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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Our Founding Fathers Were Such Drunks, Franklin Put Together A Drunk Dictionary

Like most college students, when I wasn’t hitting the books, I could be found at the local dive bar.

And while my English classes taught me countless lessons about our wonderful language, few things were more enjoyable to me than coming up with colorful synonyms for being inebriated. Long before getting “wasted,” “toasted,” or even “slizzard” was a thing, our favorite founding father, Benjamin Franklin, had his own dictionary for being drunk. Literally.

In a 1737 edition of his newspaper, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Franklin circulated his drunken list to the masses by publishing what he called “The Drinker’s Dictionary.” It’s pretty evident that when it came to writing the Constitution, our founding fathers must have had a few pints here and there, because there are more than 220 phrases in the “drunktionary.” And while a handful of these phrases are still used today, most of them have fallen to the wayside.

Here are some of our favorite phrases to best describe having a bit too much to drink.

1. Drunk as a wheelbarrow

2. Buskey

3. Piss’d in the brook

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Celebrities And Their Historical Doppelgangers Will Blow Your Mind. Wow.

Are these celebrities time travelers or do they just have random historical doppelgangers? Like all people who came before us, there have to be some repeats. If you looked at enough old pictures, you’d probably find someone who looked like you. After all, there can only be so many unique faces, right?

I suppose it makes sense that those popular and powerful enough to have their likeness captured by a camera look like the folks who make their livings in front of one. Check out these celebrities and their historical doppelgangers!  

1.) Alec Baldwin / Millard Fillmore

2.) Zach Galifianakis / Louis Vuitton

3.) Ellen Degeneres / Henry David Thoreau

4.) George Carlin / Charles Darwin

5.) Jennifer Lawrence / Zubaida Tharwat (Egyptian Actress)

6.) Conan O’Brien / Marshall Henry Twitchell

7.) Sylvester Stallone / Pope Gregory IX

8.) Mark Zuckerberg / Philip IV

9.) Jack Gleeson / Caligula

10.) Andrew Garfield / Leon Trotsky

11.) Jack Black / Paul Revere

12.) Bruce Willis / WWII General Douglas MacArthur

13.) Peter Dinklage / Diego Velazquez’s “Portrait of Sebastián de Morra”

14.) Rupert Grint / David Wilkie

15.) Orlando Bloom / Nicolae Grigorescu

16.) Macaulay Culkin / Vladimir Putin

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Those are all pretty spot on. You know what? I’ve changed my mind; they ARE time travelers. That’s got to be it.

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