Henry VIII wanted to cancel his wedding with Anne of Cleves because he found her extremely ugly. He felt he was bamboozled by his advisors, who greatly exaggerated her beauty and brought him portraits of her that looked nothing like the real Anne in order to get him to agree to the marry her en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
The hand holding the rose for the "American Beauty" movie poster belongs to Christina Hendricks time.com/5659726/christin…
The 1877 novel Black Beauty, now considered a children's classic, was written for adults by author Anna Sewell to highlight the problem of animal abuse and was subtitled "The Autobiography of a Horse." Ironically, Sewell was an invalid at the time and could not ride herself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Ruthie Tompson, one of the animators of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Fantasia, and Sleeping Beauty, is still alive. She is 110 years old en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rut…
Composer Franz Liszt's hotness is a matter of historical record. Such was his beauty, talent and benevolence, the Hungarian pianist was said to bring about states of 'mystical ecstasy' and 'asphyxiating hysteria' in his fans. Many doctors felt he posed a public health risk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned of Stendhal Syndrome, an overwhelming, heart-racing ecstasy that occurs when exposed to art works of great beauty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Today I learned of the Helen, a unit of measurement based on Helen of Troy. She was known as "the face that launched a thousand ships", therefore 1 milliHelen is the amount of beauty needed to launch a single ship. The negative Helen is the power to beach ships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
A dozen camels were disqualified from a Saudi beauty contest over Botox injections npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Today I learned of Cymburga, a 15th Century Polish princess who became the female ancestor of all later Habsburgs. She was "renowned both for her beauty and for her ability to drive nails into oak planks with her bare fists." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cym…
The reason why Ancient Greek male statues are depicted with small penises is because they were symbolic to the ideals of male beauty at that time; youthfulness, strength and modesty. Large penises were considered to be vulgar and were associated with savages and evil spirits. theguardian.com/artanddes…
The first self-made black female millionaire of America was Madam C. J. Walker whose both parents were enslaved. After experiencing hair loss herself she created the "Walker system" which involved scalp preparation, lotions and iron combs. Her saleswomen were called "beauty culturalists". history.com/topics/black-…
The Griswold's home in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is the same home from American Beauty filmoblivion.com/2019/01/…
There is a town in Nevada nicknamed β€œThe Armpit of America.” Old Spice used to sponsor an armpit beauty pageant contest there. elkodaily.com/news/local/…
Today I learned about Sleeping Beauty Syndrome, an extremely rare illness, which causes episodes of being mostly asleep for weeks at a time. If awake during an episode, sufferers are confused about what is real and what is a dream. The condition appears in adolescence and resolves itself 10-15 years later. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
Former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il had blonde Swedish prostitutes flown in to Pyongyang for his use, and injected himself with the blood of virgins to stay young. When travelling by train to Moscow, Kim drank champagne with a bevy of young women of the "utmost beauty and intelligence" independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Evelyn Nesbit, dubbed 'the world's first supermodel' was one of the most sough after women for her rare beauty and would later be known for her involvement in a deadly love triangle between railroad scion Harry Kendall Thaw and architect Stanford White, which resulted in White's murder by Thaw en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve…
During the 1930-40s, "pretty ankle" contests were held as part of beauty pageants. Contestants were concealed behind a curtain, with only their ankles exposed for evaluation. Often, these shows served as promotions for hosiery companies, with winners receiving free stockings from the sponsors mashable.com/2015/10/12/a…
Germany's Neuschwanstein Castle served as an inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neu…
Beauty and the Beast was written in 1740 as a critique of the forced marriages between 13-15 yr old girls to adult men common at the time. Later versions shifted the emphasis to teach young girls "good manners and how to deal with the idea of marrying young and being in an arranged marriage." glamour.com/story/the-rea…
Producer Jeffrey Katzenberg revived Walt Disney Studios by many of their biggest hits: The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. After these he requested a promotion, and was then abruptly fired by them. He then swore revenge against Disney and founded Dreamworks. hollywoodreporter.com/fea…
Adonis, the Greek god of beauty and lust was a product of incest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
Disney Recycled Movie Scenes. Examples: Robin Hood, The Jungle Book, Winnie the Pooh, The Sword the n the Stone, Beauty and the Beast... screenrant.com/disney-mov…
Cleopatras' fame as a beautiful seductive master was entirely made by Octavian as a way of explaining how this foreign queen managed to seduce two of Rome's most powerful men, while being described as a beauty, she was best known for her intelligence and charm. ancientworldmagazine.com/…
That, in 2009, that largest home in Los Angeles County was Spelling Manor, a 73,500 sq ft mansion that included a swimming pool, a tennis court, a bowling alley, a beauty salon, three rooms just for wrapping gifts, and a doll museum with over 1,000 dolls on display. people.com/celebrity/go-i…
Today I learned about Petrus Gonsalvus (Pedro Gonzales) 1537-1618. He was a man with hypertrichosis universalis causing hair to grow all over his body. His life might have been the inspiration for Beauty and the Beast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Natalie Wood’s mother had her fortune read by a gypsy. The gypsy stated that her second child β€œwould be a great beauty, known throughout the world.” She also told Maria (Natalie’s mother) to β€œbe aware of dark water”. Natalie Wood would later die by drowning, but her death remains a mystery. townandcountrymag.com/soc…
From 1967 to 1979, the United States House of Representatives had a committee regarding the operations of a Beauty Shop. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Today I learned about Kintsugi, a Japanese art form in which broken bowls are repaired with gold. The gold signifies the beauty of repairing things after they are broken. nbcnews.com/better/health…
Uguisu no fun is a traditional facial beauty product that has been used in Japan since ancient times to whiten skin, particular by Geishas. It is nightingale poop en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ugu…
In 1990, Katya Mayorova was crowned as "Miss KGB", the world's only holder of a security services beauty title. She was described as "wearing her bulletproof vest with an exquisite softness", with one of her many charms "her ability to deliver a karate kick to her enemy's head" rbth.com/history/332286-m…
Today I learned about the celebration of Neewollah (Halloween spelled backwards) in Independence, Kansas. Originally started to provide alternative activities for children instead of Halloween pranks it evolved into a 10 day celebration consisting of parades, a carnival, a beauty pageant, and a musical. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nee…
Billions of cockroaches are being farmed in China to solve urban waste, provide medicinal treatment, develop beauty products, and feed livestock. One particular company has raised over six billion and prevents their escape by surrounding them in a moat filled with fish. businessinsider.com/chine…
Pomegranates have diverse cultural-religious significance, as a symbol of life and fertility owing to their many seeds but also as a symbol of power (imperial orb), blood and death. Pomegranates already symbolised fertility, beauty and eternal life, in Greek and Persian mythology. alimentarium.org/en/knowl…
Justin Timberlake got the inspiration for NSYNC's song "Gone" when Britney Spears (his girlfriend at the time) spent longer at the beauty salon than he had expected. youtu.be/OfrIGMRNwBk?t=18…
The story of Jack and the Beanstalk is believed to be over 5,000 years old. Rumpelstiltskin and Beauty and the Beast are thought to be around 4,000 years old. theguardian.com/books/201…
Between 2008 and 2017 monobloc plastic chairs were banned from public spaces in Basel to "preserve the beauty of cityscape". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Anna Hall Roosevelt, mother of Eleanor Roosevelt, was described as a celebrated beauty. Anna was somewhat ashamed of her daughter's plainness and nicknamed Eleanor "Granny", due to the child's serious demeanor en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
Danny DeVito used worked as a hair dresser in his sister's beauty shop for six months when he was just 19. The salon was at a central place in New Jersey and he loved the female attention, though eventually decided he is better off moving to Manhattan and trying to find an acting gig. theguardian.com/film/2012…
Today I learned about Beauty, a Bald Eagle whose beak was shot off by a hunter. Bird sanctuary workers 3D-printed a prosthetic beak for her until her actual beak grew back. birdsandblooms.com/birdin…
The psychedelic furs song β€œPretty in Pink” inspired the 80’s cult classic of the same name. But, the song is not about a dress, it refers to the beauty of the nude female body. The popularity of the song with young girls alienated the band’s older fan base. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
American Beauty actor, Thora Birch's, parents are former porn stars who both appeared in the iconic adult film Deep Throat. They also serve as her business managers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
A six-year-old named Elaine Esposito went to the hospital for a routine appendectomy. She went under general anesthetic and never came out. Dubbed "The Sleeping Beauty" Esposito stayed in a coma for 37 years and 111 days before succumbing in 1978. The longest-ever coma. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ela…
Today I learned about the Gallery of Beauties, a collection of paintings of the most beautiful women from MΓΌnchen, Germany between 1827 and 1850. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gal…
Today I learned about notable female samurai Tomoe Gozen, from the late 12th century, who served under Minamoto no Yoshinaka. She was recorded as remarkable for her beauty and deadliness. Surviving the Genpei War and initial conflicts that lead to the first Shogunate she lived until the age of 90. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
Mary Costa, voice of Princess Aurora in Disney's Sleeping Beauty, was also was an opera singer who performed in 44 operatic roles on stages throughout the United States and Europe during her career d23.com/walt-disney-legen…
In the 50s and 60s, American chiropractors held a series of rather unusual beauty pageants where contestants were judged and winners picked not only by their apparent beauty and poise, but also their standing posture (backed with X-rays of their spines, of course). chiro.org/wordpress/2014/…
Winston Churchill was half American. His mother, Jennie Jerome of Brooklyn, New York, later Lady Randolph Churchill, was a noted beauty of her day winstonchurchill.org/reso…
JPL and NASA held beauty pageants for female employees in the 50’ and 60’s. Winners were given the title Miss Guided Missile, later changed to Queen of Outer Space. pillownaut.com/beauty/pag…
Henry VIII never had sex with his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, because he believed that she had a β€œbad” appearance. He later complained that he had been misled by people about her looks and a court painting had exaggerated her beauty. The marriage was later annulled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
Teeth blackening, a custom of dyeing one's teeth black, is usually done during puberty. It was primarily done to preserve the teeth into old age, as it prevents tooth decay similar to the mechanism of modern dental sealants. It was seen as a sign of maturity, beauty, and of civilization. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tee…

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