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The Real Couple Behind Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” Did Not Have A Happy Ending

It wasn’t a fairy tale.

The timeless story of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has been retold, thanks to Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, and of course to the rest of the film crew. But, did you know that this magical story isn’t merely a figment of a storyteller’s imagination? You see, it is based on an actual love story – one that proves beauty is only skin deep.

Meet Pedro Gonzales. Born in Tenerife, Spain in 1537, he did not grow up to be a normal-looking kid. He grew thick hair all over his body, earning him the reputation of being a “wildman,” a creature from European medieval mythology described as ‘half-man and half-animal.’ These wildmen were believed to turn into ferocious beings when the night falls; they sometimes even eat children alive.

Pedro’s story began on the night of King Henry II’s coronation in France during the mid-16th century. He was presented as a gift to the king – a caged “wildman” at the royal’s disposal. His presence caused excitement among all the people present and he was then kept in the castle’s dungeon for observation.

A portrait of Petrus Gonsalvus, painted by an anonymous artist.

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While in the dungeon, doctors and academics examined Pedro and they found out that he was no wild man. He was, in fact, a normal 10-year-old boy with too much body hair – a condition known to us today as congenital hypertrichosis. His condition, which is also called “werewolf syndrome,” was rare, with only about 50 documented cases during the Middle Ages and Pedro being the first.

During that time, people with physical irregularities were perceived as status symbols of the wealthy people than as human beings. Thanks to his condition’s rarity, the king saw Pedro as a prized possession. And, as an experiment, he was educated as a nobleman and was allowed to keep the Latin form of his name – Petrus Gonsalvus. They discovered that Petrus is a fast-learner, being able to master three languages quickly. Eventually, Petrus was able to hold a court position.

Petrus was turned into a nobleman, thanks to the Court's experiment.

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In 1559, King Henry II died due to a jousting injury, leaving behind his widow, Catherine of Medici. Catherine wanted to see if more “wildmen” will be produced if Petrus gets married and has kids so she decided that he should marry. She chose a beautiful woman also named Catherine, daughter of a court servant, to be his wife. Both she and Petrus did not set eyes on each other until the wedding ceremony.

The events of their wedding ceremony remain unknown, but speculations that the Queen’s doctors spied on the couple on their first night remain. Apparently, they wanted to find out if the “Beast” will indeed turn into a beast during sexual intercourse and if he did, if the “Beauty” will be able to survive it.

To everyone’s surprise, “Beauty” ended up falling in love with the “Beast” and the two happily settled into married life. But, the Queen was disappointed when Petrus’ first two sons with Catherine did not inherit their father’s “hairy countenance.” The couple’s succeeding children, two sons and three daughters, inherited the “werewolf syndrome,” though, much to the Queen’s delight.

Petrus married Catherine and they had seven kids, five of which have hypertrichosis.

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Petrus’ family gained more popularity and were allowed to travel around Europe and live with other nobles. They eventually decided to stay in Spain, where they were supported by the Duke of Parma. The Duke allowed Petrus to run an estate within close proximity to Parma. However, his children with hypertrichosis were given as gifts to other well-known families. His daughter, Antonietta, even became a plaything of the Duke’s mistress. It was not easy for the gentle-hearted couple to have their kids sent away and to be treated as objects, but there was nothing that they could do.

Petrus and Catherine finally settled at Lake Bolsena in Capodimonte, Italy, where they spent the final years of their lives in peace. Petrus was known to have attended his grandson’s christening in 1617, then died the following year. Catherine, on the other hand, was said to have died in 1623.

It is just deeply saddening that in spite of being a gentle and loving man and a devoted father, Petrus was denied anointment on his deathbed due to his appearance. This meant that he could not be buried in sacred grounds. Until the end of his life, he was not treated like a human being but more like an animal.

Sadly, the real story behind “Beauty and the Beast” did not have a fairy tale ending.

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Christmas Tree Brows Are Now a Trend, and Here’s How They Do It

Who needs a Christmas Tree when you got brows?

We are only a few days away from Christmas and people have already started shopping stuff together with their families. Others, however, are still decorating their homes. Heck, some of us have even started wrapping gifts. Indeed, it is the season of giving, and we all are ready to celebrate it!

Apparently, though, someone is celebrating the Yuletide season in a very different way. She is, in fact, starting a trend called the Christmas Tree brow. Oh, yes, you read that right. It is all about decorating your brow in the most Christmas way possible. Actually, it is pretty straightforward. Just design your brow like a, well, Christmas Tree. This is thanks to Canadian beauty guru named “taytay_xx,” a beauty blogger who acquired a huge following on social media.

This woman proved to us that you can do just anything with your brows and that they are meant for something bigger. Check out below some of the glorious garlands of women from around the world. We bet you girls will love to try them!

Meet taytay_xx, a beauty blogger who started the Christmas Tree eyebrow trend.

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And here is how she does it.

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Thanks to her, the other ladies jumped on.



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See, it is pretty neat and simple. It is not even going to take much of your time. But hey, if you want, you can check taytay_xx on Instagram. She got some of sickest Christmas Tree Brow designs there.

And, oh, before you go, let us know what you think about this new trend in the comments below!

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Effective Lung-Cleansing Drink That Smokers And Quitters Need To Try

Smokers and quitters can help cleanse their lungs with this easy-to-prepare drink.

Smoking is such a bad habit that’s difficult to break, especially for those who are already used to puffing a couple of sticks for years. In fact, a cigarette is more addictive than heroin or cocaine that a huge percentage of the total tax collected on several countries is represented by its profits.

Although we are already aware of the many harms brought about by cigarette smoking to our health, many of us still continue with the habit. It has already led to millions of deaths of both men and women. Cigarette smoking accounts for 480,000 deaths per year, according to U.S. data. What’s more shocking is that 41,000 of these deaths are from secondhand smoke, and about 16 million of Americans are suffering from a disease caused by smoking.

Cigarette smoking is so addictive that it became a habit for people to puff a stick or more a day.

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Cigarettes have some content that can ease out the stress, and this is probably why a lot of people resort to smoking in times of distress. This isn’t enough reason, though, to sacrifice your health and put at risk those who inhale your smoke. It is still the best idea to quit smoking and try a natural lung-cleansing drink could eliminate all the accumulated nicotine resting inside your air sacs.

We’re all aware though that smoking causes a lot of deadly diseases.

But before we reveal the recipe, looking into the real dangers of smoking cigarettes can be a great way to convince you to drop the habit. Of course, everyone is already aware that several lung diseases are the leading effects of years of smoking, and this includes making your asthma worse. Also, smokers are 12 to 13 times more likely to die from a lung disease than those who are non-smokers.

Respiratory diseases are the most common illnesses caused by cigarette smoking.

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Apart from increasing the chances of both men and women to develop cancer by 25 percent, cigar smoking can also increase their chance of having a stroke. You should also be afraid of developing a heart disease as smoking can cause early cardiovascular diseases.

Smokers who claim to consume less than five sticks a day are not even safe from this deal. Smoking can increase blood pressure too and cause your heart to beat faster. So talk about having a heart attack.

But it can lead to deaths caused by other illnesses.

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Cancer is, of course, a given. Lung cancer, mouth cancer, tongue cancer and cancer of the esophagus are the most common diseases associated with smoking, but cigarettes can cause more damage than you could imagine. Your bladder, blood, stomach, pancreas, kidneys, liver, and cervix among many others are seriously affected when you stay stubborn and continue to smoke.

There are at least 23 known illnesses caused by cigarettes.

Simpler effects are gum diseases and the destruction of your teeth’s enamel that can cause tooth loss. Smoking can also cause weaker bones and higher chances of developing diabetes. Finally, frequent cigarette smoking can cause impotence as it can affect a man’s sperm health. Women, on the other hand, can experience reduced fertility and miscarriage and they there’s also the risk of birth defects.

So before you start getting any of those illnesses, you should try dropping out the habit.

Smoking can definitely destroy a life. It will be hard to break the habit but smokers should try to quit and lower the risks of getting the aforementioned diseases. And to help you free yourself from a mass of nicotine in your body, you can indulge in a healthy drink that experts claim is effective in cleansing your lungs.

A drink using natural ingredients is said to help in cleansing the lungs.

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It is so easy to prepare so both smokers and quitters should try it.

To prepare the lung-cleansing drink, get onions, turmeric, garlic, a liter of water, stevia and honey. Start by putting the sweetener to the liter of water and let it boil. Chop the ginger and onion and add it to the water mixture. Let it simmer for a bit.

Start adding turmeric to the water, but you have to lower the heat and let it simmer again for about 6 minutes. Let it cool down before storing it in the fridge. Take two tablespoons of the remedy twice a day – once in the morning and once in the evening. But bear in mind that this drink wouldn’t cure any existing illness.

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6 Helpful Tips From a Sex Expert To Make The Experience More Enjoyable

Have a remarkable sexual experience with these tips in mind.


Humans have been having sex for millions of years. The drive and the desire to do the act is in our nature and that said, it can be considered as a craft that can be improved with practice and research. The act not only affects people physically but also emotionally and psychologically. While the topic is mostly taboo and some people shun the idea of talking about it, sex should not be treated as such.

Some people can say with confidence that their sex lives are awesome, the same thing cannot be said by other people. Even if sex is natural and is meant to be great and fulfilling, there are those who can’t seem to enjoy the experience. The good thing is that there are sex and relationship experts that can help people who are unlucky in the sex department. Here are six tips from an expert at VT that should make your sexual experience enjoyable, meaningful, and satisfying.

#1. “Normal” sex doesn’t exist.

Sex is enjoyed by you and that means, “normal” doesn’t exist. What you enjoy may not be favored by most of your friends and that’s okay because what matters is that you and your partner are happy with the act. While there are videos that tell people that sex should be done this and that way, you can do things differently if that’s what you and your partner are into.

#2. Communication is important

In any relationship, communication is vital. It’s the same for sex. It’s important to let your partner know what you like and dislike and what makes you feel uncomfortable. There are several ways you can let your partner know what works for you. Commonly, some would subtly dictate their partner with a physical guide. Others would prefer having a serious conversation on the matter.

#3. Women should also orgasm.


It’s common for the man to reach climax when having sex but women can also do the same. Reports have it that women who sleep with men only reach climax 65 percent of the time. On the other hand, women engaging in homosexual sex orgasm 86 percent of the time.

Men, this only means that your woman cannot reach the big O – it’s just that you’re not doing it right and you’re not letting her get to that point. In other words, improve your game.

#4. Pain is unacceptable.

Christian Grey definitely disagrees but generally, sex shouldn’t hurt – except maybe if you like it rough like Mr. Grey. Sex is something that an individual should be satisfied with and it’s something that’s meant to be enjoyable.

Also, one should be in the zone to fully savor the moment. That way, your body should also relax and the experience isn’t unpleasant. However, if you feel pain while doing the deed, you might need to see your doctor.

#5. Distraction is okay.

At some point, you may have felt distracted in the middle of the deed – and that’s totally acceptable. It can be embarrassing to think that you’ve found yourself thinking about other things but that doesn’t mean something’s wrong with your sex life. You just have to practice focusing on the moment, even outside your bedroom. Soon enough, you’ll become more mindful.

#6. Sex doesn’t necessarily mean penetration.

Penetration is not the only way for the act to be called sex, according to VT. There are different ways to get sexual with your partner. If you do the same thing over and over, it can be boring and the experience may not be as enjoyable as it should be. There have been studies showing that couples who have the same sex routine can have lowered sexual drive compared to those who like to spice things up.

With these tips from a sex therapist, you’ll find yourself feeling remarkable with sexual experience like no other. Enjoy the moment!

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