Someone sent this to me in email and I had to research it to see if it was true.
15-year-old Catherine Cudney: occupation: "does as she pleases"
"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9YBG-HTZ?cc=1417683&wc=QZ24-Y9G%3A1589394822%2C1589399298%2C1589396406%2C1589398010 : 24 December 2015), Wisconsin > Richland > Orion > ED 238 > image 4 of 18; citing NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
I wonder about the occupation listed for John G. Duff, 55yo, of Elk Garden, Virginia, in the 1880 Census:
"Watching with arms for his enimies"
What a story his family must have told the enumerator!