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The Worst Jobs In History
Channel 4 ^ | April 2005 | Misc.

Posted on 04/06/2005 7:12:20 PM PDT by Heartlander

The Worst Jobs in History



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1 posted on 04/06/2005 7:12:20 PM PDT by Heartlander
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To: Heartlander

Suicide bomber?


Kamakaze?


Hillary's husband?

2 posted on 04/06/2005 7:18:45 PM PDT by Andy from Beaverton (I only vote Republican to stop the Democrats)
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To: Heartlander

I was beginning to wonder if they'd mention the tanner, but obviously they saved the worst for last.

I wonder about people who name their sons Tanner...


3 posted on 04/06/2005 7:26:09 PM PDT by stands2reason (When in doubt, err on the side of life.)
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To: Heartlander
The Worst Jobs In History

I knew a guy who worked at the "Lusty Lady" in Seattle. This was a strip club of sorts where the viewer enters one of several private booths, feeds quarters into a slot which opens a partition and allows the viewing of live, naked dancing ladies on a stage behind a glass window.

His job? Well, let's just say he would enter the vacated booths wearing latex gloves and brandishing a mop.

4 posted on 04/06/2005 7:31:45 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Drew68
In the movie Clerks, that guy was referred to as a Jizz-Mopper. And I believe they used paper towels and Windex.
5 posted on 04/06/2005 7:35:02 PM PDT by Repealthe17thAmendment (Is this field required?)
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To: Andy from Beaverton

Indeed I did . . .

6 posted on 04/06/2005 7:35:03 PM PDT by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 62,041,268 Bush fans.)
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To: Heartlander

I got a job one summer while in college steam cleaning garbage trucks. I would put on a hazmat suit, climb inside one of these in the Texas heat and go to work with the steamer. At times I would be standing ankle deep in the putrid stinking water you have ever seen.

Several of us started working the same day. By the end of summer only two of the original summer hires were left. The rest had been tirned completely over twice. Many did not last the day.


7 posted on 04/06/2005 7:38:37 PM PDT by speed_addiction (Ninja's last words, "Hey guys. Watch me just flip out on that big dude over there!")
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To: Heartlander

8 posted on 04/06/2005 7:41:51 PM PDT by 11th_VA (Stop the Immoral Illegal Invasion - Secure the Borders)
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To: Heartlander
Telling Ted Kennedy the bar is closed?

Enema tube tester?

Dan Rather's factchecker?

9 posted on 04/06/2005 7:41:54 PM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (Carnac: A siren, a baby and a liberal. Answer: Name three things that whine.)
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To: Andy from Beaverton

Mop boy at the peep show.


10 posted on 04/06/2005 7:46:30 PM PDT by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: Heartlander

If you follow the "Medieval" link, they mention "surgeon/barber" but Theodoric Barber of York is not specifically referenced. "Now, now. Who's the barber here?"


11 posted on 04/06/2005 7:47:03 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: Heartlander

Chinese mine workers.


12 posted on 04/06/2005 7:52:28 PM PDT by Brimack34
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To: Heartlander

Baldrick!


13 posted on 04/06/2005 7:54:03 PM PDT by solitas (So what if I support a platform that has fewer flaws than yours? 'Mystic' dual 500 G4's, OSX.3.7)
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To: solitas
MBNA
14 posted on 04/06/2005 7:56:20 PM PDT by maineman
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To: speed_addiction

I used to work in a power generating plant, coal-fired. It wasn't bad 95% of the time. But to clean the boilers out when they are offline usually involved huge heavy denim monkey suits with face masks. It involved climbing into small holes barely as big as the distance from the inside of my elbow to my wrist. Very tight fit. Dragging an air hose with a three foot nozzle on the end. Oh, and a drop light, because it's completely pitch black.

Once inside, one tried not to get stuck, break the light, and run the nozzle between the water pipes to blow slag off that gets stuck on them. OH, did I mention the huge induced draft fans are on? To suck the debris out, of course, but there ya are in a wind tunnel, I'm guessing 40 mph air roaring through. This would break the light occasionally, as it floated around in there. The only communication with coworkers was tugging on the airhose.

This takes about an hour or so. Then one tries to wriggle back out, backwards. Then you roll over, and go back in to do the other side.

This took all morning. That took care of one access hole. There are several. Per boiler. It's a good thing I wasn't claustrophobic.

Washing soot out of your hair took four or five shampoo/lather/rinse cycles.

But I understand why so many of the maintenance people went out of their way to put on weight. They'd get too fat to fit.


15 posted on 04/06/2005 8:07:00 PM PDT by Big Giant Head (Barring all differences, they're identical.)
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To: Heartlander
Oh, I dunno - ever buy a rectal thermometer? The one wrapped in the little piece of paper that gives you directions (how many polite ways are there to say "stick this up yer butt"?) that end with "each unit individually tested."?

Yep. That was me.

16 posted on 04/06/2005 8:17:37 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Heartlander
You are strapped into a seat that is hung from the end of a free-moving arm. At the whim of the operators, you are then dunked into a river or pond once or twice or all day, in front of yet another jeering crowd.

Is Senator Kennedy aware of this vocation?

17 posted on 04/06/2005 8:20:24 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: speed_addiction
You may have me beat. My worst jobs: 1) picking up cigarette butts in a huge parking lot in the hot North Carolina summer sun. For breaks, I got to clean out garbage receptacles. 2) Working as a dishwasher in a very hot, very humid and sometimes very smelly North Carolina restaurant. I never knew how much fungus and how many rashes one could get in the nether regions until I had that job. I also learned that after you cut Jalapeno peppers you must wash your hands before your go to the restroom. I was in so much pain, my eyes bled.
3) Having my clients found "not guilty" even though I believe that they committed the crimes (some heinous like forcible rape with a minor victim) I just had to keep telling myself that the United States Constitution provides for the right to an attorney.
18 posted on 04/06/2005 9:06:01 PM PDT by Goldwater4ever (Aut Pax Aut Bellum)
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To: Big Giant Head

I've done that too!


19 posted on 04/06/2005 9:50:36 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Heartlander
These guys pushing stone blocks to build the pyramids, now thats kind of a crummy job.


20 posted on 04/06/2005 10:00:53 PM PDT by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: Heartlander
Crack Whore
21 posted on 04/07/2005 7:10:06 PM PDT by BlueMondaySkipper (The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it. - George Orwell)
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To: Heartlander
Crack Whore
22 posted on 04/07/2005 7:12:24 PM PDT by BlueMondaySkipper (The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it. - George Orwell)
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To: BlueMondaySkipper

A job so nice I mentioned it twice...


23 posted on 04/07/2005 7:13:16 PM PDT by BlueMondaySkipper (The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it. - George Orwell)
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To: Heartlander

My worst was collecting sheep piss for a biochemical company. We'd give shots to some old rams, then put them in cages and strap a funnel on their...well, you get the picture. The funnel would run the pee into a jug, which we would collect and take to the company for processing - they made a cancer-treatment drug out of it.

The shots must have been quite painful - the rams hated us. We would beat them with shovels when they would attack, then rope and stuff them into their cages.

One part I refused to do - apply vaseline to their...well, you get the idea. Prevented chapping while their privates were in the funnel.


24 posted on 04/07/2005 7:26:18 PM PDT by Mr Rogers
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To: Andy from Beaverton
I spent most of a year disconnecting the wiring from 8 printing press's at our local newspaper, then re-wiring them at the new location.
So basically I was BLUE for a year. A chemical called varisol took the ink off, if you scrubbed hard enough, but then that chemical bleached you. And it ruined your skin, my hands constantly cracked and bled...
25 posted on 04/07/2005 7:47:45 PM PDT by 45semi (Man has only those rights he can defend...)
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To: Heartlander

26 posted on 04/07/2005 7:52:00 PM PDT by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghanistan Honor Roll students.)
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To: Big Giant Head
Once inside, one tried not to get stuck, break the light, and run the nozzle between the water pipes to blow slag off that gets stuck on them.

I thought you used a Remington kiln gun and MasterBlaster ammo for that job?


27 posted on 04/07/2005 7:52:58 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: All

This are all whimp jobs. I was a middle-school teacher.


28 posted on 04/07/2005 8:20:32 PM PDT by Ahban
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To: Ahban

Uhhh, I guess I meant "These are all whimp jobs".


29 posted on 04/07/2005 8:21:29 PM PDT by Ahban
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To: 45semi
The Smelliest job I had was working in live man holes and the scariest was cleaning the fines beneath moving conveyor belts at a rock crushing plant.
30 posted on 04/07/2005 8:21:58 PM PDT by Andy from Beaverton (I only vote Republican to stop the Democrats)
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To: Heartlander

Very good post.


31 posted on 04/07/2005 8:25:09 PM PDT by Red Sea Swimmer (Tisha5765Bav)
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To: Heartlander

just damn


32 posted on 04/07/2005 8:31:11 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (Nations do not survive by setting examples for others. Nations survive by making examples of others)
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To: Heartlander
I saw that guys show on cable.

I thought I had it rough.

My favorite was 'saltpeter man'.

L

33 posted on 04/07/2005 8:36:03 PM PDT by Lurker (Remember the Beirut Bombing; 243 dead Marines. The House of Assad and Hezbollah did it..)
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To: Goldwater4ever

My worst job was working at a seafood distributor. Couldn't go out in public after work. My cats loved me though.


34 posted on 04/07/2005 8:36:28 PM PDT by dc27
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To: Heartlander
Any job in one of these...


35 posted on 04/07/2005 8:41:45 PM PDT by Nexus6
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To: BlueMondaySkipper

Worse, as Norm MacDonald reminds us, is Assistant Crack Whore.


36 posted on 04/07/2005 8:45:45 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Heartlander

Breaking (live) Rats legs then moments later harvesting the brain with a "Rat be-header" for a Nobel winning Scientists.


37 posted on 04/07/2005 8:50:57 PM PDT by MilspecRob (Most people don't act stupid, they really are.)
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To: Heartlander

38 posted on 04/07/2005 8:52:36 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (It was a joke. You know, humor. Like the funny kind. Only different.)
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To: Ahban
These are all whimp jobs. I was a middle-school teacher.

OK. You win.

39 posted on 04/07/2005 8:55:18 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: FreedomCalls

I guess I didn't say I was cleaning the economizer section. This is where the cold water is initially pumped in, to be preheated by the exhaust going out. The firebox was easy.

When the boilers were online, we had to pull ash manually from the collectors and rake it into the suction system. One of the boilers' fire box belt was too short, and we would open the doors and find red hot coals molded into a solid wall. We had to break it apart with steel rods, spray it with water, whatever we could do. MAJOR pain in the posterior. Felt like a sunburn every two hours.

Thanks for the links!


40 posted on 04/08/2005 4:59:08 AM PDT by Big Giant Head (I should change my tagline to "Big Giant Pancake on my Head")
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