The task of an alarm clock was once accomplished by the neighborhood knocker-up. Don’t let the title fool you; this wasn’t the guy they hired to impregnate all the town’s women (that was the milkman’s job). A knocker-up was the person who walked around town in the frigid early hours of the morning with a 12-foot stick and knocked on the townspeople’s doors and windows to rouse them from their slumber.

5 Insane Jobs People Had to Do Before Modern Technology

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