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|10 Strange Professions That No Longer Exist by Rapmoney(m): 4:52pm On Sep 17|
There was a time when certain professions were in high demand, but as our society evolved and advanced, some of these professions became obsolete.
Moreover, with the aspect of ever-changing technology, many jobs that exist today are vastly different – or nonexistent – from those 10, 20, or 30 years ago.
So, what happened to all those old careers?
This list will discuss some of the strangest but back-then-necessary jobs that have disappeared.
You can mainly attribute the disappearance of many of these ways to make money to technological advances.
For example, modern bowling alleys have elaborate systems that collect balls and pins, so pinsetters are no longer necessary.
Likewise, with the spread of proper refrigeration, the cool job of ice cutters became a thing of the past.
This article will discuss ten strange professions that no longer exist.
Who knows, maybe you’ll learn about a job that your ancestors did before you were born.
1. The Human Alarm Clock
In the days before alarm clocks, people used to hire others to wake them up in the morning.
It may not seem complicated, but it was quite an essential job in the 1800s.
The “Human Alarm Clocks” or “Knocker Uppers” would often use long poles to tap on the windows of their employers or even shoot peas at the glass of their windows.
It may seem like an unnecessary job, but think about it, didn’t people back then need to wake up at certain times too?
After all, you could miss an important meeting or appointment if you oversleep.
Can you imagine having to pay someone to wake you up every morning?
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|Re: 10 Strange Professions That No Longer Exist by Rapmoney(m): 4:56pm On Sep 17|
If you’ve ever been bowling, you’re aware that machines reset the pins after each turn.
But before these automatic pinsetters, there was a whole profession devoted to manually setting the pins back up.
The “employees” of these jobs were often children.
This was a tedious job. The introduction of automatic pinsetters in 1956 by the Brunswick Company was revolutionary for the industry – and put many manual laborers out of a job.
In addition, the job could be dangerous for the children as flying pins or bowling balls could hit them.
Of course, a job like this violates child labor laws today, but it was a different time back then.
|Re: 10 Strange Professions That No Longer Exist by Rapmoney(m): 4:58pm On Sep 17|
3. Ice cutter
Did you know that before modern refrigeration, people used to cut ice from lakes and rivers to store food?
Ice cutting was an actual profession in the 1800s, and it was a dangerous job.
The ice cutters would use large saws to cut the ice blocks, which they would then transport to homes and businesses.
This profession quickly became obsolete with the advent of modern refrigeration by the 1920s.
It’s hard to believe that people used to do this for a living, but it shows how much our society has changed in such a short period.
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|Re: 10 Strange Professions That No Longer Exist by Rapmoney(m): 5:01pm On Sep 17|
4. Leech Collectors
In the days before modern medicine, leeches were used for bloodletting, a medical practice in which doctors extracted blood from a patient to treat various diseases.
You might view this as a strange and barbaric practice, but leeches were actually in high demand by doctors.
So much so that there were people who collected them for a living.
These “leech collectors” often went into swamps and marshes to find the leeches.
They would use old horses, which the leeches attached themselves to, or the collector would use their own bodies to attract the leeches.
Can you imagine having to do this for a living?
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|Re: 10 Strange Professions That No Longer Exist by Rapmoney(m): 5:02pm On Sep 17|
It was the duty of a lamplighter to light the streets at night, just as it is with today’s electric streetlights.
Lamplighters used a long pole with a wick on one end to light the oil or candles in streetlamps, then returned to snuff them in the morning.
It’s challenging to locate a full-time lamplight, particularly in the United States, but they may hang out in tourist attractions in other countries.
Lamp lighting started to decline with the invention of gas lamps in 1814 in Europe and possibly even faster because of the incandescent light bulb by Thomas Edison in 1879.
The profession was obsolete and all but extinct by the early 1900s.
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|Re: 10 Strange Professions That No Longer Exist by Rapmoney(m): 5:05pm On Sep 17|
6. Rat Catcher
Rat catching was once a common profession, particularly in Europe, especially during the Black Plague, as rats were a significant problem in cities.
Rat catchers would trap or shoot the rats and turn them over to the authorities.
In some cases, they would also be responsible for disposing of the rats.
However, the job exposed them to sickness as rats could spread diseases.
With the advent of modern pest control methods, like rodenticides, this profession has disappeared
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|Re: 10 Strange Professions That No Longer Exist by Rapmoney(m): 5:07pm On Sep 17|
7. The Human Computer
No, it’s not a science fiction movie; there was a time when organizations hired people to perform calculations now handled by computers.
These “human computers” were often women, as many believed them more capable of performing these repetitive tasks.
However, this profession became obsolete with the invention of the electronic computer in the 1970s.
Can you imagine having to do complex calculations by hand?
It’s hard to believe that this was once a real job.
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|Re: 10 Strange Professions That No Longer Exist by Rapmoney(m): 5:08pm On Sep 17|
Before modern medicine, people believed dissecting cadavers was the best way to study anatomy.
However, there was a problem with this, as legal cadavers were very rare.
So, people who needed cadavers for their studies would hire “resurrectionists” to steal corpses from graveyards.
Universities had to hire “resurrectionists” to keep up with the demand for cadavers. Grave robbing was popular in Britain.
Even though “resurrectionists weren’t well-liked by the community for obvious reasons, this profession became obsolete with the passing of the Anatomy Act in 1832, which made it illegal.
Resurrectionists would often get caught and charged with grave robbing. With the development of modern medical schools, this profession is no longer needed.
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|Re: 10 Strange Professions That No Longer Exist by Rapmoney(m): 5:10pm On Sep 17|
9. Cigarette Girl
Cigarette girls were once ordinary in America, particularly in the early 1900s.
They would walk around smoking establishments, like bars and clubs, selling cigarettes to customers.
Cigarette girls usually wore revealing outfits and were a sort of eye candy, selling cigarettes from a box around their neck.
However, this profession started to decline in the mid-1900s with the advent of self-service cigarette machines.
By the late 1900s, the trade was a thing of the past.
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|Re: 10 Strange Professions That No Longer Exist by Rapmoney(m): 5:11pm On Sep 17|
10. Groom of the Stool
This job may be one of the strangest thus far, but someone had to do it.
The Groom of the Stool was responsible for speaking with the King and providing them with the essentials they needed to go to the bathroom.
In addition, they would supply the monarch with towels, water, and a washbowl to finish his business.
It’s still debatable whether the Groom of the Stool wiped the King’s butt, but there is no definitive proof on this one.
The Groom of the Stool would also empty the chamber pot.
Going to the bathroom was extremely private, and the position was necessary since the Groom also acted as a confidante to the leader.
Under Henry VIII, The Groom even monitored the King’s bowel movements to ensure he was in good health and, if not, spoke to doctors to remedy the situation.
Eventually, this position evolved but never lost value; most could attribute a financial advisor to a Groom of the Stool.
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|Re: 10 Strange Professions That No Longer Exist by Rapmoney(m): 5:13pm On Sep 17|
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|Re: 10 Strange Professions That No Longer Exist by Rapmoney(m): 5:14pm On Sep 17|
Una go fear jobs
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|Re: 10 Strange Professions That No Longer Exist by AllBlack: 5:33pm On Sep 17|
Many modern day jobs will become outdated with the coming of 5G and AI.
while you are waiting for the "trumpet" to sound, don't forget to make yourself relevant.
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|Re: 10 Strange Professions That No Longer Exist by Rapmoney(m): 6:43pm On Sep 17|
Braaaa!!! Lol @trumpet
|Re: 10 Strange Professions That No Longer Exist by AnietiePictures: 8:07pm On Sep 17|
Change is permanent😂
|Re: 10 Strange Professions That No Longer Exist by kilonshele101(m): 9:00am On Sep 18|
I would have made a lot of money from one of these professions. Don’t ask me which one
|Re: 10 Strange Professions That No Longer Exist by ShoeWorld1(m): 1:40pm On Sep 18|
Rats catchers are being replaced by snake catchers.
We even have a snake MOD on Nairaland.
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|Re: 10 Strange Professions That No Longer Exist by amalgram69: 1:40pm On Sep 18|
Na so one day we go follow dey extinct too oh.
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|Re: 10 Strange Professions That No Longer Exist by Buhari4dullard: 1:41pm On Sep 18|
Tinubu & S0uth Waste people no go gree thuggery die.
They took it from Lagos to Abuja.
Thats what happens when a druglord becomes president
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|Re: 10 Strange Professions That No Longer Exist by abc115: 1:42pm On Sep 18|
They are still in existence other names and forms
|Re: 10 Strange Professions That No Longer Exist by tishbite42: 1:42pm On Sep 18|
|Re: 10 Strange Professions That No Longer Exist by LasgidiOnline(m): 1:42pm On Sep 18|
|Re: 10 Strange Professions That No Longer Exist by apatheticme(f): 1:43pm On Sep 18|
|Re: 10 Strange Professions That No Longer Exist by MimiSheWrote(f): 1:43pm On Sep 18|
Taxi... this is my stop!
@OP nice one sire. we don't get to see interesting and educative topics like this on this forum smh. It's always about BBnaija and other craps!
Reason an average Nigerian lack basic knowledge in world history.
If you ask 100 random Nigerian men how Adolf Hitler died... You would probably get around 99 wrong answers.
Ask 100 women the same question, you would get 200 wrong answers(The female are worse, I'm not gonna sugarcoat it because I'm a female)
Meanwhile, there are 11 years old boys/girls who could recite all past BBNAIJA winners from season one to present.
* "Those who do not know the past are condemned to repeat it"
* "Ignorance is dangerous, it is the biggest obstacle to development and a slayer of civilizations"
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|Re: 10 Strange Professions That No Longer Exist by KingLennon(m): 1:43pm On Sep 18|
The Resurrectionists relocated to Nigeria . Business was no more booming in the U.S
|Re: 10 Strange Professions That No Longer Exist by Cholls(m): 1:44pm On Sep 18|
My brother this list is not complete o. What about people that carry shiit(pupu) in the midnight
|Re: 10 Strange Professions That No Longer Exist by jeffkennedy: 1:44pm On Sep 18|
Same way a lot of jobs currently in existence will become obsolete, as a matter of fact, a lot of courses in our university are not relevant in our society. This explains the reason why we have graduates that cannot create jobs rather everyone is looking for a non existent job. As an individual reading this, make yourself relevant or look for a relevant skill to learn otherwise you will be in a difficult situation sooner tha n later.
|Re: 10 Strange Professions That No Longer Exist by pweeryambre: 1:45pm On Sep 18|
Chamber maids.... they waited on queens
Lady in waiting... they wait on princesses
|Re: 10 Strange Professions That No Longer Exist by RepoMan007: 1:46pm On Sep 18|
Humans are naturally selfish. Claiming machine(robots inclusive) will take away jobs is just another expression of that selfish instinct. If these professionals could learn other trades and survive on, we should stop being afraid of more productive robots and machines. They are only making things cheaper to produce.
|Re: 10 Strange Professions That No Longer Exist by Guanchoco(m): 1:46pm On Sep 18|
Meanwhile at a cheap price dm me for your logo and flyer design
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