Strangest Jobs in History

  • de-dagger: One who removes balls (dags) of dried shit from the fleece around the arseholes of sheep. A specialised agricultural discipline, the leading exponents in which hail mainly from Australia and New Zealand (where men are men and sheep are nervous).

  • gallstone trader: A certified practitioner usually with accreditation permitting buy and/or sell activities on gallstone trading floors under the aegis of the Global Body Parts Exchange (GLOBOPARTEX).

  • butcher's dwarf: Once a lucrative and respected profession, nowadays practised only in remote parts of Kazakhstan. Required skills include removal of bloodstained sawdust.

  • chicken whisperer: See "Ludwig, Brunhilde, Osbert and Depravity--a history of the von Cuckenhagen clan".

  • map colourer: See "Jobs, jibes and jube-jubes: Encyclopaedia of mental illness, chapter 73, mathematical madness, section iii, map colouring".

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