Want to Wipe Your Streaming History on Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and Amazon? Here’s How

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Whether you've spent 12 straight hours watching Friends, re-watched all of The Office for the fifth time, or gotten embarrassingly into baking shows, you may not want a permanent record of your streaming history. All major streaming platforms—including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube—keep track of every show, movie, and video you watch. That's the reason you get bombarded with suggestions of serial killers documentaries after watching the first two minutes of a true crime show. If you find this feature more annoying than helpful—or if you would just like to hide a specific part of your viewing history—nearly every streaming service offers a way to do that.

Thrillist compiled a round-up of the simplest ways to hide what you watch online. According to them, Netflix doesn't just let you wipe your viewing history, but it allows you to select certain shows and movies to hide. If you head to netflix.com/WiViewingActivity, you'll see a chronological list of every piece of content you've watched through the service. If you watched The Conjuring (2013) recently but aren't interested in recommendations of more horror movies, you can select the "cancel" icon to the right of the title. Do the same for certain titles you'd like to erase from your profile, or for all of them by clicking "Hide All" at the bottom of the page.

YouTube also makes it easy to edit your history. Just click the "X" next to each video listed on youtube.com/feed/history to hide it, or select "Clear All Watch History" from the column on the right side of the page. The "Pause Watch History" is YouTube's equivalent of incognito mode in your browser, and it allows you to surf videos without worrying about messing with the algorithm.

Hulu's viewing history management feature is similar to the services listed above. Visit secure.hulu.com/account, go to your name in the top right corner of the page, select “History” and edit your history from there.

Amazon makes this process slightly more annoying for users, according to Cordcutters. You can view your Amazon Prime Video viewing history by going to the "Improve Your Recommendations" page here, and you can delete entries individually by selecting, "Remove This From Watched Videos," but there's no way to wipe your history all at once. Amazon also gives you to the option to tick a "Don't Use for Recommendations" box next to each title if you want to remove an item from the algorithm without hiding it completely.

Many subscribers don't do much on their favorite streaming platforms beyond hitting "Play" and "Yes, I'm still watching." But if you know what features are available to you, you can tweak your account to make a streaming experience that's tailored to you. Here are some ingenious Netflix hacks you may not be taking advantage of.

[h/t Thrillist]

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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The Psychological Tricks Disney Parks Use to Make Long Wait Times More Bearable

© Jorge Royan, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0
© Jorge Royan, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0

No one goes to Disneyland or Disney World to spend the day waiting in line, but when a queue is well-designed, waiting can be part of the experience. Disney knows this better than anyone, and the parks' Imagineers have developed several tricks over the years to make long wait times as painless as possible.

According to Popular Science, hacking the layout of the line itself is a simple way to influence the rider's perspective. When a queue consists of 200 people zig-zagging around ropes in a large, open room, it's easy for waiting guests to feel overwhelmed. This design allows riders to see exactly how many people are in line in front of them—which isn't necessarily a good thing when the line is long.

Imagineers prevent this by keeping riders in the dark when they enter the queue. In Space Mountain, for example, walls are built around the twisting path, so riders have no idea how much farther they have to go until they're deeper into the building. This stops people from giving up when they first get in line.

Another example of deception ride designers use is the "Machiavellian twist." If you've ever been pleasantly surprised by a line that moved faster than you expected, that was intentional. The signs listing wait times at the beginning of ride queues purposefully inflate the numbers. That way, when a wait that was supposed to be 120 minutes goes by in 90, you feel like you have more time than you did before.

The final trick is something Disney parks are famous for: By incorporating the same level of production design found on the ride into the queue, Imagineers make waiting in line an engaging experience that has entertainment value of its own. The Tower of Terror queue in Disney World, which is modeled after a decrepit 1930s hotel lobby down to the cobwebs and the abandoned coffee cups, feels like it could be a movie set. Some ride lines even use special effects. While waiting to ride Star Wars: Ride of the Resistance in Galaxy's Edge, guests get to watch holograms and animatronics that set up the story of the ride. This strategy exploits the so-called dual-task paradigm, which makes the line feel as if it's going by faster by giving riders mental stimulation as they wait.

Tricky ride design is just one of Disney's secrets. Here are more behind-the-scenes facts about the beloved theme parks.

[h/t Popular Science]