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Ugly people earn less. So

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Ugly people earn less. So nose jobs may actually pay for themselves.

ashley Stai
May 13, 2003 4:38 PM

please help me find info on if ugly people can get hired! I have a research paper due tomorrow! HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Adam Kalsey
May 13, 2003 10:39 PM

I've met some ugly people in professional situations, so apparently ugly people can find jobs. And judging from my experience, stupid people have no trouble finding employment either.

Adam Kalsey
May 13, 2003 10:41 PM

If you want to see original article I linked to, it's no longer on Slate, but you can find it here:

May 14, 2003 2:19 PM

The article was interesting, but your Linkrot page is quite clever too! I'm curious to know how you did it...

Adam Kalsey
May 14, 2003 4:28 PM

Manually mostly. Every so often I hunt down the dead offsite links using a link checker and then I go through the offending entries adding "/linkrot.html?" to the beginning of each dead URL. The linkrot.html page simply uses JavaScript to grab the URL from the query string and display it in several ways. If you view source on the linkrot page, you'll see how it's done. Just look for the code that includes

junior owusu
November 18, 2004 8:41 AM

i am doing a film production about who is so ugly that he is rejected from getting the right type of job that he wants. Right now, i'm trying to gather enough information on both ugly people as well as physiaclly deformed people who struggle in finding success in life. please if anyone has any info, images, places etc please reply.

February 6, 2007 5:13 PM

UGH!!!!!!!! noooooooooooooo. ugly people can't get jobs. i mean, mcdonalds or whatever probably will because they hire anyone and don't discriminate. but if like you want to work at like a magazine company like VOGUE or whatever then you probably wouldn't be able to get a job if you were ugly. companies want pretty people even if theyre stupid. you know..... APPEARANCE IS EVERYTHING! unless you're ugly Betty,..... thennnnnnnn maybe you might get a job... that made no sense but whatever. i have a good job. i dont really need one though. it's all optional. i'm rich. bitch.

February 6, 2007 5:15 PM

whoaaaa was that MEAANN or whatttttttttt???!!!!!! ha ha ha

May 6, 2007 5:38 PM

I have leukemia, I have had several radiation treatments, and have lost all my hair. I exercise and stay in good shape and have a very positive attitude. I refuse to get help from the government for disability or anything, Im no different than anyone else, besides other people need it more than I do. For the last 2 years I have been trying to find any job. But since Im pale and look like a nazi, its just not happening. Looks might be everything to stupid people, but you have to get to know a person before judgeing them.

August 5, 2008 7:56 PM

Have had head injury and left side of face sags abit. but everyone Ive talked to thinks that Im angry or in bad mood... So yeah am ugly and unemployed :)

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