The industrial revolution and modern technology have made our lives easier and more comfortable for the most part. They’ve been responsible for creating millions of new jobs and industries, sometimes seemingly out of nothing. However, technology has also made many jobs obsolescent. Here is a list of 10 weird jobs that were eliminated by technology. How many have you heard of?
1. Bowling Alley Pinsetter
Young boys were often employed by bowling alleys as pinsetters. They would set up the pins between frames and send the bowling ball back to the player.
Knocker-uppers were essentially human alarm clocks. They would grab a stick or pebble and tap against your bedroom window or door until you awoke.
3. Ice Cutters
Ice cutters had the dangerous job of sawing out frozen lakes so that people could keep their groceries cold in their ice boxes.
4. Acoustic Radar Listener
The acoustic radar listener had the job of putting these ridiculous contraptions up to their ears in order to try and detect the sound of approaching enemy aircraft.
5. Rat Catcher
Rat catchers were employed to stop the spread of infectious diseases that rats carried and eliminate them. They were basically human Tomcats.
Before the invention of the incandescent lightbulb, the lamplighter’s job was to light, refuel, and extinguish the oil-filled street lamps throughout their town or city.
7. Log Driver
Back in the old days, nearly all lumber was floated down the river and sent to the saw mills. The log driver’s job was to keep the logs straight on the river so that they wouldn’t become entangled. This is where the saying “log jam” came from.
8. Switchboard Operator
Back in the old days, when you wanted to call someone, you would first have to talk to the switchboard operator. You would tell her who you wanted to call and she would “switch” the line to connect you to your party.
If there were ever a creepy job, this was it. The resurrectionist would dig up graves, take the bodies, and give them to universities to use as cadavers for their medical students.
The lector was hired to read to and entertain workers in manufacturing plants and factories.
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