16 Crazy Things You Didn't Know About The Bachelor

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Ever wonder how things work behind the scenes on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette... or maybe how much of it is actually staged?

Well, we've got a few answers that will most certainly surprise even longtime, card-carrying members of Bachelor Nation.

Here are 16 crazy things that you never knew about The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and their cast of characters ...

1. The Contestants Do Their Own Cooking and Laundry

The Contestants Do Their Own Cooking and Laundry
You might imagine that staying in the Bachelor Mansion is a luxury, but the contestants not only lack total privacy, they're also responsible for their own cooking, laundry, etc. This is not a lavish lifestyle they're living.

2. The Ladies Buy Their Own Dresses

The Ladies Buy Their Own Dresses
Those beautiful dresses aren't provided to the ladies by ABC. The women have to bring their own, with the exception of the dresses the final two contestants wear in the finale. It goes both ways, too. On The Bachelorette, the guys are expected to come prepared with suits for each rose ceremony.

3. Contestants are Screened for STDs

Contestants are Screened for STDs
Yep, each contestant on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette is apparently screened for STDs, which, on some level, probably makes sense. Oh, and they all have to get a psychological health screening too...

4. The Food is Not For Eating

The Food is Not For Eating
Ever notice how those one-on-one dinners leave out the part where each person takes a bite of food? That's because they don't. Instead, each person eats at a hotel before the dinner.

5. A Real Family Lives in the Bachelor Mansion

A Real Family Lives in the Bachelor Mansion
When The Bachelor isn't being filmed at the mansion, a family of four lives there. They pack up their stuff and leave twice a year for 42 days, while a new set of hopefuls come in to take over the space.

6. One Month

One Month
Each season might seem like it spans over a lengthy period of time, especially since someone is proposing marriage at the end of the whole thing, but actually, it only takes about a month to film.

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The Bachelor Quotes

There’s still a lot of growing to do in our relationship. We will not tie the knot until I am mentally and physically prepared as well as Matt.

Shayne Lamas

It was a fairytale proposal like I’ve always dreamed about. I forgot that there [were] cameras around. In that moment, it was just Matt and I and it was the most amazing moment of my entire life.

Shayne Lamas [on proposal by Matt Grant]