Would you be a lab rat for hire? By Joy Johnston | Monday, December 15, 2008, 06:23 AM Desperate times call for desperate measures, at least for some people looking to pay their bills. A recent CNN article discussed unique, yet legal ways to earn a living. One is by being a professional lab rat, that is, to participate in medical studies. One gentleman who writes a blog about his experience states he earns a modest annual income by volunteering for medical studies. The potential drawbacks are that not everyone can qualify to be a medical study participant, and of course, the impact it can have on your health, especially for those studies involving medication. Another way that people are earning money is by selling their hair. Unlike the sell of internal body parts, this is perfectly legal and at least hair grows back. People buy hair to make everything from wigs to art. While most tresses garner in the range of a few to several hundred dollars, those with exceptionally long and beautiful locks can potentially earn a thousand or more dollars. But you may be out of luck if you process your hair by coloring or perming, as the healthiest hair possible is what is most sought after. So would you be a lab rat in order to pay the bills? What about cutting off your hair? Have you come up with any creative and legal ways to earn money in these tough economic times?