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Ancient Workers Cashed Their Paychecks in Beer

Think of it as the cuneiform equivalent of "Beer me"

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Turns out, ancient civilization's workers weren't all that different from modern-day employees — some of them even spent their hard-earned paychecks at Happy Hour.

According to New Scientist, the world's oldest paycheck — written in a picture language known as cuneiform — was cashed in beer. One tablet, excavated from the city of Uruk in modern-day Iraq, includes the symbols for "ration" (a human head eating from a bowl) and "beer" (a conical vessel): "Scattered around are scratches recording the amount of beer for a particular worker. It's the world's oldest known payslip, implying that the concept of worker and employer was familiar five millennia ago."

Though direct deposit has made cuneiform paychecks a thing of the past, some would-be employees are still relying on traditional printing methods to get ahead. An Australian woman recently had her CV printed on chocolate bars and sent to potential employers. So far, the gimmick doesn't appear to have elicited any job offers, but it did garner more than 9,000 shares on LinkedIn. And in the modern era, going viral is often worth at least the price of a beer.