The Ten Extinct Jobs that would've sucked to have

March 23, 2010

Stressed out Worker

If you thought your job was awful, be glad you didn’t get these jobs.


As the job market in a bad shape, there were once where work was really a pain. The jobs listed were once there and extinct, much to the relief of those who might have hated them. There were a lot factors why the jobs listed went extinct, and they’ll be given. Work can be a bitch, but today’s jobs have nothing on those. Yes this list is leaving out jobs like rat-catcher, gulag guard, a ninja, a pirate, and jester because in some places they're still being often today. These jobs are the one no longer practiced, at least in the Western World.

10. Gladiator


            Okay, so it's a kind of job that a man in the Roman Era would've loved to have, even women were welcome become one. Hence, why the job was put it low on the list because it was thought prove their bravery. It was open to both free Romans and slaves. The reason why this job would've sucked was because death was a common factor. For one to be a gladiator, the worker would be subjected to harsh beating, conditions, risks to body parts being ripped off, and likelihood of being killed in the battle. However, you did get the chance to put a defeated foe out his or her pain if the Emperor gives the okay. Despite what was heard, the Emperor didn't use his thumbs to decide the fate of the defeated gladiator. If the Emperor has the hand flat, spare the life. If closed, kill. The Gladiator does run the risk of being tried for murder if the Emperor's choice wasn't done first since that was his job to decide. The job was ended after the Roman Empire fell in the 5th century.


9. Dog Whipper

 Dog Whipper

            Before animal shelters and animal control, there a way to deal with dogs in a church. In comes the Dog Whipper, a person hired to remove animals, mostly dogs, duh, from church services. They were given a whip or wooden stick to do the work. You see when having a pet was, while in between 16th and 19th centuries, it was common to have them follow their owners to church. A dog whipper ran the risk of getting bit by the animals, resulting from rabies to blood poisoning since even stray dogs gets interested, and yes, that are not cool to have them since they invite the grim reaper. The job became extinct when animal shelters were introduced.


8. Gong Farmer

Gong farmer

            During the Tudor England, people have to answer the call of nature, like today. However, there wasn't much bathroom to use, in comes the Gong Farmer comes in. Now, there were types of toilets like, pit toilet and latrines, that were very useful, but there wasn't running water, not to mention the fecal matter that needs to be remove. A gong farmer has the gross job of removing the fecal matter and buries it far from the people. There was one plus side of having the job; the payment was decent at the time. The down sides, work is going done at night, living area was limited, and the asphyxiation from the fumes was certain death.



7. Ice Cutter

Ice Farmers

            Before usage refrigerator became common, there were times where some food needs to be kept cold. To cold your chilled foods and drinks, like soda and beer cold, you had an icebox, but you had to refill the ice. In comes the Ice Cutter, to get the ice from frozen lakes, and the iceman, who deliver. The conditions of an Ice Cutter were freezing, of course, to obtain ice for those who need them. This was not for the weak because risks like frostbite and hypothermia, which both are likely to kill. An ice cutter does wear protective winter gear like a hat, jacket, trouser, boots, and gloves help deal with the cold but only for a certain amount of time. If you had times where you had to stay out in the cold for hours, and your hands were in a lot of pain even with layers on. This was gone into extinction when refrigerators were becoming user friendly and cheaper to obtain.


6. Pony Express Rider


Pony Express Rider 

       Before the telegraph was introduced in the 1860s, postal service was going a faster way to deliver mail. While carriage was used, it took more than a year. The riders of the Pony Express would be able to deliver the mail, most within 10 days, which was fast at the time. Riders had to be young, an orphan, and willing to risk life and death for a week's pay of 25 US Dollars, which was serious amount of money at the time. There were lot dangers while on the job, attacks by follow riders, Native Americans protecting their lands, heat stroke, blood poisoning from wounds, and starvation were the most common. This job ended with the introduction of the telegraph.


5. Resurrectionist (Body Snatcher)

 Body Snatcher

            During the Victorian Era England, there was a need for dead bodies for the medical school students to use for practice. The only legal source they had were recently executed by the state. This started to give some an idea to become body snatchers and steal freshly buried bodies to sell them. Some of the people didn't improve of the trade, and they tried to have certain requests to bury their dead in tombs. It wasn't long until one body snatcher decided to kill people who had little to no value to earn a day's pay. When bodies of those the medical students knew about, the body-snatchers were caught, convicted, executed, and sold to the school they were working for. New laws were passed, that included more resources, stopping the body snatcher trade, for now.


4. Groom of the Stool


            Man, if you thought cleaning your monarch’s crap was bad enough, how about cleaning his or her royal butt after taking a dump. Well, that was the job for the Groom of the Stool. A male servant had to go with the monarch when nature calls and has to clean their royal behind. Well, a woman was soon given the job when Elizabeth the First was in charge, and around that time, someone thought of a flushable toilet. However, the Groom of the Stool and Elizabeth, the toilet was straight, not in an S shaped to create a pool to keep the odor of fecal matter from coming out. This job lasted until the Edwardian Era, named for the son of Queen Victoria, much to the relief of the royals, nobles, and commoners.


3. Breaker Boy

 Breaker Boys

            When coal mining was a common trade in the United States, there was a need for separate coal from other materials found in the same places as coal. This is so coal can be sent to an area where coal is broken down into useable sizes. There were some senior coal breaker who had this work when they can no longer do their main job due to age and health. However, what sucked about the job, children made up most of the work force. Now, during this time, it was common in the United States to have children doing work when not at school. That was a problem because of the harsh labor conditions, long hour work days except Sundays, and the risk of losing a body part or worst due to the acid wash that was done. Pennsylvania did try an age limit of 12 years, but it was poorly enforced. There were several that final put an end to this child labor: compulsory education, harsher child labor laws, and improved technological innovations made this job obsolete about 1920s.


2. Link Boy

 Link Boy

            Before street lights and electricity were developed, people still needed to get away at night, where you can't see a damn thing. A Link-Boy's job is to be a guide for those who needed to see the light in order to see where they were going. Around England before street lights, there were good reasons to be afraid of the dark. A Link-Boy ran into a couple of dangers during the night while on the job due to the dark. A Link-Boy carried a torch with burning pitch and tow, which provides light but can burn the boy if misused. If risks of a burn injury or death wasn't enough, many criminals can use the dark for cover and kidnapping was a common threat and leads to who knows what.


1. Whipping Boy

 Whipping boy

            Okay, you're a young male of high birth but not a royal, yet you are paired with a royal pain in the neck of a prince and you have to take the beating. That is what life of a whipping boy was during the 1600s to 1700s. You see during this time the king was said to be appointed by a Divine Right, meaning only the Divine was more powerful than him. This means o one lower ranking than him was allow to harm his son, even using corporal punishment, when he was doing poorly. There was a problem, the king was rarely around to punish his own son, but those who had to teach the prince had a solution, a whipping boy. Since a whipping boy was of high birth and the prince rarely had many friends, it was an ideal solution.


            Here's how it worked. Since the prince and whipping boy were raised together, they developed an emotional bond. This bond was strong; the prince would be embarrassed to see his friend take the blame for his misbehavior and won’t do it again. Life was harsh for a whipping boy since pain, and the risks of dying from an infested wound was likely. The bright side some were rewarded, like getting a high-risking position when the prince became a king.