The worst jobs in history

Groom of the stool - It was the job of one lucky aristocrat to accompany and aid the king or queen with all things bathroom-related.

Violin string maker -
Back in the day, the job of building a violin was much worse than it is today: violin strings used to be made by weaving together strands of sheep innards.

Rat catcher -
Professional rat catchers would cover themselves in oils to attract the rats, and then they would kill them with their bare hands.

Bone grubber -
There was an occupation known as "bone grubbing," which involved scrounging around wherever possible, looking for matter to sell on to bone dealers.

Tanner -
Luckily, modern tanning methods are slightly less smelly and unpleasant, but tanning centers such as Fez in Morocco are still known for their strong stench.

Snake milker -
This job still exists today and involves extracting the venom from snakes to use as antivenom, a treatment for snake bites. 

Resurrectionist -
The practice was, of course, illegal, but the job was very well paid, meaning that some body snatchers even resorted to killing in order to meet demand.

Tosher -
The job of a scavenger tosher was dangerous and extremely unpleasant, but also very lucrative: a full-time tosher earned enough to support around 200 people.

Chimney sweep -
The job was unpleasant to say the least, and it came with many occupational hazards, including the constant exposure to and inhalation of toxic substances.

Leech collector -
In the 19th century, doctors used a technique called "bloodletting" to cure illness and disease. It involved withdrawing blood from the patient, often using leeches.

Gong farmer -
A lucky few "gong farmers" collected the excrement from the cesspits and transported it away from the town. They were only allowed to work at night.

Plague burier -
The Black Death was the most fatal pandemic recorded in human history. It caused the death of 75-200 million people across Eurasia and North Africa.

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