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…
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…
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…
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…
Malaysia has chicken beauty pageants where chickens are judged on their appearance, confidence, and style. Prizes for winning can be as high as $10,000. rojakdaily.com/entertainm…
Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Potts) from Beauty and the Beast (1991) sang β€œTale as old as time” in a single take after being initially against it because she thought her β€œaging singing voice” wasn’t suited for the song. insider.com/angela-lansbu…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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/…
Today I learned of the Beauty and the Beast character Monsieur Toilette, who was flushed from the final edit of the film ew.com/movies/2017/06/01/…
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…
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…
Today I learned about the term β€œbeauty work”, referring to the post production special effects that are used in movie, television, and music industries to make performers look younger and more attractive. vulture.com/2016/03/speci…
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…
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…
A rare 400-year-old shimpaku tree, which was due to be entered in a Japanese beauty competition, was stolen from a roughly 5,000 hectare park run by a fifth generation bonsai master whose family practice dates back to the Edo period (1603-1868) cnn.com/2019/02/11/asia/j…
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…
As women enter middle age, they experience a rapid decline in facial attractiveness (regardless of cultural beauty standards) as compared to their male counterparts which scientists believe mirrors their quickly diminishing fertility. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
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…
A pupil in Andrea del Verrocchio's workshop, Leonardo da Vinci was asked to paint an angel in his work, The Baptism of Christ. Verrocchio, on seeing the beauty of the angel that his young pupil had painted, never painted again. wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ba…
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…
The song played at the end of Disney's Sleeping Beauty was the official anthem of France between 1815 and 1830 (Bourbon Restoration). "Le retour des Princes Français à Paris" was composed by Tchaikovsky and is based on an old popular French song. youtu.be/kTz3FbXbfTQ
Today I learned about HERA, a telescope searching for the oldest stars in the universe, from a period known as the Cosmic Dark Ages. And it is built from stuff you could buy at any local hardware store. "This is the beauty of low frequency radio astronomy: one doesn’t need custom, expensive hardware." supercluster.com/editoria…
In 1625, a restoration of the Sistine Chapel was carried out by Simone Lagi, the "resident gilder", who wiped the ceiling with linen cloths and cleaned it by rubbing it with bread. His report states that the frescoes "were returned to their previous beauty without receiving any harm". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
In the poster for the movie 'American Beauty' the hand model was Christina Hendricks cnn.com/2019/08/23/entert…
Today I learned about the Montreal Botanical Garden, a historic garden in Quebec, Canada that is considered one of the most important botanical gardens in the world due to the extent of its collections and facilities in addition to its natural beauty. publicgardens.org/about-p…
Noah Webster thought "Beauty" should be pronounced "Booty" (From his 1828 dictionary and Bill Bryson's The Mother Tongue) webstersdictionary1828.co…
Empress Irene of the Byzantine Empire, among other things, became empress by winning a beauty contest, after her husband died became the first empress to rule in her own right in Byzantine History, and blinded her own son in order to retain power. ancient.eu/Empress_Irene/
Today I learned about a beauty contest held in Singapore in 1998, which awarded 60% of the marks for knowledge of the internet. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/scien…
Howard Ashman co-wrote songs for Disney Renaissance films The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin while dying of complications from AIDS. Beauty’s dedication reads: β€œTo our friend Howard, who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul, we will be forever grateful.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How…
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…
Three "spec scripts" -- an unsolicited screenplay written in hopes it will be eventually purchased by a film studio -- have gone on to win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay: Thelma & Louise (1990), Good Will Hunting (1994), and American Beauty (1998). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
Disney CEO Eisner presided over a β€œgolden age” when Disney produced such blockbuster films as Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King and became a merchandising powerhouse. But in 2004, 43 percent of the voting shareholders expressed their lack of confidence in Eisner and made him resign history.com/this-day-in-h…
The reason we put candles on cakes originated with the Greeks offering moon shaped cakes to the lunar goddess Artemis. To create the radiance of the moon and her perceived beauty, Greeks lit candles and put them on cake for a glowing effect. huffpost.com/us/entry/us_…
Despite being synonymous with Italian cuisine, tomatoes were not incorporated into the Italian diet until the late 17th or early 18th century. The earliest mention of a tomato in Italy was in 1548, but the view was that they "were to be sought only for their beauty" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…

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