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The Worst Job Ad in the History of Job Ads

Some job ads have subtle warning signs that tell applicants the job might not be totally ideal, like "fast-paced is an understatement" or "must be able to work with no supervision."

Others have giant red flags that should send applicants running for the hills.

Openly admitting a high possibility of death? Well that just takes things to a whole new level:

"The City cannot accept responsibility for the illness or death of the successful applicant, as it is generally public knowledge that death rates are currently running at between 15 and 60% in some areas and treatment and prevention have not yet been discovered."

Before you spit out your coffee in horror, we should mention this job ad was originally posted in London in 1665 for a City Doctor during the Plague. We found this ad in a library's archives and loved every part of it. Primarily because it reminds us that some jobs in history were much worse than any job out there today.

Check out the full, unedited, and totally amazing job posting below. And then say a prayer of thanks that your job isn't as bad as this one.

Photo of plague doctor courtesy of Wikipedia.