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Monday, March 27, 2017

Greetings Infomaniacs,

We've all heard the little ditty about being caught in the tree K-I-S-S-I-N-G. "First comes love, then comes marriage..."

Kissing is such a strange thing, really. Is it just human instinct that we want to grab another person and press our lips to theirs? Who were the first folks to decide that such a habit would feel pleasurable?

Enjoy!

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "The decision to kiss for the first time is the most crucial one in any love story."

HINT: (1881-1948), was a German author, known for his biographies and study of historical "greats."

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RANDOM TIDBITS

Although human nature suggests that the first kiss would have been shared much earlier, anthropologists have traced the first recorded kiss to India in approximately 1500 B.C. Early Vedic documents report people "sniffing" with their mouths and describe how lovers join "mouth to mouth."

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The tradition that inspired the phrase "You may kiss the bride" probably originated in ancient Rome. To seal their marriage contract, couples kissed in front of a large group of people. The Romans had three different categories of kisses: osculum, a kiss on the cheek; basium, a kiss on the lips; and savolium, a deep kiss.

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The strange but sweet butterfly kiss is named for its similarity to a butterfly's fluttering wings. Simply put your eye a whisper away from your partner's eye or cheek, and bat your leashes repeatedly.

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The adrenaline rush you get when you jump out of a plane or run a marathon is essentially the same rush you get from kissing. The neurotransmitters that fire when you're kissing cause the heart to beat faster and the breath to become deeper.

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Sideshows at the Olympic games of ancient Greece included kissing competitions. How one would have judged such a thing is hard to know, but similar competitions still crop up from time to time, usually for fund-raising purposes or simply for spectacle's sake.

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The first on-film kiss occurred between John C. Rice and May Irwin in the movie The Kiss (1896).




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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "The decision to kiss for the first time is the most crucial one in any love story."

ANSWER: Emil Ludwig.

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