Jobs. Few topics have been in the news more over the past six years, since the start of the 2008 recession. How do we create jobs? Why aren’t there enough jobs? And how do we make sure people have good jobs?
Maybe if the jobs listed in this Mental Floss video still existed, more people would have jobs. On the other hand, maybe not. As badly as millions of people need jobs these days, and millions more need better jobs, check out this list of 35 jobs that no longer exist and you’ll be glad you have the job you have, if you are fortunate enough to have one.
And if you don’t, well, you certainly deserve one. But we are pretty confident in saying that you deserve a better job than one of these.
For example, if you never heard of the job title, “Rattener,” you will know exactly what that job does — or did — after you watch this video. And you will be very glad that you are not one.
The same goes for “Leech Collector,” which was an actual job description in the 19th century, when attaching leeches to the skin of ailing patients was thought to have medicinal value. Seems like a bizarre idea by today’s standards. But back then, apparently, it made perfect sense to trained physicians.
Or would you like to be a “knocker-upper?” Relax, it’s not what you think it is. No, a “knocker upper” was basically a human alarm clock, who walked around city neighborhood every morning knocking on people’s upper-floor windows with a long, wooden stick — to wake them up. Great job, huh?
Back in the 19th century, there was also a job known as “ressurrectionist.” We’ll let Elliot Morgan of Mental Floss explain that one to you. But trust us, it’s not a job you’d be lining up for.
Have you ever had a job that you wish never existed?