Next time you complain about your job, think about these guys.

Rat catchers were used to keep the rodent population under control in Europe. It was a dangerous job, because rats bite when they’re mad. Plus, rats are nasty.

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If not for lamplighters, cities would have been very dark back in the day.

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In the days before alarm clocks, people known as “knocker-uppers” were hired to wake their clients in the mornings, using truncheons or pea shooters.

 

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Enemy aircraft detection in the days prior to radar. Looks fun.

 

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It would be really boring working in a factory on an assembly line, right? Back in the day, “lectors” were hired to read to the employees and provide entertainment.

 

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Old-fashioned grave robbers known as “resurrectionists” would dig up corpses for universities to use as cadavers.

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