Contestants Share 13 Things About ‘Jeopardy’ You Don’t See On TV

If you’re one of the 25 million viewers who tune in to Jeopardy every week, you know why the fast-paced game show is one of America’s favorites.

But what you don’t see on TV are the hours of practice, weird techniques, and hectic schedules that make every episode special.

Here are 13 secrets about the show, as revealed by former contestants.

A local ‘Jeopardy’ tryout. Jon Bowman / YouTube

Every contestant’s journey to Jeopardy begins with a 50-question online quiz that is only available certain times of the year.

If you ace that test, you get invited to the auditions at a nearby city. There, you take another pop quiz, play a mock game, and get interviewed to see if you have the personality for TV.

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From that moment you’re officially on the waiting list, and could be called to compete on the show any time in the next 18 months.

If you don’t get the call, you’re free to try again. It’s not unheard of for contestants to try more than 10 times before giving up (or finally making the grade).

Contestants get discounts at LA’s Doubletree Hilton hotel.Agoda

If you do get called to compete on the show, you have about a month’s notice to plan for your appearance (and do some extra studying).

Your airfare and accommodations are not covered by the show, so aim to at least win the second place prize ($2,000 before taxes). One contestant said that was just enough to cover the cost of her trip.

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Jeopardy tapes a week’s worth of episodes in one day, so be prepared to play five games back-to-back if you manage a winning streak.

Each game is a lot faster than watching the show at home: you blitz through all the questions in just 15 minutes.

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The show expects you to bring your own clothes and style your own hair, but they will give you makeup for the TV lights.

The producers advise contestants to bring at least two outfits, in case you manage to win a game. But make it easy to put on, you only have about 10 minutes to get changed between episodes.

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Don’t get any ideas: Alex Trebek is just doing his job, and he’s not known for chatting with the contestants during commercial breaks.

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Trebek will pose for a photo with you during the first round, and answers questions from the audience, but mainly he’s only interested in hosting the show.

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Somehow, fans got the idea in their heads that contestants on the show get a “study guide” that tells them what to brush up on. Actual contestants say that’s not true at all.

In fact, the show’s writers make six sets of questions each week, which are randomly chosen by a separate company before the games.

Richard Pryor’s Widow Claims He And Marlon Brando Were Lovers, But His Daughter Furiously Denies It

In a recent New York Magazine interview, superstar music producer Quincy Jones revealed a ton of juicy secrets of the music and entertainment industry that not only shocked plenty of readers, but had a surprising number of people coming forward to actually back up his statements.

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From his brutally honest comments about working with Michael Jackson:

“I hate to get into this publicly, but Michael stole a lot of stuff. He stole a lot of songs. [Donna Summer’s] ‘State of Independence’ and ‘Billie Jean.’ The notes don’t lie, man. He was as Machiavellian as they come.”

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To his ESPECIALLY brutal comments on The Beatles:

“That they were the worst musicians in the world. They were no-playing motherf***ers. Paul was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo? Don’t even talk about it.”

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To even the current conditions of the United States as a whole:

“We’re the worst we’ve ever been, but that’s why we’re seeing people try and fix it. Feminism: Women are saying they’re not going to take it anymore. Racism: People are fighting it. God is pushing the bad in our face to make people fight back.”

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However, one of his comments that caught a lot of people off guard was to do with the sex life of a particularly famous actor: Marlon Brando. To quote Jones:

“He was the most charming motherf***er you ever met. He’d f*** anything. Anything! He’d f*** a mailbox. James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye.”

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Well as it turns out, at least one of those stories might actually be true, but that’s being heavily debated by members of Pryor’s family…

Gene Kelly Was A Star During The Golden Age Of Hollywood But He Harbored Some Dark Secrets

When you think about Gene Kelly, you think of one of the stars during the golden age of Hollywood, of both the stage and screen. Men wanted to be him, women wanted to be with him, and that perception really helped cement his legacy in the annals of Hollywood lore.

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A recent biography, He’s Got Rhythm, has shed some light on who the man was beyond the bright lights of the red carpet. According to the book, not only was Kelly a star, but he also had a huge ego, and an even more massive temper.

The book was written with the help of interviews with Kelly’s family and close friends. The authors, Cynthia and Sara Brideson, were also able to some how dig up previously unpublished sources. It has made for a very interesting and enlightening read.

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But what evidence did the authors manage to find that would prove that the allegations of his anger and ego were true? One of Kelly’s former co-stars gave an interesting anecdote about what it was like to work with him. “Cyd Charisse claimed that her husband always knew when she had been dancing with Gene Kelly if she came home with bruises and with Fred Astaire if she came home unmarked,” say the authors.

But was it just his anger and his ego that Kelly was hiding? Not according to the book.

The Real Answers To Men’s Secret Questions About Sex

What do men really wonder about throughout the day? What keeps us up at night? Do we often ponder the deeper meaning of life?

Probably, but most of the time it’s just about sex, and everything to do with it.

There’s no real surprise there, but what sort of things do we wonder about, exactly? While some of them may be obvious, the answers to the questions are quite surprising for guys to hear!

Here are the top seven questions men wish they could just ask you about sex, as well as the answers you just wish your man would understand!

Believe me, this is the unspoken worry that almost every man has, especially if they feel they are less than average. While science (and experience) has proven that girth is way more important for women than length, it doesn’t stop men from feeling nervous about their size.

There are surgeries that will enlarge the penis, however the easiest and safest way to build “fuller” erections is also the most fun. Regular exercise is the best bet!

If your man has ever been unable to perform for whatever reason, it can seriously alter their self esteem. If you both make a big deal out of it when it happens, it can cause performance anxiety the next time around.

Besides overcoming nervousness, other tips include lowering alcohol intake, eating healthily, jogging, and improving one’s confidence in other areas of life.

Perhaps this is among the most frustrating of problems, because it can make someone feel like a failure when they spend time with a partner.

There is no “right” time for sex, and this likely comes from an unconscious sense of inadequacy. It doesn’t matter how long you and your partner spend between the sheets, as long as you are meeting each other’s needs.

But if you are looking to prevent premature ejaculation, then try taking breaks during coitus to recharge and relax. Although, having sex more often will also desensitize your loins and allow you to last longer together!

If you feel that you aren’t being fulfilled by your partner because of mismatched libidos, the very first thing you should be doing is talking to them about it. Communication is the saving grace of almost every issue inside the bedroom, and a great starting point.

The most common problem that men and women seem to run into is technique. While men require very little to achieve climax, women usually need a fair bit of “special attention” to orgasm.

Talking about what each of you need in order to enjoy yourselves will help you have better sex, and more of it!

These are fairly easy to answer questions, but what about those wild and bizarre things that men have in the back of their minds?

Steve Harvey’s Favorite Answer Of All Time – And 10 Other ‘Family Feud’ Secrets

America’s silliest question and answer game has a special spot in our hearts.

Since 1976, the show has been entertaining us with really dumb answers (even though we probably couldn’t do any better). If you watch Family Feud every day, you may be surprised by these 11 secrets about the show.

1. Boring families need not apply

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As the show’s producer and head of casting Sara Dansby explains on the Family Feud website, you need to show your silly side to make it on TV.

“There’s no such thing as too over-the-top,” she explained. “Pick the most outgoing members of the family when putting together your team. We love loud and energetic contestants.”

2. They cut out a lot of wrong answers

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Each round begins with a face-off question where members of the competing families go head-to-head. What you don’t see on TV is that both players will often get a wrong answer.

If neither player gets their team on the board, both of them go back to their original positions, and they re-start the round with a new question, like nothing ever happened.

3. There’s a practice episode for both teams

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Like Wheel of Fortune, the format of Family Feud can be a little complicated. To get players warmed up and familiar with the studio, both teams play a practice game on the set. There’s even a stand-in Steve Harvey who hosts the phony game.

4. Thank a host for raising the grand prize value

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Older viewers will remember the Fast Money round used to award just $10,000. Producers didn’t want to raise the show’s grand prize until host Louie Anderson insisted.

Anderson grew up watching the show, and understood why people tune in at home: to see families win big bucks. “You’re rooting for those people who are playing, you really are,” he said.

5. They don’t tell you the survey is for Family Feud

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Have you ever been called by Applied Research-West on the telephone? That’s the firm that takes the polls for Family Feud. They usually call and ask 30-40 questions which appear on the show in a month or less.

The bland name keeps people from giving really outrageous answers just to throw off the show.

6. A host got in trouble for his kissing habit

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As the show’s host in the ’70s, Richard Dawson was known for his bizarre habit of kissing the female contestants. Complaints poured in about Dawson’s behavior, and the host was forced to poll the audience to ask if he should stop.

The show’s producer, Howard Felsher, told The Washington Post, “I don’t remember the exact totals, but it was something like 14,000 who said ‘kiss’ and 300 or 400 who said ‘don’t kiss.’ It was that lopsided.”

World’s Oldest Working Model Shares Her Beauty Tips, And They’re Shockingly Simple

Wrinkles and sagging skin just seem like a natural part of your life, but they don’t have to be.

The world’s oldest working model has finally shared some of her beauty tips that keep her looking young. The best part is that it won’t break the bank!

On any given day, you’re bombarded with hundreds of advertisements that promise you astonishing anti-aging results, but so far they’ve all seemed to have fallen short on that promise.

Is it because these products are promoted using models who are still in their youth or fully caked in makeup? Perhaps.

Honestly, the best advice you can get is from people around your age who have been following tried-and-tested beauty methods that have proven to keep them looking years younger than they actually are.

86-year-old American model Carmen Dell’Orefice is just the woman you need to hear from.

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Carmen began her fashion career more than 70 years ago, appearing in popular magazines like Vogue, and has been on runway shows for luxury brands like Louis Vuitton.

But she’s not like many models who retire once they reach their 40s or 50s. Why would she need to do that anyway? She’s more popular now than she ever was!

“I have had more magazine covers in the last 25 years than I have in my whole elongated career.”

So what’s her secret? Get ready to take some notes!

15 Secrets They Don’t Tell You About Pitching On ‘Shark Tank’

If watching reruns of Shark Tank has convinced you that you have a million dollar idea on your hands, it’s time for a reality check.

Yes, the reality show has made millionaires out of its humble contestants. But the more you learn about the show’s grueling behind-the-scenes process, the harder it seems to strike it rich on the show.

1. Every pitch starts with a staring contest

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To get enough shots of the entrepreneurs standing on the set, producers make them start their pitch with a “staredown” that lasts up to a minute. Witnesses have described the scene as “excruciating,” and it starts every pitch pretty awkwardly.

2. The shown plays tricks on your mind

As you can see in this video, the hallway each contestant walks down is a tricky optical illusion. It’s designed to look much longer than it really is. And no, those sharks aren’t real either.

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3. The show is more exclusive than Harvard

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Every season, 40,000 hopeful entrepreneurs apply for the show or are recruited by the producers. Just 150 get to pitch to the sharks, and of that small group only about 100 make it on the air.

Talk about long odds.

4. The show is a reboot

The original Japanese ‘Shark Tank.’Business Insider

Japan’s Money Tigers was the first show to feature the gimmick of entrepreneurs bidding on business ideas, way back in 2001. That show was adapted into Dragon’s Den in the UK, and later a Canadian version.

‘Dragon’s Den,’ the Canadian ‘Shark Tank.’CBC

In fact, sharks Kevin O’Leary and Robert Herjavec started out as Dragon’s Den hosts in Canada before moving south for Shark Tank.

5. Not every “deal” is a deal

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By Daymond John’s best guess, as many as one in five “deals” made on the show fall through. There’s a number of reasons why – including contestants who lie about their strong business numbers.

Surprisingly, Mark Cuban says that “90 percent of the time, the entrepreneur changed the deal. It was not us backing out.”

6. The simplest ideas are the best

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The show’s most successful pitch ever was the Scrub Daddy, an innovative cleaning product that sold 10 million units and made over $75 million. It turned out to be a great deal for Lori Greiner, who bought 20% of the company for $200,000.

7. The show used to take part of your company – deal or no deal

Originally, contestants on Shark Tank were required to give 5% equity in their company or 2% of profits to the show’s production company. That included contestants who didn’t even sign a deal.

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Shark Mark Cuban hated the unfair rule so much he threatened to quit if it wasn’t repealed.

8. Contestants are forced to meet a psychologist after filming

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You only get one shot on Shark Tank, and missing your big chance can seriously ruin your life. To help contestants decompress after their pitch, they always meet with a psychologist who walks them through the experience.

“They have to make sure we haven’t scarred them for life,” as Mark Cuban says.

Hugh Jackman Reveals How He Keeps His Marriage Strong After 21 Years

It’s hard to believe that true love exists in Hollywood when break-ups happen more than marriages.

But despite all the relationship drama we read about in the tabloids, there are a number of couples whose relationships have gone the distance. One such pairing is actor Hugh Jackman and his wife of more than two decades, actress Deborra-Lee Furness.

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Jackman and Furness’s love story started all the way back in 1995 on the set of the Australian television show Correlli. Jackman previously admitted that it was love at first sight despite their 13-year age gap.

“She was the star and I had this major crush on her,” Hugh told Ellen DeGeneres in 2016. “Everyone did. The whole crew had a crush on her and I was so embarrassed by that.”

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Jackman told Town & Country magazine that he knew he wanted to marry Furness, but decided not to “ask her to marry me for six months,” adding, “Then after four months. I thought, that’s the most ridiculous rule!”

They said “I do” the following year in Melbourne. The couple started the process of building a family almost immediately, but after rounds of IVF and two miscarriages, they decided to adopt.

“We thought we’d have a kid or two biologically and then adopt,” the Wolverine star told The Herald Sun. “But when we decided we’d had enough of IVF, we went ahead with adoption.”

The couple now have two kids, son Oscar, 17, and daughter Ava, 12.

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Aside from complications with conceiving, the couple’s relationship has been tested in other ways, but they’ve managed to successfully make it through the “crazy ups and crazy downs” and are still going strong.

“I’m married to the greatest woman alive,” Hugh gushed about his wife on Lorraine. “She’s amazing. We’re best friends, and we share everything. She’s smart.”

During his promotional tour for his latest movie, The Greatest Showman, Jackman once again opened up about his marriage and spilled the secrets to their long-lasting union.

15 Facts Only Marilyn Monroe’s Biggest Fans Will Know

More than 50 years after her tragic death, everything about Marilyn Monroe’s life continues to fascinate her fans.

From her starring roles to her iconic fashion choices, everything about the star’s short life is totally memorable. But unless you’re one of Monroe’s biggest fans, you’ll learn something new about her from this list.

1. Her real name was Norma Jean Baker

While she became a glamorous movie star, Monroe’s early life was anything but charmed. She never knew her father, and her mother was institutionalized. Monroe bounced through 11 sets of foster parents, and married at age 16 to avoid being sent back to an orphanage.

Monroe (and her original brown hair) in her first photo shoot.Wikimedia

Her big break came when she was working in a munitions factory. She was spotted by a photographer the Army’s motion picture unit and asked to star in a photo shoot for them. The rest is history.

2. She wore the most valuable dress over sold

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The dress Monroe wore while famously wishing President Kennedy “Happy Birthday” was just as impressive as her singing. The actress had to be sewn into the skin-tight outfit, which was covered in 2,500 glittering rhinestones.

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The dress sold for $4.8 million, making it the most valuable piece of clothing ever sold. Monroe actually broke her own record, beating the price for her iconic white dress from The Seven Year Itch.

3. She lived with a hidden illness

Monroe was pregnant twice, but never gave birth. Unbeknownst to her fans, she was living with endometriosis, a painful condition that caused the uterine lining to develop outside the uterus.

The actress and her husband Arthur Miller had two unsuccessful pregnancies.The Marilyn Monroe Collection

Monroe suffered from both a miscarriage and an ectopic pregnancy which had to be terminated because of the disease.

4. She made less than her makeup artist while filming Niagara

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The thriller was one of Monroe’s first big parts, but she was still under contract with 20th Century Fox as a stock actor, meaning she was paid the low wages of an extra or bit part actress. Reportedly, her salary for the film actually came in lower than her makeup artist’s.

Talk about being undervalued.

5. She had plastic surgery, but it wasn’t her idea

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One of Monroe’s early agents, Johnny Hyde, decided the actress needed cosmetic surgery to get an edge over her competition. He definitely paid to have her jaw re-shaped, but many believe the actress also had a nose job.

6. She helped kick-start Ella Fitzgerald’s career

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The jazz legend has this to say about Monroe’s impact on her early career, when many nightclubs still refused to hire a black singer:

I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt…it was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the ’50s. She personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him — and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status — that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman — a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.

7. Her most famous scene lead to one of her divorces

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The scene of Monroe enjoying the breeze in The Seven Year Itch is one of Hollywood’s most famous movie scenes, but it caused a big rift between the actress and her then-husband Joe DiMaggio.

The scene was filmed in front of a crowd of extras who whistled and laughed, which upset DiMaggio. The couple got into a fight which turned serious, and Marilyn filed for divorce on the grounds of “intolerable cruelty” soon after.

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Ironically, the scene had to be re-shot anyways because of all the noise the extras were making. But this time it was taped on a closed set.

Audrey Hepburn’s Son Reveals Her Coveted Diet Secrets

When legendary actress  and style icon Audrey Hepburn passed away in 1993, she was survived by her two sons, Sean Ferrer, from her first marriage to Mel Ferrer, and Luca Dotti, whom she had with her second husband, Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti.

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The brothers have since been honoring their famous mother’s legacy in a lot of different ways, including setting up a charity, the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund. They’ve also opened up a few times about what life was like living with the actress, and have often shared some interesting things we would’ve never known otherwise.

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More recently, Dotti has written a cookbook, a tribute to his mother titled Audrey at Home: Memories of My Mother’s Kitchen. In the book, he touches on Hepburn’s favorite healthy foods, her outlook on life, and her best beauty secrets, all of which helped her maintain a youthful appearance up until her death.

Little People, Big World, Bigger Secrets – 10 Things The Roloffs Don’t Want You To Know

Since 2006, we have been on an emotional roller coaster ride with the Roloff family, stars of TLC‘s Little People, Big World.

From weddings, and babies, to a divorce, viewers have been around for countless milestones, and difficult moments. However, there’s still a lot that we don’t know about the Oregon-based family.

Here are 10 things secrets about the Roloffs that they won’t ever tell you:

1. The family was sued by a visitor

According to Radar Online, a woman named Linda Farrall sued the Roloffs in 2009 for negligence after she suffered an injury on the premises during a public tour. She claimed that she racked up $100,000 in medical bills, and that the Roloffs were careless when it came to implementing safety measures around the farm.

The case was eventually dismissed, but Farrall and the Roloffs reached a settlement outside of court.

2. Their neighbors aren’t fans

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Those who watch the show regularly know that the Roloffs own a farm, and it gets very busy year-round. While this is great for the family’s business, it doesn’t sit well with their neighbors, who have complained about the large annoying crowds that the farm draws in. They described Roloff Farm as an “over-priced celebrity-gawk-fest.”

3. Jacob was “forced” to appear on the show

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Jacob, affectionately known as Jake, was only nine-years-old when his family started filming their reality show. The youngest of the family, Jake did not have much of a say when it came to starring on the show, but he has always made it clear in interviews and reports that he did not want to be on TV. He left the show as soon as he turned 18, after refusing to renew his contract with TLC.

“There’s two ways to do the filming thing — one way is through the show, maybe and the other way is through myself and vlogs. It’s just more free doing it myself, I can do anything, I can say anything, I can talk about anything — I can show whatever I want,” Jake explained.

4. He was apparently not getting paid enough

Back in 2015, Jake took to twitter to vent about not getting paid enough by the network. He wrote, “Man I wish it didn’t feel like I was getting f***ed out of the money from the show that was my childhood right now.”

The secrets only get juicier…

Former Top US Officials Warn: “UFOs Are Real”

A team of former high-level government scientists and aerospace officials recently came forward to declare their belief in alien life.

The team is made up of deep space researchers, key members of the Defense for Intelligence, Program Director for Lockheed Martin, and various CIA operatives, all previously employed by the United States government.

Their allegations specifically make mention of unidentified crafts of unknown origin, but all are in agreement that these cases are definitely not human.

The astounding revelations were announced at the launch of To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science, a Public Benefit Corporation that seeks to “advance research into unexplained phenomena and develop related technology” in the areas of Science, Aerospace, and Entertainment.

Their mission objective is first to provide evidence of these unidentified aerial phenomena (UAO) so that all citizens and governments understand the viability of the threats, and next, to develop the technology itself.

In fact, the evidence they are about to present they say is of such clarity and depth that there will no longer exist any doubt of this phenomena…

18 Crazy Disney Park Secrets That Will Leave You Full Of Wonder

10 Not-So-Happy Secrets About The Happiest Place On Earth

We all have happy memories of visiting Disneyland – the “happiest place on earth” – as kids. But when you revisit the park as an adult you pick up on things that you might have missed before.

It turns out the park has a long and surprisingly dark history. Here are 10 examples you won’t read about in any guidebooks:

From the moment you step onto Main Street USA, the park is using a lot of sneaky tricks to play with your mind. Different scents are piped into parks of the park – fresh baked cooks, apple pie, horse manure – to influence your emotions and guide you around the park.

One of the park’s signature tricks is the ride time signs. If you crunch the numbers, these helpful warnings actually advertise the time in line as 1/3 longer so you feel grateful and happily surprised by the time you get to the front. Even the clocks tick more slowly to keep up the illusion.

It turns out Donald Duck is lucky to be around, because Disneyland lost a lot of good ducks in a fiery accident. Disney historian and author David Koenig revealed that Disney engineers had to retool the “Fantasmic!” sound and light show to protect the park’s feathered residents.

The show’s finale involves the dragon from Cinderella setting the Rivers of America on fire. “What they quickly discovered when they first had the show was that the ducks that liked to hang out on the river were being cooked,” Koenig said. Today, the rivers “bubble” before the fire-breathing scene to scare ducks away.

By the official count, 9 people have lost their lives inside the park, usually because they didn’t follow directions on rides. A surprising number of the deaths involved guests trying to jump between the People Movers, and another person was hit in the head by the Sailing Ship Columbia when a rope holding it in place broke.

Disney World has had its share of tragedies as well. A little boy was famously eaten by an alligator at Disney’s Grand Floridian resort in 2016. Another guest died in 1980 after catching a brain-eating parasite from the waters of Disney World’s River Country attraction, which originally used un-chlorinated water.

While no guests have met their doom while riding in a Doom Buggy, it’s safe to say the popular attraction has its fair share of spirits. That’s because the grisly ride has become a popular final resting place for serious Disney fans. There have been a number of reports of guests pouring out their loved one’s ashes while on the ride.

The morbid tradition is so common that the ride’s staff will actually warn you not to pour out any remains as you board. In case you were curious, it’s illegal to dump ashes on private property, including theme parks.

A handful of attractions at the park have been removed for being too adult…