The modern world is filled with bizarre jobs, from searching through Facebook for objectionable content to writing for Buzzfeed. But the odd office jobs of today pale in comparison to the horrible jobs many held in Victorian England.
Paging Doctor O to the parlor please. Doctor O to the parlor.
History is full of fascinating people out of records from the documents of historians like Josephus to the chronicles of explorers like Columbus.
On number 6, using St. Bede as a reference point for something that happened a couple hundred years before, is a bit iffy, and a person contemporary to that time, such as Gildas the Wise, to me offers a better perspective. But these are enjoyable summaries.
When he wasn't delivering lectures in a deep sea diving suit, designing fur-lined bathtubs, filling his Rolls-Royce with cauliflower or, you know, creating one of the world's most mind-bending troves of surrealist art, Salvador Dali made a cookbook.
We've mentioned it before, and have to again. The Dali cookbook is quite whimsical. Love the phenakistoscope reel on the cover bottom, like a line of marquetry upon a wooden serving table.
Some of the most prominent figures in history were notorious pranksters. They came from all kinds of different backgrounds—politics, science, sports, art—and the only thing they had in common was that they enjoyed a good hoax.