The 13 Worst Jobs of the Last 2,000 Years

By Derek Thompson

Lapham's Quarterly has a great print-and-paste matrix:

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... and a sensationally amusing matrix, it is. ("Banquet attendant" might be the most ingenious vocational euphemism in human history.) But I don't want to leave this alone without pointing out that of course there are more dangerous and disgusting jobs -- such as, for example, gladiators, or even the world's oldest profession -- whose day-to-day is probably worse than hunting through bogs for oil.

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