This might come as somewhat of a surprise, but one of the most dangerous jobs in the world takes place at the Vatican, and the hazardous work has nothing to do with the Pope’s security force. No, on the list of “most dangerous jobs in the world,” it’s number three:
TOP FIVE MOST DANGEROUS JOBS IN THE WORLD:
5. Underwater Welder
4. Smoke Jumpers (Skydivers who parachute into fire zones to fight a wild fire before it spreads)
3. Launderer in the Vatican
2. Political Reporter in Moscow
1. Target Girls (Women who volunteer to have daggers thrown at them by Magicians and Knife Throwers)
That’s right – launderers, washerwomen and men, and dryer monitors in the massive laundry in the basement of the Vatican perform one of the world’s most dangerous jobs, because if the dryer vents in the immense basement laundry aren’t cleaned regularly, thick layers of lint from the many heavy and voluminous papal gowns build up quickly on the heating elements inside the dryers which can cause them to overheat and catch fire.
Such a fire – one caused by the profuse build-up of papal lint from the Pope's gowns and robes – caused the destructive fire at the coin-op Laundromat beneath the Emmett Lee Dickinson Museum that burned the museum down on New Year’s Eve in 2015 and destroyed much of the downtown area of historic Washerst (the birthplace of Emmett Lee Dickinson, Emily Dickinson’s third cousin, twice removed – at her request).
Yes, lint from Pope Francis’ gowns contributed to the devastating inferno. News from The New York Times reported the following:
“The conflagration was sparked by trapped exhaust in the clogged dryer vents of the coin-op laundromat. Fire Marshal Les Burns reported that the laundromat’s dryer vents had not been cleaned in years. In addition, a source from the Vatican who asked to remain anonymous, confirmed that Pope Francis (a frequent visitor to the Emmett Lee Dickinson Museum) added to the mass of lint when he visited the laundromat last October and laundered multiple heavy loads of Papal robes without using dryer sheets.”
Now, on National Laundry Day, April 15 2017, Pope Francis – in association with the Vatican’s Papal Almoner’s Office -- is opening the “Lavanderia di Papa Francesco” (“Pope Francis Laundry”), a laundromat for the poor and homeless of Rome.
“What else could I do,” said the Pope. “Due to my carelessness, I ended up destroying one of the great museums of the world.”
“But,” he added, “my humble gesture takes on significant meaning since my laundromat is opening on National Laundry Day, a day of cleanliness established by Emmett Lee Dickinson himself.”
Pictured at the right: News of the new "Pope Francis Laundry."