Ninety-one years after The Walt Disney Company was founded on October 16, 1923, there are probably very few people in the world who don't know a Disney character or movie.

Disney has infiltrated pop culture and society, and has influenced technology and music so successfully it's almost impossible to escape. However, for all its success the House of Mouse also a bit of a weird history.

Check out these five surprising facts you might not have known about Disney:

1. Employees had to wear communal underwear.... and it was filthy

It might be hard to believe, but for a long time any employee who dressed up as Goofy, Pluto, and Mickey Mouse had to wear company issue underwear. The reason? Said undergarments could get bunched up and be visible through the costume.


Beneath the magic... smelly underwear

While wearing communal underwear is pretty weird at the best of times, the problem with Disney's batch of Y-fronts was that they were often dirty and smelly - in fact cases of unfortunate employees contracting pubic lice and scabies were not uncommon.

Luckily, the times were a changin' and the workers union reached an agreement with Disney in 2001, which stipulated that although they must continue wearing communal underwear, they were now allowed to take it home and wash it themselves.

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