We all know where tech support comes from, but I was surprised to hear this, from architect John Massengale: “The first [overseas customer service rep] I spoke to couldn’t say the letter ‘v’ — that’s not good when you work for a company named Vonage.”

Of course, not all outsourcing originates from the suits at the top. We won’t discuss sex tourism, but a friend of my sister’s recently found it more affordable to travel to India to have her cataracts removed than to have the surgery done here.

Think your job is immune? Maybe not. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that “overseas tutors are teaching U.S. students math, science, English and social studies [online]. And parents are paying half as much as they would for face-to-face instruction.”