Seeing as many students become listless by the middle of the week, how about we take a quick trivia break. Many of you are prone to distractions online, inevitably leading you to odd lists of trivia on Buzzfeed and Facebook. So, instead of you taking your precious bar exam prep time to search the Internet for fun facts, we did the arduous work for you and found some fun trivia we can unwind with for a few minutes.
Today we will be going over 'Jobs That No Longer Exist.' As time passes, technology and innovation make certain jobs obsolete. It's actually really interesting to see what people used to get paid for. Let's begin!
- Bowling Alley Pinsetter
Before the days of automatic pin resetting, small children would get paid'typically very low wages'to quickly reset the pins for more rounds of the game.
- Human Alarm Clock
The people who held this position were popularly known as 'knocker-uppers.'' They would walk their route and tap on the windows of their clients with long sticks, throw pebbles, and shout until their clients assured them that they had woken. More efficient than your iPhone? Probably not.
- Ice Cutter
Prior to the invention of the fridge, the most efficient way to keep things cold was to harvest ice in the winter and store it for the warmer months. The job was very dangerous. These people would have to traverse frozen ponds and cut giant blocks of ice from frigid waters. Many died because of falling in and suffering from hypothermia.
- Rat Catcher
During the time that Europe had a large rat infestation, this was a very lucrative job. It was also a very perilous job because rats usually carried disease and these people were at risk of getting bitten. But, it was a necessary job and a great public service.
You've seen people play this part in TV shows and movies. In the time before refrigerators, milk would spoil in a day. That's why the milkman would make daily deliveries, making sure everyone had their daily necessity of calcium-rich milk.
Interesting, right? It's funny to think that many jobs that we find necessary today will become just as obsolete in the years to come. For instance: in-class bar exam instructors. As with the jobs mentioned above, technology will completely eliminate the need for these in-class instructors. Just as the refrigerator eliminated the once coveted service of the milkman, the efficiency and convenience of an app-based bar review course with on-demand access to remote bar exam instructors will soon make in-class bar exam instructor's just as obsolete as human alarm clocks!
Hope you liked that little trivia break in your day. Now get back to your bar prep!