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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32 Ways School Was Different in America 100 Years Ago

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Mental Floss via YouTube

Your social media feeds may be full of the faces of crestfallen kids posing for their obligatory back-to-school photos, but what has become an annual rite of passage was a rarity a century ago. In 1900, only 51 percent of kids aged 5 to 19 were enrolled in school.

In the latest edition of The List Show, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy is sharing dozens of ways school was different in America 100 years ago.

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32 Facts About the Witness Protection Program

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YouTube via Mental Floss

If you have information that could help prosecutors put criminals behind bars, but you think it might cost you your life, you’re in luck: The Federal Witness Protection Program can give you a new one. Since the 1970s, the government has been relocating witnesses with new names, new homes, and sometimes even new faces.

While it’s notoriously secretive, we’ve managed to uncover 32 facts about the business of giving sources a new lease—or nose—on life. Check them out in this all-new edition of The List Show with Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy.

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