The Quick 10: The 10 Best-Paying Jobs in America

For those of you out there looking for a career guaranteed to make you big bucks, you're welcome. These 10 jobs will earn you a six figure salary, according to Forbes magazine. The magazine made the list without considering stock options, overtime and that sort of thing. It does include bonuses.

It doesn't include self-employed people, owners and partners in unincorporated firms or household workers. It's also the average salary, which probably explains why people in the sports professions don't make the list - sure, there are a handful of basketball players making bank, but the ones who play smaller-time leagues average it out. Tomorrow's Quick 10: The 10 Worst-Paying Jobs. By the way, can you believe "blogger" doesn't make the top 10 best list? Huh.

The 10 Best-Paying Jobs in America

1. Anesthesiologists
Mean Annual Wage: $184,340
One-Year Change: 5.8%
No. In Employment: 29,890

2. Surgeons
Mean Annual Wage: $184,150
One-Year Change: 3.6%
No. In Employment: 51,900

3. Obstetricians And Gynecologists
Mean Annual Wage: $178,040
One-Year Change: 3.6%
No. In Employment: 22,520

4. Orthodontists
Mean Annual Wage: $176,900
One-Year Change: 8.3%
No. In Employment: 5,200

5. Oral And Maxillofacial Surgeons
Mean Annual Wage: $164,760
One-Year Change: 2.6%
No. In Employment: 5,320

6. Internists, General
Mean Annual Wage: $160,860
One-Year Change: 2.8%
No. In Employment: 48,700

7. Prosthodontists
Mean Annual Wage: $158,940
One-Year Change: 8.8%
No. In Employment: 480

8. Psychiatrists
Mean Annual Wage: $149,990
One-Year Change: 2.6%
No. In Employment: 24,730

9. Family And General Practitioners
Mean Annual Wage: $149,850
One-Year Change: 6.8%
No. In Employment: 109,400

10. Chief Executives
Mean Annual Wage: $144,600
One-Year Change: 3.4%
No. In Employment: 299,520

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The Secret World War II History Hidden in London's Fences

In South London, the remains of the UK’s World War II history are visible in an unlikely place—one that you might pass by regularly and never take a second look at. In a significant number of housing estates, the fences around the perimeter are actually upcycled medical stretchers from the war, as the design podcast 99% Invisible reports.

During the Blitz of 1940 and 1941, the UK’s Air Raid Precautions department worked to protect civilians from the bombings. The organization built 60,000 steel stretchers to carry injured people during attacks. The metal structures were designed to be easy to disinfect in case of a gas attack, but that design ended up making them perfect for reuse after the war.

Many London housing developments at the time had to remove their fences so that the metal could be used in the war effort, and once the war was over, they were looking to replace them. The London County Council came up with a solution that would benefit everyone: They repurposed the excess stretchers that the city no longer needed into residential railings.

You can tell a stretcher railing from a regular fence because of the curves in the poles at the top and bottom of the fence. They’re hand-holds, designed to make it easier to carry it.

Unfortunately, decades of being exposed to the elements have left some of these historic artifacts in poor shape, and some housing estates have removed them due to high levels of degradation. The Stretcher Railing Society is currently working to preserve these heritage pieces of London infrastructure.

As of right now, though, there are plenty of stretchers you can still find on the streets. If you're in the London area, this handy Google map shows where you can find the historic fencing.

[h/t 99% Invisible]

Custom-Design the Ugly Christmas Sweater of Your Dreams (or Nightmares)

For those of you aspiring to be the worst dressed person at your family's holiday dinner, sells—you guessed it—ugly Christmas sweaters to seasonal revelers possessing a sense of irony. But the Michigan-based online retailer has elevated kitsch to new heights by offering a create-your-own-sweater tool on its website.

Simply visit the site's homepage, and click on the Sweater Customizer link. There, you'll be provided with a basic sweater template, which you can decorate with festive snowflakes, reindeer, and other designs in five different colors. If you're feeling really creative, you can even upload photos, logos, hand-drawn pictures, and/or text. After you approve and purchase a mock-up of the final design, you can purchase the final result (prices start at under $70). But you'd better act quickly: due to high demand, orders will take about two weeks plus shipping time to arrive.


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