22 Weird Jobs From 100 Years Ago

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Metal Floss via YouTube

Before everyone started working in tech, people actually had their choice of eclectic and strange vocations that put food on their old-timey tables. Discover what lamplighters, lectores, and knocker-uppers did back in the day as Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy runs down 22 Weird Old Jobs from 100 Years Ago.

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23 Weird Laws You Might Have Broken

Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy hosts "The List Show."
Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy hosts "The List Show."
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If you've ever played a game of bingo in North Carolina, you may have been a party to a crime without even knowing it. And if you've ever eavesdropped on a neighbor in Oklahoma and shared any of that juicy gossip, you might just want to go ahead and turn yourself into the police.

From coast to coast, America is full of bizarre laws that you've probably broken at one time or another. Join Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy as she digs into the history of 23 of the strangest of them—like why you can't eat fried chicken with a knife and fork in Gainesville, Georgia. You can watch the full episode below.

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25 Weird Old Predictions Made About the 21st Century

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Erin McCarthy hosts "The List Show" with the assistance of a frighteningly large carrot.
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Nikola Tesla may have been a brilliant inventor/engineer and one of the world's most famous futurists, but he got one prognostication seriously wrong when he predicted that people would no longer be drinking coffee in the 21st century.

In a 1935 article, Tesla wrote that 21st-century humans would know better than to pollute their bodies with harmful substances like caffeine and nicotine. As for alcohol? Well, let's just say that Tesla had a much more generous view on imbibing.

Join Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy as she digs up 25 bold predictions from the past—some of them bizarre, some of them ridiculously funny, and some of them just plain wrong—in this edition of "The List Show."

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