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Jacob Shelton
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Growing up, most of your time is spent in an idyllic bubble made of ice cream and puppies. And unless you lived in a Dickensian wasteland, your childhood was probably pretty good. If, like many, you spent your formative years in the '90s, you not only had access to great Disney films, but there were teenage turtles who were also mutants AND ninjas. There was also a glut of life affirming movies featuring teen geniuses who were wise beyond their years. But like that gross ear in Blue Velvet, this list is here to pull back the curtain of your beatific childhood and reveal the dark secrets that bubbled beneath your favorite pieces of pop culture. These hard facts might not be fun to learn, but knowledge is power, people.

Whether you grew up on classic children's fairy tales, or the stories created by the Disney Corporation, you were definitely lied to. The disturbing facts on this list are sure to make you look back on your childhood in a new light. From where Air Bud is today, to the disturbing minds of Lewis Carroll, Walt Disney, AND the guy who directed The Wizard of Oz, it turns out that the bliss of childhood wasn't so blissful after all.

So be the adult you are today and face the facts behind your childhood favorite movies, TV shows, stories, and fairy tales with this list. Upvote the most interesting facts below that totally ruin your memories of being a kid and try not to think about what that little piggy was doing at the market for the rest of your life.
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Flipper Committed Suicide

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As anyone who's seen Blackfish knows, trained aquatic animals don't receive the best treatment. And as you can imagine, it was harder to monitor animal treatment in the '60s than it is now.

Kathy, one of the dolphins that played Flipper, killed herself, allegedly due to her treatment. Kathy's trainer, Richard O'Barry, maintains that she killed herself because of the conditions of her captivity.

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The Cowardly Lion Is Made of Actual Lion

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In an effort to make The Wizard of Oz look as real as possible, the Cowardly Lion costume, worn by Bert Lahr, was made of actual lionSeveral versions of the costume were constructed, which means multiple lions gave their lives for your childhood.
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Sleeping Beauty's Creepy Origins

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In the original tale of Sleeping Beauty by Giambattista Basile, a king happens to walk by Sleeping Beauty's castle and knock on the door. When no one answers, he climbs up a ladder through a window. When she doesn't wake up, he rapes her and leaves. She only awakens after she gives birth because one of her twins sucks the flax (from the spindle) out of her finger.

The King returns and despite all the rape, they fall in love. BUT THEN his wife (YUP) finds out and not only tries to have the twins killed, cooked, and fed to the king, but also tries to burn the princess at the stake. 

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Ducky from Land Before Time Died Before You Even Saw the Movie

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The original voice of Ducky, Judith Barsi (who also voiced Anne-Marie in All Dogs Go to Heaven) never lived to see her work become a success. She and her mother, Maria, lived a life full of physical and mental abuse at the hands of her father, József, who would regularly threaten to kill his wife, his daughter, and himself. He eventually followed through on his threats on July 25, 1988, shooting both Judith (then only 10 years old) and Maria. He then set the bodies on fire before killing himself.
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