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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26 Fascinating Facts About Fossils

Mental Floss via YouTube
Mental Floss via YouTube

If you’ve never visited the Big Bone Room, you’re in luck. Check out our visit to New York City's American Museum of Natural History for a rundown on fossils, which provide invaluable insight into our understanding of history and its once-living occupants.

In this edition of "The List Show," editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy explains the ins and outs of excavation, fossil follies (extinct giants were a big miss), and the terrorizing prospect of a 3-foot-tall parrot.

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Debunking 18 Thanksgiving Myths

Mental Floss via YouTube
Mental Floss via YouTube

Thanksgiving is here—and with it comes a need for conversation fodder for difficult relatives. What better way to spark debate than by debunking some common Turkey Day myths? Join Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy for a primer on fowl fallacies like presidential turkey pardons, tryptophan-induced naps, and the mysteries of canned pumpkin.

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