Strangest Old Jobs That No Longer Exist

So you have strangest job….So the next time you’re stuck at work, dreaming of an early finish, be glad you’re not knocking windows or catching rats in the sewers!

Job That No Longer Exist
Rat catchers were hired to control the rodent population

#1. Bowling alley pin setter

This job was often carried out by teenagers. Needless to say, it didn’t pay very well.

#2. Knocker-upper

Since alarm clocks didn’t exist back then, Knocker-uppers were hired to make sure their clients woke up early.

They would tap on doors and windows with sticks and even pea shooters until their clients woke up.

#3. Ice cutte

When the lakes froze up, strong men were hired to cut through the thick sheet of ice.

#4. Enemy aircraft detection

Before the invention of radar, these devices helped soldiers to listen for approaching enemy aircraft.

#5. Rat catcher

In Europe, rat catchers were hired to control the rodent population and prevent the spread of disease.

It wasn’t an easy job, as many of them would suffer from bites.

#6. Lamp lighter

Before electric street lamps took over the streets, lamp lighters would go around manually lighting and extinguishing street lamps.

#7. Milkman

Because of less advanced refrigeration and preservation techniques, milkmen would deliver cold milk to their clients regularly. This practice continued until the 90s. In fact, in some areas milkmen still operate to this day.

#8. Log driver – Before log transportation via trucks and lorries, these men would guide logs down the river.

#9. Switchboard operator

Switchboard operators used to play a crucial role in connecting calls. Today, it is all done digitally.

#10. Resurrectionist – These 19th century body snatchers would remove corpses from graves and sell them to universities for use in research.

#11. Factory worker lector

Factory workers would often pool their money together to hire lectors to read to them. Much of what was read was often trade-union literature.

Upload your dreams to YouTube with brain imaging

Imagine tapping into the mind of a coma patient, or watching one’s own dream on YouTube.

You Tube TVScientists at UC Berkeley have achieved a major milestone in their quest to create a technology that would let us tap into our brain’s imaging systems. They used functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and computational models and they succeeded in decoding and reconstructing visual experiences of their test subjects.

The tests they ran had people watching a movie trailer. Then, they reconstructed the images using their new technology. While that’s as far as they can do right now, it puts them one step closer to being able to tap into your dreams.

The more noble implications for this technology will allow some sort of understanding, and even communication with people who cannot communicate verbally. For example, stroke victims, and people in comas.

Why Ostriches Hide Their Heads in the Sand ?

Ostriches bury their heads in the sand when they’re scared or threatened.

Ostrich doesn't stick its head in the sand
Ostrich doesn’t stick its head in the sand

Since this is quite an embarrassing accusation for the ostrich —intentionally self-suffocating?!—let’s take a minute to unpack this myth and clear the ostrich’s name.

First off, a note about the ostrich: Despite holding the title of the largest living birds—they stand 7 to 9 feet tall when fully grown—their heads are relatively small. This is important because from a distance, ostriches nibbling at food on the ground may appear to have their heads in the dirt.

Ostriches don’t bury their heads in the sand—they wouldn’t be able to breathe! But they do dig holes in the dirt to use as nests for their eggs. Several times a day, a bird puts her head in the hole and turns the eggs.