#lifehacks & the Truth about Disney

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The Truth about Disney World, from Goofy

There’s usually some “uncomfortable truth” about virtually every TV network, toy company, or other brands we enjoyed as kids.

In this Reddit AMA, a guy who used to dress up in a Goofy suit at Disney world talks about what it’s actually like behind-the-scenes. And there are some parts that aren’t as magical as you might have thought.

One of the hardest things to realize is that Disney is a real business, and has to act that way. There was one Reddit user asked, “Is the Disney Corporation really as cold-heartedly capitalist as the adult me has been lead to believe?”

Turns out that all the Disney characters are held accountable to see as many families as possible, and the most “efficient” use of time was to spend under 30 seconds to see a family of four. Goofy said he turned into an autograph machine towards the end.

The funniest part of the AMA was why he left his job. Apparently he got into an all out brawl with Donald Duck and started dragging him across the floor in front of a little kid. Disney didn’t like that, so they fired him.

You can check out the entire AMA here.


Most of us have enough problems and responsibilities to deal with as it is. Here are a few uncommon life hacks that can make your life a bit easier day to day.

    • An air freshener for your dorm: If your dorm room starts to smell, tape a dryer sheet over your AC and turn it on. That way, you can get rid of the smell without any sprays that feel really strong on your nose.


    • A free iPhone speaker: If you’re 1) broke, and 2) have a few extra toilet paper rolls laying around, you might just be able to make yourself an iPhone speaker.


  • Upgrade your Nutella: Throw some ice cream in your jar of Nutella. Your life will never be the same.

You can check out the rest of the list here.

Not your usual Christmas music…

Every year, it feels like the same old songs are on repeat over and over again. We all love the holidays, but nobody wants to hear Jingle Bells by Michael Bublé ten times a day for the entire month.

Here are a few fun, lesser known Christmas songs you can play over the next few weeks:

  • Please Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk this Christmas) by the Decemberists: Everybody loves a song that sounds happy but is actually extremely sad when you read the lyrics
  • I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day by Johnny Cash: This song was a huge hit back in the 1960s. Even though Johnny Cash isn’t all that obscure, it’s still a good alternative to the “usual suspects” list of Christmas songs.
  • 10,000 Watts by Crystal Antlers: It’s always fun when you come across a rock band playing Christmas music. This will make your playlist a bit more interesting.

You can check out the entire list here.

Woulda, coulda, shoulda…

Think back to when you were 10 or 11 years old. What sort of things did you worry about then? What did you feel anxious about? Chances are, you’d laugh at most of those things now because of how small and insignificant they were.

That’s how most people who are 30+ years old view their 20s. Most of the things you’re stressing out about right now (i.e. getting a better job right out of school than your friends, making as much money as possible, etc) will practically not matter at all in 10 years.

Even though it doesn’t seem like it.

But there are some things that do matter — there are things that people don’t realize are actually important until much later.

On Quora, somebody asked the question, “What’s one thing you wish you had done in your 20s?” People wish they had:

  • “Started traveling earlier or went on gap year”
  • “Learned more ways to get income instead of only from my day job, saved up more for my goals — not waste money on buying unnecessary gifts.”
  • “Explored more and challenged myself to try new things, like hiking, rock climbing, dance classes, yoga, etc and stayed with them.”
  • “Joined Toastmasters to build up my public speaking skills and confidence.”

You can check out the other answers on the question thread here.

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