So, while I have NEVER done anything worthwhile that I have gotten paid for (wait, the one exception is the summer I was a camp counselor, but that's it) I HAVE done lots of cool stuff for free. In my latest brush with fame I was interviewed by a reporter from the Wall Street Journal about what parents think about grade retention. I was a little ticked that they got my story wrong and misrepresented ADHD drugs as the wonder cure, but hey, at least I was in the national media. Up until now i've just done local stuff like this and this and this and this and this. The Pork Wars one was actually listed as one of the most memorable stories of 2008.
One thing I just did that I did get paid for though, was write a 350 word article about rice. I got paid 5 bucks through Amazon Mechanical Turk. It's a nifty little deal through Amazon.com where you do different tasks (mostly online) and get paid. Lots of tasks pay less than a dollar, but there are a few that pay a bit more. Some skilled (like translating) and some unskilled. It won't make me famous, or rich, but hey, it's five bucks and I didn't have to deliver a pizza to get it.