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Friday, September 01, 2006

Flipping Burgers Ain't So Bad

Think your job is bad? The Worst Jobs in History from England's Channel 4 reveals how the unluckiest of our British ancestors paid their bills—and in some cases earned their surnames. I grew up just down the road from some Fullers.

As a fuller, you are expected to walk up and down all day in huge vats of stinking stale urine. The ammonia produced by the rotten wee may make your eyes water, but it creates the softest cloth by drawing out the grease (lanolin) from the wool. If you can dance up to your knees in urine for around two hours per length of cloth, you'll succeed in closing the fibres of the wool and interlocking them to produce cloth that is kind to the skin. You will be doing your part, along with the weavers, dyers and merchants, in making it a world-beating export.

You may stink and regularly have to fight back the urge to throw up, but you are guaranteed very clean toenails. [Link, via Neatorama]

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