Is there a more iconic magazine than that of Playboy? If there is, I’ve yet to find it. Even as a kid who thought girls suffered from a strange disease known as “cooties,” I still knew what Playboy was and just how much many people loved it. But despite how internationally popular the publication is, there is still lots of mystery revolving around its headquarters, known simply as “The Playboy Mansion.”

People dream of living in the same house as Hugh Hefner, but in reality we basically don’t know anything about it! Here are a few quick facts.

 

1. It has its own zoo license.

In fact, it is one of the only residential properties in LA that has such a license.

2. It isn’t as wild as most people think.

Sure, we always hear about the epic parties thrown at the mansion, but rumor has it that the entire property is usually pretty quiet.

3. It wasn’t always owned by Hefner.

Originally, the mansion was owned by a NASA employee Louis D. Statham who was also an acclaimed chess player. Hefner purchased the mansion for $1 million in 1971.

4. There is a secret Elvis room.

Apparently there is a secluded room where the King used to spend many nights. However, this room is very rarely seen, making it all the more mysterious.

5. The grotto isn’t very clean.

Apparently the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health discovered several harmful bacteria in the grotto area of the mansion back in 2011.

6. The Playmates have to follow some pretty strict rules.

Apparently they have a curfew of 9 p.m. and are often not allowed to have guests over. They are also granted an allowance of $1,000 each week.

7. At one point, the carpets in Hefner’s bedroom hadn’t been changed in years.

8. Some pretty big celebrities have been banned from the mansion.

Luke Wilson was once banned for over a year after he tried to sneak a friend into the mansion with him.

9. There were rumors of secret tunnels.

Many believe that underground tunnels were built so that frequent celebrity guests could get to the mansion from their homes without being disturbed.

10. It is the only home in LA to have a permanent fireworks permit.

They can light off some fireworks whenever they feel like it.

11. Apparently it’s incredibly dirty.

In her book, former Playmate Izabella St. James says that the mansion is occupied with a lot of broken furniture and stained carpeting and mattresses.

12. Rumor has it that John Lennon once vandalized the mansion’s artwork.

The story goes that Lennon took one of the original Matisse paintings off the wall and put out his cigarette on it.

source: diply