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(The Atlantic)   The 13 worst jobs of the last 2,000 years. Now, don't you feel a lot better about what you do for a living?   (theatlantic.com) divider line 97
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2013-05-01 04:15:23 PM
Subway pusher sounds like fun, actually.
 
2013-05-01 04:17:24 PM
Alewife is pretty much my weekend job when my husband has his friends over on football Sundays .
 
2013-05-01 04:24:13 PM
That's right, you guessed it, Assistant Crack Whore.

/two jokes at the same time
 
2013-05-01 04:35:33 PM
Piss-boy is actually on there....who would have thunk it?
 
2013-05-01 04:36:58 PM
And the lowly jizz-mopper still can't catch a break.
 
2013-05-01 05:00:29 PM
Sure those jobs sound terrible but they don't have my boss.
 
2013-05-01 05:00:55 PM
I guess slaves had it pretty good since it isn't mentioned.
 
2013-05-01 05:09:32 PM

Lollipop165: Alewife is pretty much my weekend job when my husband has his friends over on football Sundays .


fap

/obvious
 
2013-05-01 05:10:21 PM
No. Not really.
 
2013-05-01 05:10:32 PM

Lollipop165: Alewife is pretty much my weekend job when my husband has his friends over on football Sundays .


FTFA: "Prepare ale at a tavern; receive fine or ducking-stool punishment for bad ale or improper portions; sometimes work as prostitute."

I bet your husband's friends really like him.
 
2013-05-01 05:11:55 PM
Nothing in there about being QA test on Spongebob games for the GBA...call me back when they put that one in.
 
2013-05-01 05:12:27 PM
gold farmer?  Really?
 
2013-05-01 05:17:01 PM

Plant Rights Activist: gold farmer?  Really?


WON PAUR
 
2013-05-01 05:17:46 PM

Wittenberg Dropout: Nothing in there about being QA test on Spongebob games for the GBA...call me back when they put that one in.


art.penny-arcade.com
 
2013-05-01 05:25:44 PM
Somewhere in Victorian England, a night soil man is saying "biatch, please," or whatever the cockney rhyming slang version of "biatch, please" is.
 
2013-05-01 05:26:42 PM

minoridiot: I guess slaves had it pretty good since it isn't mentioned.


Slave wasn't a job.
 
2013-05-01 05:30:57 PM
What about the guy how has to drain the beer from the Fark servers?
 
2013-05-01 05:31:58 PM
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What a punkah wallah might feel like...
 
2013-05-01 05:32:13 PM

imgod2u: minoridiot: I guess slaves had it pretty good since it isn't mentioned.

Slave wasn't a job.


It was a career.
 
2013-05-01 05:39:03 PM
 
2013-05-01 05:52:44 PM

minoridiot: I guess slaves had it pretty good since it isn't mentioned.


Gotta receive pay for it to be a job
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-05-01 05:57:27 PM
The egg collector one reminded me of a BBC nature podcast. The narrator was climbing a tree to move a camera closer to a hawk nest. The angry hawk was trying to defend its nest and babies, but couldn't quite get through the gaps in the man's armor. I was hoping for the hawk to rip his throat open.

The egg collector doesn't have angry hawks, but might have nasty seagulls to contend with.
 
2013-05-01 05:59:45 PM
considering my job is frequently listed as one of the least stressful jobs

...what was the question?

ah whatever, im going to take a nap under the desk
 
2013-05-01 06:00:11 PM
Me, prior to clicking: 'Okay, gong farmer better be on there.'

Me, after clicking: 'Fail.'
 
2013-05-01 06:12:05 PM

5 star chef of tv dinners: imgod2u: minoridiot: I guess slaves had it pretty good since it isn't mentioned.

Slave wasn't a job.

It was a career.


An investment.
 
2013-05-01 06:13:31 PM
Factory worker in China is NOT the worst job in the history of the world.

It's not a good job... it sucks... but it's livable.  These migrant workers FIGHT for these jobs.  They still end up with time, some time, to go out on the town and spend their remaining money.  They have cell phones etc.

It's probably equivalent to fast food worker in our country, with similar pay (bast on cost of living) but worse hours.
 
2013-05-01 06:14:54 PM
Loblolly boy: The loblolly boy's duties included serving food to the sick, but also undertaking any medical tasks that the surgeon was too busy (or too high in station) to perform. These included restraining patients during surgery, obtaining and cleaning surgical instruments, disposing of amputated limbs, and emptying and cleaning toilet utensils. The loblolly boy also often managed stocks of herbs, medicines and medical supplies. (From Wikipedia)
 
2013-05-01 06:15:14 PM
Working a rotisserie is "disgusting?" Try being a gong farmer.
 
2013-05-01 06:15:18 PM

teenage mutant ninja rapist: minoridiot: I guess slaves had it pretty good since it isn't mentioned.

Gotta receive pay for it to be a job


Don't tell your girlfriend.
 
2013-05-01 06:16:14 PM
Try being a Politics tab troll.
 
2013-05-01 06:17:51 PM
Toys R Us employee during the Christmas season not listed?  LIST FAIL.

/did it for 2 years, only Seasonal hire for the first one
//Second year I was one step under management, so it wasn't quite so bad.
///Assigned myself "Phone answerer" job.  Got to sit with my feet up and tell people "No, we don't have that in stock."
 
2013-05-01 06:19:09 PM

Bonanza Jellybean: Working a rotisserie is "disgusting?" Try being a gong farmer.


Goddamn it, Gosling.

/note to self: refresh thread before posting
 
2013-05-01 06:23:19 PM
So, I guess China's hiring?
 
2013-05-01 06:34:34 PM
For once the worn and tried OF ALL TIME meme would have actually made sense in the headline. So of course it is not there...
 
2013-05-01 06:36:31 PM

Plant Rights Activist: gold farmer?  Really?


I never understood this because 30 cents an hour strikes me as a great deal considering how many people do it for FREE.
 
2013-05-01 06:37:01 PM
People, keep in mind this is a business major's opinion on worst jobs, he research likely involved googling 'worst job of all time' and hilighting the first results.

/yes, with a hilighter.
 
2013-05-01 06:37:09 PM
No Tech Support? FAIL!!!
 
2013-05-01 06:44:09 PM
Janitor at Adult Book Store in Florida?
 
2013-05-01 06:45:30 PM
One of my first jobs in high school was working on a farm. A turkey farm. A turkey farm that did artificial insemination. Thankfully I didn't have the job of getting the male turkeys off (yes, some poor fool had to do this by hand). After 50 or 60 turkeys got off, someone would have to hold onto the syringe full of turkey jizz with an ungloved hand to keep it warm and drive 2 miles down the road to the hen barn where they inseminated all the hens. Paid about double minimum wage, good times...
 
2013-05-01 06:48:49 PM

Bonanza Jellybean: Working a rotisserie is "disgusting?" Try being a gong farmer.


Better than a spaghetti tree arborist.
 
2013-05-01 06:49:36 PM

Elzar: One of my first jobs in high school was working on a farm. A turkey farm. A turkey farm that did artificial insemination. Thankfully I didn't have the job of getting the male turkeys off (yes, some poor fool had to do this by hand). After 50 or 60 turkeys got off, someone would have to hold onto the syringe full of turkey jizz with an ungloved hand to keep it warm and drive 2 miles down the road to the hen barn where they inseminated all the hens. Paid about double minimum wage, good times...


Where'd you hold it when you had to shift gears?
 
2013-05-01 06:56:20 PM
Notice how none of these is in America?

Thanks founding fathers for building a nation that brings dignity to this world.
 
2013-05-01 07:11:35 PM
There are people that still do the egg collecting thing in Russia.

static.ddmcdn.com

Here's something to watch if you want your palms to start sweating.

Cliffside Egg Collecting | Frozen Planet
 
2013-05-01 07:20:34 PM
viking egg collector?  i didn't know vikings laid eggs
 
2013-05-01 07:21:12 PM

Bonanza Jellybean: Working a rotisserie is "disgusting?" Try being a gong farmer.


Interesting. Knowing this lends a new perspective to  "The Gong Show."
 
2013-05-01 07:32:11 PM

Lollipop165: Alewife is pretty much my weekend job when my husband has his friends over on football Sundays .



Duckingstool
upload.wikimedia.org
Don't screw up the ale.
 
2013-05-01 07:32:20 PM
I read an article a few years ago about the untouchables in India, and it had a picture of a man covered up to his neck in human shiat. His job was to manually unclog his town's primitive sewage system and do similar maintenance, and when he was finished with his task no one would even give him a hose or a bucket of water to wash off with, because he was an untouchable.
 
2013-05-01 07:46:52 PM
Asbestos removal in the 80's with a cut-rate outfit that didn't know what OSHA stood for deserves at least honorable mention.  12+ hour days of scraping glue off of ceilings with an ice scraper in 100+ degree heat while carcinogens continuously fall in your face.  I made $8 per hour and paid for a full year's tuition & living expenses in less than three months.

/Wisconsin in-state was under $4,000 in 1988
/modern gong farming still exists http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93pfNmQ85PM
 
2013-05-01 07:57:24 PM
 
2013-05-01 07:57:54 PM
It's just not the same without Baldrick explaining the job in question.  Also, aren't the opposite ends of axes supposed to be labelled with opposing concepts?  Positive/negative, liberal/conservative, authoritarian/libertarian?  I don't see how difficult and disgusting are mutually exclusive.

/pedant
 
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