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Snaggy

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Icon 10 posted April 29, 2005 10:19      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
In this website, we take you on a journey through 2,000 years of British history and the worst jobs of each era. Tony Robinson, presenter of the Channel 4 series, has devised a quiz to see how suited you would be to certain jobs in the past. The skills agency learndirect has provided information on current offbeat careers, and finally, we show you how to take your interest further.

http://www.channel4.com/history/microsites/W/worstjobs/index.html

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Very interesting, though I still think the worst job has to be anything to do with feet. [shake head]
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I just spent like 40 minutes reading all of them.

Oh man I hope I was rich in my past lives. [Eek!] [Razz]

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Mel
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I think being a doctor would be one of the worst jobs. Whoever decides to do that has my full respect! I can't stand to look at gore, and I can't hurt people or cut them open, etc. Plus the stress of people dying on you, working late nights, having to tell people their loved ones died, having to make quick and important decisions, etc.
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The Famous Druid

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I went to the open day at my daughters school recently. When we went to the music room, there was the teacher and a room full of 8 year olds hammering away at all manner of instruments. The noise was beyond description, I had to flee the room within a couple of minutes. That guy must buy his headache tablets by the wheelbarrow load.

Primary School Music Teacher: definitely a candidate for "worst job in history".

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quote:
Originally posted by Mel:
I think being a doctor would be one of the worst jobs. Whoever decides to do that has my full respect! I can't stand to look at gore, and I can't hurt people or cut them open, etc. Plus the stress of people dying on you, working late nights, having to tell people their loved ones died, having to make quick and important decisions, etc.

Although being a doctor today (thankfully) doesn't entail doing live amputations or applying leeches, many of the other problems you described still exist today. My dad is a doctor, his dad was a doctor, and his dad was a doctor, but I really don't think I have the mental stamina to continue the family tradition.

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Hey! I saw that show! It played on the History Channel. It was awesome. I like the story behind the origin of "nitpicker".

Taking medieval England into consideration, I'd say Systems Analyst doesn't touch the worst jobs of all time. I feel energized. [Big Grin]

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Being a doctor really sucks ... even when you're not dealing with life-threatening issues, it's quality of life stuff, and the hours are horrendous. When I look at the crap my doctors put up with from their patients, the lack of time at home with family, and the big difference beteween perception and reality in their finances ... well, I'd never want to be a doctor.

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Hah, yeah, 12 hours after clocking in, my job's still all right for now. I'm glad I'm not an ASC... some of them put in almost 24 hours without sleep/dinner today. Pesky clients! [Mad]

EDIT: It's 7am and I started work at 5pm. My longest shift, ever. [Eek!]

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quote:
Originally posted by Mel:
I think being a doctor would be one of the worst jobs. Whoever decides to do that has my full respect! I can't stand to look at gore, and I can't hurt people or cut them open, etc. Plus the stress of people dying on you, working late nights, having to tell people their loved ones died, having to make quick and important decisions, etc.

Well, I've often found that doing the kind of work I do is analogous to being a 'computer doctor.' Naturally, I won't pretend to be half the person a medical doctor is - my work doesn't save a person from dying, or deliver newborns into this world, or any of the varying matters in between. However, I've brought back data that was otherwise gone, rescuing days/weeks/months worth of work. Of course, this is their fault for not having multiple copies, but that doesn't stop them from breathing a sigh of relief to have their life back again (the prospect of redoing a thesis is not fun - I still can't believe the one person who had their entire thesis solely on a floppy disk). I've also had to deliver the news that data is /gone/, or that a machine is simply inoperable. The other night, I just worked on this girl's Toshiba laptop, with the OS completely trashed...darned if I know what did it, but I just couldn't bring it back to life (spent over an hour with Knoppix, *trying* to get the registry back in there...but captive-ntfs just didn't want to cooperate), so I had to run the restore disc. I feel very crappy about the fact that re-installing iTunes caused her iPod to be erased...I was afraid that's what the dialog box meant by 'replace the contents with /this/ Library.' *sigh* I do hope she hadn't bought anything off iTMS...and am glad she was asleep when her brother paid me and I left (he made the very same point [Wink] ). (If she complains, though, I do feel compelled to give her about an hour's wages back for the loss - call it medical malpractice, if you will. [Razz] [It certainly wasn't deliberate, though.]) The other week, I spent over an hour resuscitating a network, at night from home, when I should have been taking it easy - there's never a break for a [responsible] sysadmin. :-/ I'd recant the phrase 'I hate computers,' but at the moment, I think it's really "I hate poorly-maintained/used Windows computers." (I'm honest - Windows can be used safely, but most people don't do that.) File-sharing software is the cigarette of computing - odds are high that you'll get viruses or other 'goodies' if you use it -- and akin to second hand smoking for my one of my networks...one sloppy virus can hose a network (fscking SDBot variant starts a torrent of ICMP traffic!).

/me disppears...sorry for the sloppy rant above...

I think it's high time I start another 24 hour period of "No I will not fix your computer" time. [Smile]

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My worst job was washing dishes at Pizza Hut. Got treated like crap by the management when it came to scheduling, and the job was gross. Working the cantene ina movie theatre was pretty gross too. Got butter in my eye! Eeew! But none of that is like being a doctor. We all have crap jobs once in our lives, unless you're lucky, of course.
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I got an email with these pics a while ago. Found them on a site. I think this fits in just right!

http://www.avolites.org.uk/jokes/job.htm

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Don't forget mid 1900's power company lineman. They had a 50% on-the-job-death-rate (mainly from electrocution, or if that didn't kill them, the fall after being electrocuted). And don't forget that linemen truly work rain, shine, earthquake, or hurricane.
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They missed computer support technician. =/

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