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  • From employees hired to steal dead bodies to people hired to farm digital currency for

  • almost no income themselves we count 15 of some of the most horrible occupations ever

  • seen throughout history 15 - Vomit Collector,

  • • A slave to the Roman Empire who was forced to hang around dining room tables waiting

  • for vomit to hit the floor so he can crawl around on all fours and clean it up

  • It was actually a common occupation since the emperor and his guests would voluntarily

  • vomit to make room for more foodIn fact, Julius Caesar avoided an assassination

  • attempt by feigning interest in visiting the toilet, only to return to his room to blow

  • chunks - which, of course, would need to be cleaned up by a certain slave

  • 14 - Fuller, • A job in which sheep are sheared, their

  • wool carded, spun and then woven - basically, cleanse and thicken woollen cloth

  • This wasn't so bad except they needed alkaline to cleanse the wool and it was expensive,

  • so they turned to stale urine instead - gallons of urine taken from farms and private houses,

  • only for the poor wool cleaner to trod through urine for over 7 hours a day, up to their

  • knees in stale human urineNot something you'd want to print on your

  • resume 13 - Sin-Eater,

  • Pretty much a terrible job no matter which way you spin it, the sin-eater was a 19th

  • century outcast who nobody cared about, essentially a homeless person paid to absorb the sins

  • of other peopleThey did this by waiting for a person

  • to die, pass food over the corpse, then have the sin-eater eat the food and thereby absorb

  • the sins - in return they were given scraps of money

  • The sin-eaters give up any chance of a decent afterlife, are shunned by society and

  • usually starving to death anyway - but hey, first world problems, am I right?

  • 12 - Gold Farmer, • A Chinese job started around 2007 in the

  • massively multiplayer online role playing game World of Warcraft, in which your job

  • is to amass virtual currency called goldThe gold is sold to other players in exchange

  • for real money, but to farm the gold is basically slave labour - work in 12 hour shifts for

  • the world's most measly pay: 30 cents per hour

  • That's $3.60 per day, so you've already paid off your monthly Warcraft subscription

  • in 5 daysWhat a deal

  • 11 - Knocker-Up, • This one has nothing to do with impregnating

  • people, which is a shame because then the occupation would actually mean something

  • Instead, the knocker-up goes around tapping on your window with some bamboo in order to

  • wake you up in time for workIn fact, he won't STOP tapping until you

  • tell him to go away, but only if you give him a little bit of money - so, you're employing

  • someone to bother youBut at least he isn't trying to sell you

  • something 10 - Spit Boy,

  • The lowest ranking-member of kitchen staff, a teenage hired to stand there and turn a

  • metal spit that roasts meat for hoursAnd it wasn't as easy as you might think

  • - the meat was packed on so extensively that you could barely turn the thing, the handle

  • made of iron, heat in your face all day longJust imagine if someone hired you to stand

  • next to a bonfire and lift weights for 8 hours a day - try and keep your eyeballs from melting

  • into your beard 9 - Leech Collector,

  • • A job that continued until the late 19th century, to collect leeches so they can latch

  • onto a medical patient and withdraw small amounts of blood for therapeutic reasons

  • Leech-gatherers were forced to wade through dense leech-filled areas and allow them to

  • latch onto their legs and suck, losing tremendous amounts of blood for measly pay

  • It never occurred to them that they should maybe use a net

  • 8 - Body Snatcher, • A man employed to dig up fresh graves

  • and sell off the bodies, without leaving any trace that the body was now gone so as not

  • to alert the grieving familyThe bodies were used in the rapidly-advancing

  • 19th century field of medicine with medical students who desperately needed fresh bodies,

  • but with only executed criminals allowed, they turned to this black market trade

  • And then we all discovered cremation and the industry took a downward turn

  • 7 - Subway Pusher, • A Japanese line of employment created

  • purely to manage the peak hour public transport traffic, when trains are filled beyond 200%

  • of their maximum capacityThe pushers job is to cram people in so

  • the doors will actually close, otherwise the train can't leave and you get massive delays

  • Pushers are generally made up of part-time students, train staff or desperate bulked-up

  • part-time workers who like pushing people around

  • 6 - Dog Whipper, • A lovely title for a church employee in

  • charge of keeping dogs from interrupting the weekly service

  • In the 16th through 19th centuries, church-goers would bring along their pets but it was the

  • job of the dog whipper, armed with whip and wooden tongs, to eject animals if they became

  • disruptiveIt was a valid occupation with payment

  • records still around in old parish account books from churches all over England

  • 5 - Snake Milker, • This is a job still around today, to get

  • your venomous snake to squirt its venom into a cup to create an antivenin used to treat

  • snake bitesIn fact, one legendary snake milker named

  • Bill Haast survived over 172 venomous snake bites during the whole of his 100 year career

  • This is mostly due to the fact he was a snake milker, so antivenin was abundant

  • and the snake responsible very close by 4 - Plague Burier,

  • The Black Death which swept through Europe, leaving piles and piles of bodies rotting

  • in people's housesIf you've watched some Monty Python, you'll

  • know about the old quote "Bring our yer dead", but that really is what happened - someone

  • was hired to go around with a cart collecting bodies to head off and bury them

  • And the employees were then riddled with disease from the decomposing corpse, so not

  • long after they got sick and had to be dumped on another cart moved by some other unlucky

  • fool 3 - Groom of the Stool,

  • • A fancy way to describe someone hired by royalty to stand in the toilet with them

  • and then wipe their grotty ass-crack and clean it

  • But they weren't slaves, oh no - more often than not you'll find the sons of noblemen

  • or personal assistants to the King very high up on social standing

  • To be selected to clean the gunk off a royal anus was quite the honour, and it's

  • a shame we're today forced to do it ourselves like savage cave-men

  • 2 - Tosher, • A person who used to scavenge in the sewers

  • of London, stripping valuable copper from the hulls of ships and stealing tradable treasures

  • flushed down sewersThis occupation made you smell like garbage

  • 24/7, so you might imagine they weren't very popular when encountered

  • 1 - French BeggarThis is barely an occupation, more of

  • a desperate act for homeless people to get by day-to-day

  • It was pre-revolution France and beggar competition was intense, so the idea came

  • up to invoke as much sympathy from donators as possible

  • The worst of which involved something called denatsate, in which the mouth is cut

  • open ear-to-ear in a joker's grin - gums and nose removed, a disfigured face pleading with

  • you for coinsPuts things into perspective next time

  • you complain about your 9/5 job

From employees hired to steal dead bodies to people hired to farm digital currency for

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15 Worst Jobs Ever

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    rachel6433   posted on 2015/04/09
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