Upstate New York resident Anthony Mancinelli worked as a barber for 96 years, from the age of 12 until 6 weeks before his death at the age of 108. When he began cutting hair in 1923, he charged 25 cents for his services. Leading up to his death in 2019, he charged $19 for a haircut.
After four months of rejections Kim O’Grady added ‘Mr.’ to his name on resume/CV and almost immediately landed a job.
From 1897 until 1996 the federal government had a board of tea testers whose job was to make sure that imported tea was good enough to be sold in the US.
In the 1800’s, sewer-hunters scavenged the London sewers for bones, fragments of rope, miscellaneous bits of metal, silver cutlery, and coins. Paradoxically, the men were strong, robust and even florid in complexion, often surprisingly long-lived–thanks to their strengthened immune systems.
One of the most sought-after jobs in Venice is that of gondolier. There are only 425 licenses issued, and applicants must be Venetian by birth. Apprenticeships involve over 400 hours of training, and when a gondolier dies the license passes to the beneficiary, who then decides the replacement.
Pet food tasters (humans) serve as professional quality control for pet food. They make up to $120k/year.
In 2006, Guy Goma showed up at the BBC for a job interview as a computer technician. He was mistaken for Guy Kewney, a computer expert, and put on live TV to discuss a judicial verdict. Despite his amazing performance faking his way through the segment, he did not get the job.
In 1950, several store owners independently realized that they could draw big crowds by having a woman sleeping in a bed as a window display.
Sanitation workers in Karachi, Pakistan are often completely submerged in raw sewage as they work, using their bare hands and feet to move sludge.
An estimated 80% of available jobs in the U.S. never get posted or advertised.