Worst Jobs In The Human History

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life they absolutely hated, for most people that’s one of the many terrible jobs they
get immediately after leaving home and striking it out on their own for the first time. But throughout history some people have not
only worked, but made careers out of occupations that are disgusting, disturbing, or outright
dangerous and painful. Hello and welcome to another episode of The
Infographics Show- today we’re taking a look at the worst jobs that have ever existed. 12. Leech collector. During the 18thand 19thcentury a craze for
leeches hit Europe. Fueled by the practice of bloodletting, or
the draining of blood from the human body for supposed health benefits, leeches were
in demand by doctors across the continent to treat their ailing patients. Thought to help remove bad ‘humours’ from
the body, dozens of leeches were attached to a patient who was then sucked on by the
hungry little parasites. But someone had to provide all those slimy
little blood suckers, and for a long time that was the work of poor peasant women. Wading into swampy water and baring their
legs, the leeches would latch on to their bodies and then later be collected by the
dozens. Not a physically tough job, ‘leeching’ was
still extremely dangerous as the leeches could drain a fair amount of blood and possibly
pass on dangerous infections. Surprisingly leeches are being used once again
in modern medicine to help patients heal from certain surgeries, but they are valued today
for their ability to let blood flow freely rather than to suck it up. Oh, and they are also grown in laboratories
and don’t require anyone to wade into disgusting water naked from the waist down. 11. Whipping Boy Medieval Europeans believed that royals were
appointed by God himself, so therefore if a young royal prince began to act up, who
could possibly punish him but his father, the King- no doubt busily managing the kingdom-
or God himself- no doubt busily managing creation? Enter the practice of the whipping boy. In lieu of striking his holyness’ royal bottom,
a child was reared up alongside young princes who was then punished in their stead. It was hoped that the pain was vicariously
felt and the lesson learnt, but judging from the behavior of some of history’s monarchs,
we’re pretty sure a great deal of princes cared not a whit what their poor whipping
boys suffered. Still, some were handsomely compensated for
their childhood pains, such as William Murray, whipping boy to Charles I, who was made into
an Earl for his diligent sufferings. Regardless, taking the heat for some spoiled
noble child has to no doubt have been one of the worst jobs in history. 10. Fuller Wool is a waterproof material that mankind
has been spinning into a variety of clothing items for millenia, yet the process of weaving
it results in a material that is coarse with a wide mesh and is easily frayed. This is due to the natural oil and grease
on a sheep’s skin, which has to be removed to make the cloth soft and fluffy. This was the job of a Fuller- a job so terrible
that in ancient Roman times it was relegated to slaves. In order to degrease wool, it would be draped
in a large empty tub which was then filled with urine- an alkaline solution that degrades
fats and oils. Filling the tub with several gallons of urine
from who knows how many people, the Fuller then had to climb in and stomp on it with
their bare feet. Oh, and the second worst part of this job? Having to go out and physically collect the
urine from public toilets and private homes. 9. Groom of the Stool As we’ve seen previously, Europe held monarchs
in pretty high esteem, though given the long, long history of crazy kings and pointless
wars, it’s a little hard to imagine why. Well, given their status as wielders of divine
right granted unto them by God himself, Kings were of course far too important to wipe their
own behinds. This was instead the job of the Groom of the
Stool- an assistant to the king responsible for fetching the king’s toilet chair, wiping
his rear clean, and collecting the stool for examination and monitoring of the monarch’s
health. Believe it or not, this was considered a position
of privilege amongst European nobility, so next time someone calls you a kiss-ass just
remind them you’re only one spot away from the revered position of being a wipe-ass instead. 8. Rat Catcher Prior to the creation of modern rat traps,
rats would often be dealt with in a much more questionable way. Responding to rat infestations, rat catchers
would rub oils of aniseed and thyme into their hands and clothing to attract the hungry rodents,
and then try to catch them with his bare hands. As harbingers of all manners of disease, this
made rat catching an extremely dangerous occupation, but live rats could be sold for a tidy profit
to less-than-reputable food vendors and as meal for some livestock. 7. Match Girl Before the advent of the lighter, mankind
relied exclusively on matches to light candles, cigars and heating fires. While the process of actually making a match
wasn’t particularly difficult or disgusting, it was the result of years spent dipping pieces
of wood into a highly toxic phosphorus solution that made this a horrible job to work at. Inhalation of the phosphorus used in the match
head caused an ailment known as “phossy jaw”, a horrific affliction of the lower
jaw which eroded the gums and caused them to give off a foul-smelling discharge. After years the jaws would begin to give off
an eerie glow, and the only known treatment was complete removal of part of the jawbone. Next time someone argues with you about government
over-regulations, have them google a picture of phossy jaw. 6. Bone Grubber It turns out that despite its explosion in
popularity, recycling has been around for millenia. In Victorian cities, professional bone grubbers
would scavenge rotting bones from butchers, garbage piles, and stockyards and sell them
to manufacturers. The scavenged bones would be made into toothbrush
handles, children’s teething rings, and various other personal items, and what wasn’t sold
was ground down into fertilizer or boiled up for soapmaking. With the popularity of corpse robbing in Victorian
England, we can’t help but wonder how many family relatives ended up household goods. In a way we suppose it’s true that our loved
ones are with us long after they’re gone- specially if one of their femurs makes up
the toothbrush you use every night! 5. Mudlark Scavenging was a huge economy in Victorian
England, with nearly everything imaginable being recycled and renewed into something
else- modern hippies would surely have been impressed. But at the bottom of the scavenger hierarchy
was the Mudlark who cruised trash dumps and river banks looking for absolutely anything
overlooked by other scavengers. The poorest of the poor, these destitute souls
wandered freezing water full of human excrement, rotting fish, and the not-so-occasional human
body to find bits of metal, bone or cloth to sell. 4. Tanner Without a doubt one of the most disgusting
and dangerous jobs of all time, tanners were regardless one of the most important occupations
in the history of mankind. Tasked with the essential work of preserving
animal hides for their use in clothing and goods, tanners employed a disgusting and potentially
dangerous process to prepare hides. First the hides were soaked in giant pits
of lime to soften hair and excess tissues. The hair and excess fat would then be scraped
off by hand, but accidental exposure to lime was not only dangerous to breathe in but resulted
in nasty chemical burns on exposed flesh. A cleaned hide was then re-immersed into a
pit of water and feces to further clean and soften it- typically this would be animal
feces from livestock or dogs, but could just as well have been from public toilets. These massive pits of watery poo would ferment,
and Victorian era tanneries were beyond a shadow of a doubt the most disgusting places
one could ever work in. 3. Gong Farmer Most farmers grow crops or livestock, but
in Medieval Europe the Gong Farmer harvested the end result of a proper farmer’s hard work:
poop, lots and lots of it. As cities exploded in size and with even rudimentary
sewage systems still centuries away, cities across Europe needed a solution to the mounting
poop crisis. With people simply tossing their waste onto
the street or into holes behind their houses, the greatest cities of Europe smelled just
awful, and were a daily nightmare of disease and infection. That’s when some enterprising lad must have
gotten a very bright idea. Tasked with collecting all the waste produced
by the city’s residents, Gong Farmers had to dig human waste out of pits and collect
it from privies to be recycled as fertilizer or used as building materials. Despite being in incredibly high demand, Gong
Farmers were not surprisingly looked down on by the rest of society and often forced
to live away from the general population in their own small communities. Liable to succumb to various diseases and
ostracized for doing a critical job in Medieval Europe, Gong Farmers were truly the unsung,
smelly heroes of human civilization. 2. River Pig Lumberjacks provide us with the wood we need
to build everything from homes to furniture, but before the creation of the internal combustion
engine, most of that wood was delivered to lumber mills via rivers. Dumped into a river, floating logs would cruise
along with the current in the hundreds, but given their numbers logjams (is that were
the word possibly comes from?) were inevitable. These were the responsibility of the River
Pig, a hapless worker who would ride the logs down the river and jump between them while
trying to free them from jams with a long steel pike. An absolutely dangerous job that required
incredible dexterity and balance, river pigs were routinely killed as they fell off logs
and crushed between them in the river’s current, an occurrence so frequent that work was hardly
ever stopped on their account. 1. Sin Eater Devoutly religious Medieval Europe had some
funny ideas about spirituality and who was too holy or not to wipe their own rear ends. It’s no surprise then that Medieval Europeans
would be the ones to invent one of the most peculiar jobs on this list. The Sin-Eater was an individual called upon
during times of death. After a loved one died it was tradition to
place a loaf of bread or other food items along with a cup of beer on the corpse’s chest,
with the belief that any lingering sin would be absorbed by the food. The Sin-Eater would then come along and eat
the spiritually tainted food, taking the sin into themselves and leaving the deceased person’s
spirit to to enter the after life free of any foodborne sins. Paid a small stipend for their services, Sin-Eaters
literally got a free lunch out of the deal, but because it was widely believed that the
practice corrupted their own souls, were often extreme social outcasts that nobody wanted
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jobs, but whatever your worst job ever has been we’re willing to be it beats the pants
off wiping a noble’s behind for a living. What was the worst job you ever worked? Let us know in the comments. Also, be sure to check out our other video:
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  1. The Infographics Show said:

    "I hate my job. I quit!"

    Have you ever wanted to say these words? What was the turning point at work that you actually said it?

    November 29, 2018
  2. Jessica Mitten said:

    I don't think I would mind being a fuller/foller (sorry I don't know how to spell it)

    June 17, 2019
  3. neptune said:

    4:40 i heard once on a program called, did you know, that the lighter was invented before the match. i was surprised but had no reason not to believe it. now i don't know what to think.

    June 18, 2019
  4. TrustyHarbór94 GlitcHunters said:

    Apparently there's actually a job called "Professional Apologizer". It's someone who apologizes for other people.

    June 19, 2019
  5. MK ULTRA said:

    Some of the worst writing jobs to in the history of the humans. Its cool, english isnt every bobbys first language.

    June 20, 2019
  6. ITsme NL said:

    That hello in the beginning was soooo cute

    June 20, 2019
  7. 109 pikapix said:

    But the lighter was invented before the match?

    June 20, 2019
  8. Andre Blanchard said:

    Servpro should be on here

    June 22, 2019
  9. Darren Trepanier said:

    Whipping girl

    June 24, 2019
  10. Garrett Sharber said:

    What’s wrong with match girl’s face at 4:40??🥴

    June 26, 2019
  11. Jason Brennan said:

    Divine Right wasn't really a medieval concept per se, more of a Renaissance thing…

    June 28, 2019
  12. Royce Wilson said:

    So the worst job was eating food? Now i know this channel is from California.

    June 30, 2019
  13. aubrey manry said:

    King: hmmm I don’t want to hit my horrible spoiled son soooooo LETS BEAT THIS RANDOM PERSON OVER HERE

    July 4, 2019
  14. Dean Gulston said:

    I'd love to be a sin eater!

    July 5, 2019
  15. Luke Martindale said:

    I would totally be a sin eater

    July 6, 2019
  16. rmskapura said:

    9:21 Hey, I wonder if this is where the term “backlog” comes from….

    July 6, 2019
  17. natsu supreme said:

    hat happened with the match girls face?

    July 6, 2019
  18. Ari Tube said:

    What if there was a cute whipping girl? Bet ya the prince would care A LOT more

    July 7, 2019
  19. Steven Weiss said:

    False. Six flags is the worst job in human history.

    July 7, 2019
  20. Vic said:

    Another bad job: Liquidator at Chernobyl. That is a death sentence

    July 10, 2019
  21. GGP z said:

    hold my toilet paper

    July 11, 2019
  22. j said:

    Currently, the worst job is the miner, I feel so bad for those people

    July 24, 2019
  23. Brian Wisse said:

    The Lighter was already invented when the match came around.

    July 26, 2019
  24. elphons said:

    Can you just not let the other guy narrate videos? I just skip all the videos voiced by him.

    July 29, 2019
  25. Cesar said:

    the face at 4:39 had to be a mistake

    July 29, 2019
  26. Zsolt Botond Molnár said:

    Infographic: exist**

    Wix:It's free real estate

    August 1, 2019
  27. Jsd Gaming said:

    I wish I had a job

    August 2, 2019
  28. ShyBlade said:

    How about slavery

    August 4, 2019
  29. Solomon Rivers said:

    I would much rather get whipped than seeing someone else taking my punishment.

    August 8, 2019
  30. David-McCormick said:

    They forgot working at 18th street brewery in hammond Indiana

    August 12, 2019
  31. SuperRobloxMan777 said:

    Old times: whipping boy
    Today: The belt

    August 16, 2019
  32. Kevin Pearce said:

    Drug Tester

    August 16, 2019
  33. Pattarapon Silapron said:

    I like the way you say hello it feels happy very happy

    August 16, 2019
  34. pug gaming said:

    1:26 here head disappears for a millisecond

    August 18, 2019
  35. aagam jain said:

    worst job is living in North Korea

    August 21, 2019
  36. Purple default said:

    He just compared wix to eating sin!lol

    August 22, 2019
  37. Stephanie Bonilla said:

    The whipping boy job is horrible

    August 23, 2019
  38. Stephanie Bonilla said:

    All of the jobs are horrible

    August 23, 2019
  39. Austin Faulk said:

    I love your vid

    August 25, 2019
  40. Candice Perry said:

    I wouldn't mind doing my pet sitting job or a mess attendent

    August 28, 2019
  41. Tamsin said:

    Idk why but my heart went whoosh went you said ‘hello!’ at the start of the video

    August 28, 2019
  42. Connors Gaming said:

    The worst job is 💯 percent is school

    August 29, 2019
  43. Antboy 925 said:

    Number one: Walmart on Black Friday

    August 30, 2019
  44. Lawa-Ka-Pawa said:

    While he was talking about Wix, i couldn't stop listening to the epic music in the background.

    "Do you think one of the worst jobs to ever existing is creating websites?"
    Epic Music Intensifies

    August 30, 2019
  45. mr. peepee said:

    1:28 where did her head go???

    September 1, 2019
  46. XR said:

    00:15 I never had a job

    September 1, 2019
  47. Shoto Todoroki said:

    River pigs I heard about that when I was watching about the Great Plains when the Native Americans were killed

    September 1, 2019
  48. space nugget said:

    1:26 I think her head exploded

    September 3, 2019
  49. aceof base said:

    Tony Robinson did it better

    September 4, 2019
  50. Mom Nono said:

    I know its not working for mr beast

    September 5, 2019
  51. You Are Space said:

    Daley fakey

    September 5, 2019
  52. DripBoy said:


    September 6, 2019
  53. Robert Harris said:

    Uh no. Citys like london did have sewage systems as did many other citys from ancient times. And they didnt throw their waist into the street. And infact youd of been fined for it.

    September 8, 2019
  54. altareggo said:

    Some interesting content, but SERIOUSLY: the music is way too loud, inappropriate to the content, and downright annoying.

    September 12, 2019
  55. altareggo said:

    I like the notion of dragon drop websites…..they really light my fire!!

    September 12, 2019
  56. Elsy34 :3 said:

    There is a movie and book called the wipping boy

    September 12, 2019
  57. jbond5150 said:

    Worst job I ever had was hanging cable on telephone polls… in the middle of winter, on a ladder, working late after dark each night, so a total of 18 hours a day… and when my first paycheck was only $220 for a weeks work, I never came back.

    September 16, 2019
  58. Hey No said:

    4:41 Where's her lower jaw

    Oh it was removed

    September 17, 2019
  59. Nick Rff said:

    I'd be a sin eater any day

    September 19, 2019
  60. Cao Ji Bai said:

    Being a vanguard for an army?

    September 19, 2019
  61. James Murphy said:

    Think the rat catcher was total bs they used animals to hunt them like terroirs and ferrets

    September 19, 2019
  62. Cam Robertson said:

    I was Groom of the Stool for my kids and till they learnt to take care of it themselves.

    September 21, 2019
  63. Pedro Figueiredo said:

    3:29 that white single tower is in the wrong place

    September 21, 2019
  64. Jamie Miller said:

    0:14 uhhhh i dont know about you but im 9

    September 22, 2019
  65. PyChY RaJaH 108 said:

    Worst job would be mourning at Kim jong's funeral.

    September 23, 2019
  66. PyChY RaJaH 108 said:

    Leeches were used for piles too.

    September 23, 2019
  67. Chris Ingle said:

    The lighter was invented before the match

    September 23, 2019
  68. // Anthoe // said:

    One of em' femurs, huh…? Guess we can thank the SCP foundation for providing those.

    September 23, 2019
  69. Susanne Flod said:

    I have cleaned the bathrooms of a freshman college dorm. I don't think it can get much worse.

    September 23, 2019
  70. #Daymantle # said:

    This video is full of poops..

    September 26, 2019
  71. No Fifthty said:

    sin eater sound like food that gone expired day that why it is sinful….

    September 27, 2019
  72. A Bag o’ Chips said:

    How does one become a whipping boy? Asking for a friend

    October 3, 2019
  73. Antione Berry said:

    the wrost job I had was working in a waste management plant in novi michigan during two[2]years!

    October 3, 2019
  74. Friday The 13TH said:

    Summer job !

    October 8, 2019
  75. Racing Games Casual Gameplays said:

    8. Rat catcher is just today’s pest control job

    October 10, 2019
  76. Qasim Muhammad said:

    Unfortunately for me the interesting facts and entertainment value are spoiled somewhat by the incredibly inaccurate mapsof Europe. I never knew Henry VIII was King of Northern Ireland as well as Scotland(!)

    October 10, 2019
  77. Beast 69 said:

    How many ads in 1 video ?

    October 11, 2019
  78. Brayson Friend said:

    I thought they did not use purple in kingdoms. I watched your other video. 5.52

    October 15, 2019
  79. william gosvener said:

    Creation dates

    match 1366 china, match 1805 Europe, lighters 1823 Europe. Flintlock (lighters) 1340 Europe.

    October 18, 2019
  80. SAKETH RAIDU said:

    gong farmers were really greatest, to bear the humiliation and keep the city great.

    October 20, 2019
  81. Gaby Post said:

    Worst job is parent of a spoiled brat

    October 20, 2019
  82. ginnym72 said:

    Milliken plant in SC is the worst. Angie ellenberg is a scumbag

    October 22, 2019
  83. Strafoam G said:

    Honestly I wouldn’t mind being a “bone collector”. You’re just picking up bones. Also it just occured to me, but why didn’t anyone use gloves back then for this stuff?

    October 26, 2019
  84. L_R_B's Gaming Channel said:

    The worst, best and only job I did is youtube

    October 26, 2019
  85. Kvell Salvana said:

    2019: “If you don’t work hard, you’re going to work at McDonald’s!”
    1650: “If you don’t work hard, you’re going to be a whipping boy!”

    October 29, 2019
  86. Michael said:

    Best job is probably being a sin eater

    October 30, 2019
  87. School Boiii said:

    "The Girlfriend"

    November 1, 2019
  88. Dave Otuwa said:

    Bad jobs are done for punishment.

    November 3, 2019
  89. Adriana Betancur said:


    November 5, 2019
  90. Duchesse de Berne said:

    „Modern hippies would be impressed“

    Greta wants to know your location

    November 6, 2019
  91. Weeb said:

    Ok boomer

    November 7, 2019
  92. Joseph Lantis said:

    Groom of the Stool was a proud title, actually. Due to the intimacy of the position, Grooms would often discover important information about the kingdom and were treated in an honorable fashion.

    November 7, 2019
  93. lauren bell said:

    I have to disagree about The Whipping Boy I've read several accounts for The Whipping Boy and the Royal were best friends truly were close and that it did bother them they didn't want to get their friend whipped if they weren't close to The Whipping Boy they got another Whipping Boy to be friends with him the prince in question

    November 7, 2019
  94. Frances Bullivant said:

    Wool is waterproof???

    November 9, 2019
  95. Zaller Mayhem said:

    ‘Whipping boy’
    Me: thinks about my me with my baby late at night
    Yeah I get that

    November 10, 2019
  96. hades 1600 said:

    this is just in uk not all the world .

    November 11, 2019
  97. Ken The Amalgamate said:

    Hat maker, imagine putting your hpentirenhand intp a tube of mercury

    November 11, 2019
  98. ChevyBM said:

    Telephone sales person has to be the worst job.

    November 11, 2019
  99. savero ardito said:

    For me the worst job in the human history is go to school . Who agree with me like

    November 11, 2019
  100. Ale X said:

    What about the poor Americans in big cities working in factories in the 1890s to 1910s?

    November 13, 2019

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