Some of the creepiest and coolest things in the Efteling theme park in Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands are the talking trash-eaters, known as Gijs. They suck down any trash you put into their mouths, and then thank you for feeding them. It’s a brilliant way to reduce litter in the park, but everything about them, from their weird voices to their distorted faces is … off.
I’m a little obsessed with them, so when I was there in October, I decided to find every trash-eater in the park and shove paper into all of their mouths!
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bestselling author of “The Dark Side of Disney”, the Anarchist Cookbook of Disney travel guides. He’s lived in Baltimore for over 15 years, and enjoys drinking craft beer in unique places, eating nachos and pizza, listening to 80s hair metal, and arguing about Star Trek minutia, often all at the same time. Watch out ladies!