We've all had our bad days at work and some of you may feel at times that you're made to do things that are beneath you. So here I compiled 11 of the grossest jobs throughout history.
Grossest Jobs In History #11
No one wanted to live near a gong farmer as these night workers would clear the streets of human excrement, they were even restricted to living in certain areas.
Grossest Jobs In History #10
Until the late 19th century, leeches were a popular form of withdrawing small amounts of blood from a patient. But to gather the leeches a leech collector would often let them latch on to their own legs, which resulted in the leech collector suffering from significant blood loss.
Grossest Jobs In History #9
The job of a tanner is to prepare hides for leather, but the historical process of this leaves a lot to be desired. A tanner would get their hides from butchers and abattoirs, but they would still be covered in blood.
Once the hide is dehaired it has to be placed into a pit filled with bate, which is made up of water and dog poo.
The use of lime pits, dog poo bate pits, rotting flesh, tanning pits and smoke, lead to all kinds of health problems and degenerative illnesses, as well as just being a sordid job.
Grossest Jobs In History #8
A resurrectionist would dig up bodies to supply medical schools with corpses, some even turned to murder to keep up with demand.
Grossest Jobs In History #7
The Match Maker
In Victorian times, matches were made by dipping small wooden sticks into white phosphorus, often in confined spaces without ventilation. The poisonous fumes from the phosphorus caused a condition known as "phossy jaw." The symptoms would be toothache, swelling of the gums and jaw, abscesses and a foul discharge. The match makers jaw would essentially be rotting and would even give off a glow. The only treatment for this condition was to have the jawbone removed.
Grossest Jobs In History #6
The Violin String Maker
A sheep's lower intestine, which can be up to 30 feet long, was used to make violin strings and this had to be removed in tact. Once the intestines were removed, the fatty tissue, muscle and blood vessels had to be scraped off by hand. Then the tubular guts had to be squeezed free of bile and thoroughly cleaned.
Grossest Jobs In History #5
The Woad Dyer
Woad is a plant related to the cabbage and was used to produce rich blue dyes, but the process used to obtain dye from the plant was so foul that woad dyers were forced to live away from others. The woad was fermented and dried into balls, this would cause noxious fumes. The smell would become worse, as to extract the dye the balls had to be crushed and fermented further in an alkaline solution, but the only alkaline solution available in the Tudor period was urine. A woad dyer would have to test the pH levels using their sense of touch, smell, and taste.
Grossest Jobs In History #4
In Victorian London, toshers would spend days scavenging in sewers for items to trade, which resulted in them stinking of raw sewage.
Grossest Jobs In History #3
The fullers job was to clean off the grease and impurities from cloth. A fuller's job was left to slaves in the Roman times as it involved wading in urine. Urine a strong cleaning fluid was used to soak the cloth in order to break down the grease. The fuller would obtain gallons of urine from neighbouring farms and private houses.
Grossest Jobs In History #2
Mudlarks would dredge the banks of the Thames at low tide, this was when the river was full of raw sewage and the occasional dead body.
Grossest Jobs In History #1
Groom of the Stool
So there you have 11 of the grossest jobs in history, may be next time you're doing a job you don't want to you can remember things could always be worse.
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