12 Ridiculous Jobs That Thankfully Don’t Exist Anymore

Everyone complains about work every now and then. It’s impossible not to.

Most people are expected to undergo at least four career changes by the time they turn 32. For those of you looking for a new career path or just standing around the water cooler complaining about your current job, remember that thanks to technology and other advancements, the possibilities are endless. (After all, a “social media specialist” was not a thing a few years ago.)

Although we have our fair share of bizarre jobs, these 12 occupations from the past are pretty odd, too.

1. Rat Catcher

It’s pretty self-explanatory, but rat catchers would travel the streets of London during the Victorian Era, catching mice and rats with their bare hands. Sometimes, they used poison and terriers to help them out.

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2. Body Snatcher

Also known as resurrectionists, body snatchers would dig up bodies from graves and sell them to medical schools.

3. Ornatrices

This is the Ancient Roman equivalent of a beautician. An ornatrice would be hired to ensure that members of the nobility were always up on the latest trends.

4. Barber-Surgeon

Barber shops still are quite popular today, but in the 1500s, your neighborhood barber would be responsible for trimming hair, removing lice, pulling teeth, and administering blood work. Fun.

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5. Roman Orgy Planner

This takes party planning to the extreme. In Ancient Rome, orgy planners were in charge of planning every aspect of these sexual events. This included the guest lists, the food, and the locations of the orgies.

6. Litter Carrier

We’ve all seen royals making grand entrances in movies while being carried by four strong men. Luckily, this form of transportation was made obsolete by carriages.

7. Knock Knobbler

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Perhaps a boring job, knock knobbler’s were tasked with shooing stray dogs out of churches in Elizabethan times.

8. Computer

Believe it or not, before there were Macbook Pros or Dells, there were human beings that would perform all the tasks now associated with our laptops. NASA used to hire people for the job of “computer.” This female-dominated industry would require them to generate error-free mental calculations for hours at a time.

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9. Groom of the Stool

These helpers, who aided the king with going to the bathroom, received their own places on the king’s court. That being said, it was still a crappy job.

10. Cat Meat Deliverer

Some lucky cats were able to have their meals delivered daily by a cat meat deliverer. They would go from slaughterhouse to slaughterhouse collecting meat scraps to serve to kitties belonging to wealthy families.

11. Lector

These factory workers were tasked with reading the news and other forms of literature aloud to the other employees over the course of the day.

12. Pinsetter

Prior to automatic resetting machines, bowling pins had to be set up manually.

See? Your job doesn’t seem so bad now, does it?

(via AllDay)

After all, just think about how horrible it’d be to scream the news in a noisy factory all day.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/odd-jobs-in-history/

The Fight For Pitbull’s Political Soul: Republicans Want Pitbull To Join Them

Will Mr. 305 become Mr. GOP? Republicans and Democrats actually have strong opinions about this.

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The enduring hunt for Republican celebrities has its newest viable target: Pitbull.

Latino Republicans in Florida have made overtures to the Cuban-American star to join the party himself and support its candidates.

The Miami rapper, whose real name is Armando Pérez, served as a surrogate for President Obama in 2012, introducing the president in Florida at a campaign stop. But Republicans say it would make sense for Pitbull to make the switch.

“I saw Armando at a party in Miami the other night and immediately started selling him on Jeb,” said Ana Navarro, a longtime Republican strategist. “It’d be professional negligence not to. Armando is Mr. 305 and well, that’s Jeb’s area code, too.”

In fact, prominent Florida Republicans Gov. Rick Scott and Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado recently showered Pitbull with gifts and praise, giving him the key to the city and declaring his birthday, Jan. 15, “Pitbull Day.” Scott also bestowed the title of Ambassador of the Arts on him.

At the event, Pitbull announced the expansion of his Sports Leadership and Management (SLAM) charter school.

Anitere Flores, a Cuban-America Florida state senator recently featured as a rising star in the Republican Party, gave an honorary degree to Pitbull last summer from Doral College, where she serves as president. She said the Republican Party is where he belongs.

“Who wouldn’t want Pitbull?” she said. “He can’t just get us votes in the 305, he can get us votes worldwide.”

Everybody just loves Pitbull.

“¡Dale! The Republican Party’s doors are always open,” said Ali Pardo, a Cuban-American RNC spokesperson from Miami.

But please do not think this is just about securing the support of a famous person: Republicans point to his entrepreneurial sense (high-profile partnerships and stakes with brands like Voli Vodka and Miami Subs) and commitment to education (those charter schools!) as the basis for his GOP future.

“Pitbull is well-liked, hugely respected. I see him as policy-oriented. He’s an entrepreneur who cares enormously about education and is an active advocate of school choice,” Navarro said. “He frequently shows up in schools and gives students motivational and aspirational speeches. I don’t see him as a partisan but as a guy who is grateful for the opportunities this country has given him, and as someone who wants to give back every way he can.”

Democrats reached by BuzzFeed News scoffed at the idea that the “Give Me Everything” singer would support Republicans — and likewise showered praise on him.

“I think the Florida Democratic Party and Democratic Party nationwide, we’re the big tent party, we’re the worldwide party,” said Max Steele of the Florida Democrats. “The RNC is welcome to put all their eggs in a celebrity-recruitment basket, we wish them luck. But the Democratic message on everything from comprehensive immigration reform to expanding Medicaid, those issues resonate across the board more than a single celebrity endorsement.”

“Pitbull, a Latino icon, siding with anti-immigrants? Sorry, I simply can’t picture that with a Kodak,” said a Democratic congressional aide for a Latino member.

Gabriela Domenzain, an Obama campaign veteran, dinged Republicans, saying Latino outreach is crucial but a losing battle for them.

“The best position that any Latino voter can be in is one in which the Democratic and Republican Party are actually vying for their vote,” she said. “It’s important for them to try to convince Latino voters, Pitbull or anybody else, that the Republican Party is where they want to be.”

Navarro said that if Pitbull wants to participate in Republican politics, he’d be welcomed with open arms. But knowing him, she sees him more as someone moved by certain issues rather than party loyalty.

“I get the sense he cares deeply about advancing causes more than one party or another. He has true cross-over appeal. He not only appeals to Spanish and English speakers but also to members of different parties,” she said.

When asked for comment by BuzzFeed News, Pitbull showed that he’s not about the simple binaries of red or blue in American politics.

“I’m not here to be part of any political party,” Pitbull said in a statement. “I’m here to bring political parties to my party because they can’t, they won’t they never will, stop the Pitbull party, Dale!”

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/adriancarrasquillo/what-would-the-music-be-without-sounds

The Real Story Of Sweeney Todd Is Far More Disturbing Than The Penny Dreadful Version

Most of us are familiar with the grisly story of Sweeney Todd, otherwise known as “the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”

This murderous character killed his victims by luring them into his barbershop and slitting their throats as they sat in his chair. He then pulled a lever that dropped them down through a trap door into his basement. After they were dead, he cut up their bodies with the help of Mrs. Lovett, the pie shop owner next door. That’s when the devious pair turned their victims into meat pies to sell to unwitting customers.

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Up until now, it’s been assumed that this story is entirely fictional, but what if I told you that it might have been inspired by real events?

In the story, the infamous pie shop was located on Fleet Street in London.

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But in the 14th century, the Rue des Marmousets bakery was actually located in France near the Notre Dame Cathedral, a popular tourist area.

And it sat right next door to — you guessed it — a barbershop.

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Like Sweeney Todd’s character, the resident barber lured foreigners inside with promises of a close shave.

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While they waited in the chair, he slit their throats and took them into his basement, where he and the baker ground their flesh and used it to make meat pies. Sounds familiar.

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They kept this up for three years, until a dog was found barking outside of the barbershop. It refused to leave that spot for three days.

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The dog belonged to one of their victims, who they mistakenly thought wouldn’t be missed.

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But the man hadn’t traveled to Paris alone, and when his wife found their dog barking and suspected that it had something to do with his disappearance, she called the police. They later found a pile of human bones in the basement.

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As punishment for their horrific crimes, the killers were burned to death.

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Their shops were torn down, so nothing remained to prove that these events were real, except for a bronze statue of the dog that blew their cover.

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(via All Day)

Well, there goes any sense of comfort we once had about these monsters only existing in plays and movies.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/the-real-sweeney-todd/

Former Trump senior adviser SLAMS CNN’s Jeff Zucker over Matt Lauer

A.J. Delgado, a senior adviser to the Trump 2016 campaign, came out swinging today on Twitter after CNN President Jeff Zucker claimed that he had no idea Matt Lauer was a serial sexual predator while he was executive producer of “Today” and later president of NBC Entertainment and CEO of NBC Universal. From Variety:

Jeff Zucker said he was shocked by sexual assault and harassment allegations against “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer, labeling the charges “incredibly disturbing.”

“I’ve known Matt for 25 years and I didn’t know this Matt,” Zucker said at Business Insider’s Ignition conference on Thursday, adding, “It’s incredibly, incredibly heartbreaking.”

Delgado tweeted in response:

Read more: https://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2017/11/30/former-trump-senior-adviser-slams-cnns-jeff-zucker-over-matt-lauer/

Pope’s first tweet gets over 31K retweets, attracts death wishes & venom

http://twitter.com/#!/Pontifex/status/278808536404852736

After more than a week of buzz and anticipation, Pope Benedict XVI tweeted for the first time this morning. The 85-year-old pontiff’s first tweet was in English. It was sent from a tablet device and racked up over 24,000 retweets in under two hours.

How can we celebrate the Year of Faith better in our daily lives?

— Benedict XVI (@Pontifex) December 12, 2012

By speaking with Jesus in prayer, listening to what he tells you in the Gospel and looking for him in those in need

— Benedict XVI (@Pontifex) December 12, 2012

The pope offered a prayer before sending his first tweet.

.@pontifex begins with a prayer … #tweetingwhilepraying

— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) December 12, 2012

Here’s a pic of @pontifex Tweeting: twitter.com/finansakrobat/…

— financial acrobat (@finansakrobat) December 12, 2012

@pontifex sending first tweet twitter.com/LisaHendey/sta…

— Lisa Hendey (@LisaHendey) December 12, 2012

There we are … @pontifex #livefromrome twitter.com/kathrynlopez/s…

— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) December 12, 2012

Another look at @pontifex first tweet shows the help he had twitter.com/LisaHendey/sta…

— Lisa Hendey (@LisaHendey) December 12, 2012

Pope Benedict’s (@pontifex) first [English] tweet definitely close to record for retweets…within minutes nearly 2500 retweets

— benwedeman (@bencnn) December 12, 2012

After 30 minutes @pontifex‘s first tweet clocks just under 13,000 Retweets. Most celebrities, newspapers would die for such media impact.

— Social Media LF (@SocialMediaLF) December 12, 2012

More than 24K retweets already for Pope Benedict XVI’s first tweet @pontifex

— Ross Weidner (@RossWeidner) December 12, 2012

While the pope’s first tweet was in English, he quickly followed up with tweets from his other accounts.

Queridos amigos, me uno a vosotros con alegría por medio de Twitter. Gracias por vuestra respuesta generosa. Os bendigo a todos de corazón.

— Benedicto XVI (@Pontifex_es) December 12, 2012

Cari amici, è con gioia che mi unisco a voi via twitter. Grazie per la vostra generosa risposta. Vi benedico tutti di cuore.

— Benedetto XVI (@Pontifex_it) December 12, 2012

Chers amis, c’est avec joie que je m’unis à vous par twitter. Merci pour votre réponse généreuse. Je vous bénis tous de grand cœur.

— Benoît XVI (@Pontifex_fr) December 12, 2012

Drodzy Przyjaciele, z radością łączę się z wami przez twitter. Dziękuję za wasze liczne odpowiedzi. Z serca wam błogosławię.

— Benedykt XVI (@Pontifex_pl) December 12, 2012

الأصدقاء الأعزاء، بفرح أنضم لكم عبر تويتر. كل الشكر لاستجابتكم الكريمة. وبكل القلب أبارككم.

— بندكتس السادس عشر (@Pontifex_ar) December 12, 2012

Liebe Freunde! Gerne verbinde ich mich mit euch über Twitter. Danke für die netten Antworten. Von Herzen segne ich euch.

— Benedikt XVI (@Pontifex_de) December 12, 2012

Queridos amigos, é com alegria que entro em contacto convosco via twitter. Obrigado pela resposta generosa. De coração vos abençoo a todos.

— Bento XVI (@Pontifex_pt) December 12, 2012

And predictably, the death wishes and hate weren’t far behind. The pope offered blessings to all and these are just some of the disgusting tweets he received in response.

DIE!!! @pontifex

— Pawl (@PabloAragunde) December 12, 2012

You will burn underground @pontifex

— Murat Çakır (@CakirMurat_) December 12, 2012

Die @pontifex

— Cocksucker Jones (@iCumBl00d) December 12, 2012

@pontifex Fuck yo couch, you dickhead in the stupid hat

— James Tickner (@TicknerJ) December 12, 2012

@pontifex do you fuck kids?

— Alex Mathieson (@MathiesonAlex) December 12, 2012

@pontifex Why don’t you go to fuck your fracking mother’s corpse and let the children alone?

— Lady Magikarp (@Magikarp_Inutil) December 12, 2012

@pontifex Fuck you. Cunt.

— AnonDeath420 (@ExpectLulz) December 12, 2012

@pontifex Piss off you paedo cunt!

— David Chambers (@stellasbelly) December 12, 2012

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@pontifex @cnn fuck u

— Julieta Vazquez (@shokoshika) December 12, 2012

@pontifex fuck you nigga biatch

— Take Another Shot (@ZazoBucketHead) December 12, 2012

@pontifex fuck off u dirty kiddy fiddling nonce cunt

— jonpaulbussey (@buzzy001) December 12, 2012

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@pontifex. Mr Pope I have several underage boys with me right now and was wondering if you were interested ???

— Patrick Kidney (@PatrickKidney2) December 12, 2012

.@pontifex Fuck you. I’ll rape your fucking dog.

— Reverend Ol’ Darcy(@RevOlDarcyMD) December 12, 2012

.@pontifexbless my dick in your mouth, bitch

— Bardley Lombardo (@BardleyFarts) December 12, 2012

Disgraceful. It seems these are the people most in need of the pope’s blessings.

Update:

The pope’s first tweet now has over 28,000 retweets.

28,000 retweets and counting #Pontifex twitter.com/Pontifex/statu…

— Jess @YouSaySocial (@YouSaySocial) December 12, 2012

And the hate continues with repulsive fake retweets.

RT @pontifex: Dear little boys, I am pleased to get to touch you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response.

— Lars (@Larzuy) December 12, 2012

RT @pontifex: Sexy pre-teen boys

— Tim Lake (@3shirts) December 12, 2012

Think the pope left his twitter logged in … RT @pontifex: I love jewish cock!

— terrysaunders (@terrysaunders) December 12, 2012

RT @pontifex: Fuck bitches.

— Siss (@szzrd) December 12, 2012

RT “@pontifex: Dear friends, I can touch your kids through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless you all from my Holy Dick”

— STD FREE! (mostly) (@A_Bit_2_Rude) December 12, 2012

Update:

The man has amazing social media reach: 31,000 retweets and counting.

Benedict XVI@pontifex has more followers than John Hyde! 751K followers + 31.2K retweets of last message -not Christmas yet!

— Michelle Roberts (@MichelleMidland) December 12, 2012

The haters might scoff at the pope’s blessing, but what wouldn’t they give for a retweet?

I know most everyone says RTs don’t mean endorsement, but man, that rule is going to bend if the Pope retweets you.

— John Hayward (@Doc_0) December 12, 2012

Update:

At 9:00 a.m. ET, the pope sent additional English-language tweets.

How can faith in Jesus be lived in a world without hope?

— Benedict XVI (@Pontifex) December 12, 2012

We can be certain that a believer is never alone. God is the solid rock upon which we build our lives and his love is always faithful

— Benedict XVI (@Pontifex) December 12, 2012

And at 10:15 a.m., the first papal tweet has blown past 38,000 retweets.

Wow! 38.500 RTs for writing “I bless you all” bit.ly/Xakwd6 Why did it take the Vatican so long to get here?

— Fabio Reinhardt (@Enigma424) December 12, 2012

Update:

It’s not even noon on the East Coast and the pope’s first tweet has been retweeted more than 41,000 times.

@pontifex first ever tweet got 41,694 retweets and 13,808 favorites. WHAT IS WOW! 🙂

— Nadine Evangelista (@nadineheartsyou) December 12, 2012

Update:

The pope solicits your suggestions on how to be more prayerful. Based on earlier response, this should ratchet up the disgusting hate to previously unseen levels.

Any suggestions on how to be more prayerful when we are so busy with the demands of work, families and the world?

— Benedict XVI (@Pontifex) December 12, 2012

Offer everything you do to the Lord, ask his help in all the circumstances of daily life and remember that he is always beside you

— Benedict XVI (@Pontifex) December 12, 2012

Update:

A day truly marked in history – 10 hours, +48,000 RTs already. I wonder how that would look on a resume ..”managed the @pontifex handle…”

— Massive Media (@_MassiveMedia) December 12, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/12/12/pope-benedict-xvis-first-tweet-gets-over-24k-retweets-attracts-death-wishes-and-vile-hate/

‘Dirty Grandpa’ Robert De Niro tells grads that America’s a ‘tragic dumbass comedy’

Read more: http://twitchy.com/sd-3133/2017/05/30/dirty-grandpa-robert-de-niro-tells-brown-grads-that-americas-a-tragic-dumbass-comedy/

Fred Willard researching new movie ‘The Yank’? Arrested for lewd conduct. TMZ also reports that Willard is in pre-production for a movie called “The Yank.” Hey, he was just researching. Method acting, people! Yeah, that’s the

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Oh, dear. Actor Fred “Pee Wee Herman” Willard was arrested for “lewd conduct” in an adult movie theater in Hollywood last night.

Actor Fred Willard has been arrested for lewd conduct, caught with his pants down in an adult cinema http://t.co/oeEmMjb9 #FredWillard #LAPD

— Music News (@OneMusicNews) July 19, 2012

More from TMZ:

Fred Willard was arrested for lewd conduct last night in Hollywood when police caught him with his pants down in an adult movie theater … TMZ has learned.

According to law enforcement sources, LAPD undercover vice officers went into the Tiki Theater in Hollywood and found the 78-year-old “Anchorman” star watching last night’s feature … with his penis exposed and in his hand — aka, pulling a Pee-Wee Herman.

TMZ also reports that Willard is in pre-production for a movie called “The Yank.” Hey, he was just researching. Method acting, people! Yeah, that’s the ticket!

Twitter users are highly amused.

Fred Willard arrested for spanking it in a movie theatre. Wow, that new Batman movie must really be good.

— Joey Dangerously (@JoeB_OandBP) July 19, 2012

Upon further review, maybe this is guerilla marketing gone wrong. Notice the name of his latest movie. http://t.co/zDEjutFL

— Darren Sweeney (@dwsweeney) July 19, 2012

There are still adult movie theaters?! http://t.co/KuPJNGWW

— Jim Henson (@jamesrhenson) July 19, 2012

Fred Willard Superfreak!!!!

— Derek Blackmon (@derekblackmon) July 19, 2012

@Fred_Willard Don't worry. You'll pull your way out of this. Jokes aside, it is a BS charge. It's like busting someone drinking in a bar.

— Dion Rose (@wdrose47) July 19, 2012

It certainly gives new meaning to one of his other movies: “Best in Show.”

A few have some advice for the lewd actor for the next time he wants to take matters into his own hands.

Will someone please buy Fred a computer? -> Fred Willard Arrested for Lewd Conduct http://t.co/Mv44Ta1n via @TMZ

— Darla Krusee (@darlakrusee) July 19, 2012

Update:

I love Fred Willard. He's a great guy. For his birthday I'm getting him a den and a computer.

— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) July 19, 2012

Good idea!

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/07/19/actor-fred-willard-researching-for-new-movie-the-yank-arrested-for-lewd-conduct/