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Here's The Weird List Of Stuff Facebook Thinks About You

You'll probably be pretty surprised.

Posted on December 3, 2015, at 12:01 p.m. ET

Ever wonder WHY you get certain weird Facebook ads?

Facebook has been keeping tabs on you (shocker!), and it has a list of things you're interested in so that advertisers can target people with those specific interests. It also allows you to see that list (aka "preferences") and even edit it.

But it's a little tricky to find, so here's an easy walk-through. I guarantee you'll find something in your list that is totally weird and inexplicable.

First, go into "Settings" (at the top right corner), then into "Ads."

Then click "Edit" on the part that says "Ads based on my preferences."

Go into your Ad Preferences.

You'll see a bunch of different categories. Most people will have hundreds of "preferences."

You'll notice that a lot of these "preferences" are really, really........... weird.

There are categories like "Stalking"

And under foods, "Plant life-form"

Here are just some of the things that BuzzFeed staffers found listed in their "preferences":

Hans Zimmer



Vegetable Oil





Away from family

Away from hometown

Planking (fad)


Types of Business entity

Dundee United F.C. *(a small Scottish soccer team)

Gray wolf





birth without fear


Tins and shades

Black culture

System of a Down discography

Bark (sound)


Vulture (animal)

Technology late adopters

First baseman

Professional wrestling holds


Oriental Orthodoxy


Time *(under the "Travel, Places, and Events" section)




Housemate-based Households

Relationship status: single



Lorry driver

Rings of Saturn



Good news: If you want to get rid of these, you can by hovering over and then clicking the X.

Hopefully now I won't be targeted by ads for my interest in.........toilet?

Bad news is there are HUNDREDS of these, and you have to X out of each one manually. Of course, even if you do delete them all, Facebook will swap in new ones later.

If you found any particularly weird things in your preferences, let us know!

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.