We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the weirdest, darkest facts they know that are guaranteed to ruin your childhood. Here are the wild results.
1.Big Bird almost joined NASA’s Challenger mission “to encourage kids to get interested in space.” Had the plan been followed through, millions of kids would have watched Big Bird and the spacecraft explode live on TV.
2.Judith Barsi, who played Ducky in The Land Before Time and Anne-Marie in All Dogs Go to Heaven, was shot in the head and killed by her abusive father when she was 10.
3.Both Susan Olsen (Cindy from The Brady Bunch) and Jaimee Foxworth (Judy from Family Matters) worked in porn.
4.Bobby Driscoll, who provided the voice for Disney’s Peter Pan and also served as the model for the character, died penniless, unclaimed, and unidentified in an abandoned apartment building at the age of 31.
5.David Yost, aka Billy from Power Rangers, was bullied on set by crew members because he was gay, and he later entered conversion therapy.
6.Clara Blandick, who played Auntie Em in The Wizard of Oz, suffered from arthritis that was so painful she committed suicide at the age of 85.
7.It’s been reported that upwards of 20 cats were killed during the filming of The Adventures of Milo and Otis.
8.Dr. Seuss cheated on his wife, Helen Palmer, who was sick with cancer. As a result, she killed herself by overdosing on barbiturates.
9.Disney’s Moana was renamed “Vaiana” in Italy so it wouldn’t be confused with a popular porn star with the same name.
10.MGM Studios starved Judy Garland for years, putting her on a diet of just chicken soup and coffee. They also gave her “pep pills so she could work 72 hours straight and sleeping tablets when they wanted her to rest.”
11.Tim Allen was arrested at an airport in Michigan in 1978 for the possession of nearly 1.5 pounds of cocaine.
12.In reality, John Smith was 28 years old when he first met Pocahontas, a child of literally 10 years old.
13.The teddy bear was named after Theodore Roosevelt because, while on a hunting trip, he refused to shoot a bear that the guides had tied to a tree. Instead, he asked that the injured bear be put down.
14.Ricardo Medina, one of the former red Power Rangers, pleaded guilty to killing his roommate with a sword.
15.The Cowardly Lion costume from The Wizard of Oz was made of real lion hair.
16.O.J. Simpson was almost cast as the Terminator, but James Cameron thought he was “too pleasant” to portray a dark character.
17.Phill Lewis, aka Mr. Moseby from the Disney Channel, was arrested for manslaughter and driving while intoxicated in 1991.
18.The corpses in the pool scene in Poltergeist were actually real dead bodies, and JoBeth Williams, who starred in the scene, wasn’t told until after filming ended.
19.Buddy Ebsen was the original Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz, but the aluminum dust from the makeup nearly killed him, and he was replaced by Jack Haley.
20.Thuy Trang, the original yellow Power Ranger, died in a car accident in 2001 when she was 27.
21.The character of Peter Pan was actually based on creator J.M. Barrie’s 13-year-old brother who cracked his skull and died while ice skating.
22.Matthew Broderick accidentally killed two women in a car crash in Northern Ireland in 1987.
23.And the average lifespan of a lion in the wild is 15 years, so if Simba from The Lion King was real, he probably would have died back in 2009.
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