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40 Strange Historical Facts That You Didn’t Learn In History Class

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The human alarm clock

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When that stupid alarm clock goes off in the morning, it takes all our self-control not to chuck it out the nearest window. Doing that a hundred years ago would have resulted in possibly injuring the human alarm clock standing outside! Knocker-ups were people who were hired to get people out of bed in the mornings. They were armed with long sticks or pea-shooters, and they would bang on or shoot at the windows of the clients who hired them. Knocker-ups were paid a few pence a week, which was a steal in comparison to how expensive actual alarm clocks were at the time. They didn’t have a snooze button either — they would bang at the window until the client was up and out of bed.

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