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?

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

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5 Of The Most Disgusting Things People Do For Their ‘Health Benefits’

People tend to try some pretty unsavory things when they believe they’re good for them.

New mothers eating their own placentas after they give birth is one of the nastier ones that comes to mind, but there are much, much worse things that people ingest for the supposed health benefits attached.

Not only do people eat gross things for medicinal purposes, though, but they also put themselves through disgusting processes that may not even work. Here’s just a small sampling of the most nausea-inducing practices.

1. In Chinese culture, many people eat leeches, believing it will help treat strokes, high blood pressure, and bruises.

2. Tiger penis soup is an Asian dish that many cultures believe enhances male masculinity. It is also considered to be an aphrodisiac, improving sexual performance.

3. Ear candling is an alternative medical procedure that people use to remove wax buildup. One end of a candle is placed in the ear canal, while the other is lit, supposedly creating a vacuum that draws out impurities. The catch? This can cause injuries like burns and even perforation of the eardrum.

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4. Some celebrities use urine therapy, or urotherapy, for a supposedly wide range of health benefits, including immunization against allergies and treatment of calluses. This involves rubbing your own urine on your skin or even drinking it. However, there is no scientific evidence that proves it is therapeutic.

5. Fecal microbiota transplant is the process of taking fecal material from one healthy person and introducing it to another patient by means of an enema, colonoscopy, or disgustingly enough, by mouth in the form of capsules containing the freeze-dried material.

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This has actually been proven to be an effective treatment for people with Clostridium difficile infection, which causes diarrhea, fever, nausea, and abdominal pain. It is becoming more and more popular in North America and Europe.

Is anyone else skipping their next meal after reading that?

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What Gordon Ramsay Ate In Vietnam Is Insanely Disturbing…What Did It Taste Like?

Gordon Ramsay has earned himself a reputation as a celebrity chef and with an adventurous palate. While this makes for great entertainment for us viewers, it doesn’t always look so pleasant for Ramsay. Take this clip from the 2011 season of his show, “Gordon’s Great Escape.” In it, the chef pays a visit to Vietnam and is served a rare delicacy: the beating heart of a snake…

Here’s our mild NSFW warning if you don’t have a strong stomach…

Well, I’ll be honest…that looks like a very stressful eating situation.

And that poor snake!

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10 Gross Things You’re Doing Right Now. Yes, You And YES, Now.

What can’t our bodies do? They convert food into energy. They move us around. They give us lots of enjoyment (as well as a little frustration, probably). We live with our bodies every day, and do our best to make them look presentable.

But there’s only so much one can do to disguise the fact that the body is, in fact, pretty amazingly gross. Don’t worry. There’s nothing wrong with you. These things are normal and natural, even if they weird you out.

Get to know yourself better:

1.) Eyelash mites

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They feel pretty when you put on mascara, too! Eyelash mites, or Demodex folliculorum, are tiny guys camping out at the base of your eyelashes, with as many as 25 to a follicle. That sounds like a lot, but they’re tiny and harmless, only causing allergic reactions in people with sensitivities. Wave hello when you look in the mirror.

2.) Mucus

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Mucus is just a fancy word for snot. While snot is usually associated with noses and sinuses, it’s found in the mouth, throat, lungs, and gastrointestinal tract. There’s more mucus present when you have a cold, but it’s always there; your body produces up to 2 liters of the stuff on a daily basis.

And for good reason. Mucus is a lubricant. Without it, your mouth, nose, throat, and organs would dry out. You know how awful it is when your throat and nose feel dry? Thank mucus for helping you not feel like that all the time. Mucus also catches dust, pollen, dirt, or whatever else gets into your body through breathing. Mucus keeps these foreign substances from irritating the lungs and other organs. Hooray for mucus!

3.) Acid

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Your stomach produces hydrogen to digest food, which mixes with the chloride in there and creates hydrochloric acid (HCl). This acid is found in commercial fertilizers, dyes, and the process known as fracking. It’s strong enough to dissolve metal, so how come it’s nice and contained in your stomach? Thank your pal mucus for that. Mucus coats the stomach’s lining and protects it from breaking down by the acid.

4.) Vomit

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When you think about it, vomit is just undigested food when it’s not inside your body anymore. The average stomach holds about three quarters of a gallon of food and beverages, and you know when you’ve reached your limit because you feel queasy. There’s a “vomit center” in your brain that flips the switch and makes you toss your cookies. Food-borne illness, regular illness, pregnancy, and medical treatments like chemotherapy all induce vomiting. And, you know, too much partying. In the cases of food-borne illness and partying, vomiting is a defensive reaction, meant to get harmful substances out of your body as soon as possible. If you don’t have to vomit, the food passes through your digestive system and becomes…

5.) Poop

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Everybody poops! Your body takes the nutrients it needs from the food you eat. It gets rid of whatever it doesn’t need. Your intestines are at a combined 25 feet long, about the length of an average garden hose, and full of poo. Aside from unneeded food, stool is also made of other waste from our body, including mucus, dead cells, bacteria, and water. Normal poop is about 75% water. Most people get rid of 3 to 8 ounces every day.

6.) Tonsil stones

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Your tonsils have pockets, provided you still have them. These pockets collect dead cells, mucus, and bacteria, forming a charming substance that hardens and become tonsil stones, or tonsilloliths. People with chronic tonsil issues have a higher chance of getting these. They also seem to appear more in people who have chronic dry mouth. Some people won’t notice them, and some may feel discomfort. They can also cause bad breath. You can easily remove them with a swab or by rinsing the mouth, and prevent them by keeping your mouth clean and hydrated.

7.) Gas

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Yes, farts. The average person burps or farts 14 to 23 times a day. Human gas is composed of carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitrogen, and hydrogen, as well as methane and sulfur. Our “natural gas” is mostly caused by swallowing air, although gassiness can also occur after eating certain foods. Known gas-inducing culprits include sugary and high-fiber foods (as well as beans and broccoli, as you probably know). Food allergies and digestive sensitivities also contribute to gas.

8.) Earwax

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Don’t dig around in your ears too much because it’s gross. Also, ear wax (or cerumen) is your friend. This waxy substance secreted by glands in your ear prevents dust and sometimes bugs from getting in your ears. Ear wax also keeps the ear canal lubricated and contains antibacterial properties. Look, if it didn’t have a purpose, it wouldn’t be there, okay? Get your fingers out of there.

9.) Bacteria

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The average human body is home to about 10 times as many microbial cells as it is human cells. A study shows that nearly three pounds of you, on average, isn’t you, but your own population of bacteria. Your body is its own ecosystem, and home to lots of friendly little guys. About 100 trillion little guys, to be specific. You’re a universe! Many of your inhabitants are quite helpful, too, providing you with aid in digesting food and fighting off the 1% of bodily bacteria that can cause disease or infection. So love your microbes! They love you. At least 99% of them do, but that’s a pretty good approval rating.

10.) Fatty deposits

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Also known as lipomas, fatty deposits are simply deposits of fat. They are fat cells growing and storing fat in a weird place. They’re usually painless and harmless, and always kind of squishy.

If this makes you feel like a terrifying beast of grossness, don’t worry! This is happening to everyone on the planet right now. Your boss, your crush, and the celebrities you idolize experience these bodily happenings. They’re just like you: icky and full of critters. Doesn’t that make you feel better?

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