Ken Gidney, Professional Ant Catcher

Ken Gidney made $1.4 million catching ants. He supplied the ants for the Uncle Milton Ant Farm sets. He got the job in 1956 (by being first in line in response to the job ad) and continued at it for over 20 years, getting paid 1 cent per ant.

His technique: "At first I excavated and I would catch 'em on broom straws. Then I found I could dig a narrow hole alongside an ant hill and place a baby food jar next to it." He would blow into the hole using a plastic hose and the ants would scurry out into the jar.

Sources: Lawrence Journal-World - Jul 4, 1976; The Evening Independent - Feb 17, 1976
     Posted By: Alex - Thu Jun 04, 2015
     Category: Jobs and Occupations

Some ants are just worth more than others, I guess.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 06/04/15 at 08:42 AM
Ick, don't like ants either!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 06/04/15 at 11:34 PM
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