Amusement parks are generally viewed as cheerful, happy places—but if you look below the bright and colorful surface, you’ll often find something a little spookier. For example, there are loads of haunted theme park attractions in the world—or at least, allegedly haunted attractions. Many of these ghost stories are just that—stories—but sometimes, there’s a kernel of truth to be found there, too.
From the aliens of Toy Story to The Flintstones’ Great Gazoo, images of extraterrestrial beings—no matter how wide and varied they might be—often have one thing in common: Their bright green color. But why do we call aliens “little green men” at all? Why have we so frequently imagined them as that single shade for so long? The answer, it turns out, is more complicated than you might think.
For more than 50 years, something curious awaited people adventurous enough to visit the Mojave National Preserve in San Bernardino County, California: a solitary phone booth positioned in the middle of the desert. It worked, too—and although the Mojave phone booth, as it was called, went largely unnoticed for most of its lifetime, the last few years of its existence brought with them a notoriety the likes of which most telecommunications devices can only dream. (Insofar as machines are capable of dreaming, that is.)
The Disney parks have been marketed and designed to be family-friendly since the very beginning—but in the early days of the first of these parks—Anaheim’s Disneyland Park in California—ideas as to what constituted a family-friendly environment differed in many ways. Tobacco? A-OK. But alcohol? Heck no. Fancy underthings, though? Perfectly fine! Accordingly, the shops that peppered the Main Street, U.S.A. section of the park reflected these ideas—which is how there ended up being an intimate apparel shop in Disneyland. Sure, it was only there briefly; but despite its short tenure, this store has become one of the most fabled parts of early Disneyland history. After all, it’s difficult to forget a shop whose robotic mascot was actually called the “Wonderful Wizard of Bras.”
You might be familiar with the phrase “A very merry unbirthday to you”—but what is an unbirthday, exactly? Well, they’re absolutely worth celebrating, for one thing—and if you haven’t been observing your own thus far, this may just convince you to start doing so.