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No More French Kissing!

France is so paranoid about swine flu that French health officials have been asking citizens to forgo “la bise,” the country’s traditional double-cheeked kiss greeting. Especially in schools, children have been forbidden to use the kissing salutation to their friends, which is a common courtesy even among youngsters. Instead, schools have come up with what seems more like a ridiculous American solution: “In schools, teachers are telling their young charges to forgo the bise, and instead capture their displays of affection in heart-shaped greetings to slip into ‘bise boxes.’” (This is almost reminiscent of the teenage hugging epidemic.)

How do the French feel about these measures? “La bise” is such a cultural standard that they’d sooner kiss off the prohibition. Bring on the swine flu! [CNN] Keep reading »

When Robots Kiss

In this strange video, two robots, their internal workings exposed, lean in for a kiss. Is this the most romantic thing since Romeo and Juliet or what? OK, maybe not. Keep reading »

How To Kiss Well

I am an aficionado of the kiss. No other act is so simple and so intimate. The light suction, the flick of the lip, the playful nibble, the deep advance and retreat of the tongue—a good kiss is like jazz, an improvisation of melodies, flirtatious staccatos, and passionate brassy crescendos. A good kiss is a rapport enacted physically, like sex, but more erotic.
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South Korean Hypnotist Fined Millions For Stealing A Kiss

So, a 32-year-old South Korean hypnotist walks into a bar, or something, and offers to put his 27-year-old blind date (which was arranged by a matchmaking service) into a trance. She finally agrees and he starts “hypnotizing” her by saying, “Black hole! You will plunge deeper into a trance. You will feel thrilled all over your body and if my hand touches your body, you will feel intense pleasure.” Only she’s not hypnotized, and when the “hypnotist” swoops in for the kiss, the woman freaks out and pushes him away. And files a sexual harassment suit and the guy gets fined three million won. Which might just be $2,453, but that’s still one seriously expensive kiss! [AP]

Sure, it’s a sleazy method of seducing a lady, but if a date trying to kiss you is sexual harassment, I’ve got a long day of legal matters to settle. What do you think: Is faux hypnosis totally deplorable or do you think this punishment is a tad harsh? Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Hot Interspecies Makeout Sessions

Who knew coyotes used so much tongue? [via Buzzfeed]
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Quick Pic: How Many Hail Marys Will This Ad Agency Be Saying?

The British Advertising Standards Authority banned this Federici ice cream ad after readers complained about the nun’s “seductive pose.” Yeah, we don’t like thinking about what she was going to do with that spoon, either. Keep reading »

Harry Potter And The Case Of The Raging Hormones

I can’t begin to count the numerous ways I am on the edge-of-my-seat excited for the new Harry Potter movie. The number one reason (besides the obvious fact that I am obsessed): “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” is going to be one massive snog fest! Keep reading »

Quick Pic: No Kissing Allowed!

[Sign at Warrington Bank Quay train station in Warrington, England]

[via Telegraph UK]
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Quickies!: Go Inside The Obama White House

  • Don’t forget to watch the NBC special “Inside The Obama White House” tonight and tomorrow at 9pm. Above is an adorable sneak peak. [MSNBC]
  • That hottie Zac Efron is going to make a cameo alongside those other hotties on “Entourage” next season. [E! Online]
  • They’ve already found replacements for Heidi and Spencer on “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here” — Heidi’s sister Holly and Daniel Baldwin. [DListed] — DOWNGRADE!
  • “The Biggest Loser” contestant Filipe Fa accused trainer Jillian Michaels of giving her team drugs. Fortunately, the allegations were false. [Pop Eater] — If he wasn’t before, Fa is definitely looking like a big loser now!
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    The Chemistry Of Kissing

    Kissing might just seem like a way of passing time with the man in your life, but it really triggers a chemical response that promotes mating and reproduction. Helen Fisher, a researcher at Rutgers University in New Jersey, conducted brain imaging studies and believes a kiss, or full-on make-out session, can activate chemicals that arouse different areas of the brain used for sex and reproduction. One brain system locking lips can stimulate is the one related to romantic or passionate love, which Fisher said causes a person to focus on one mate. The second is attachment, which helps prolong the relationship, at least long enough to raise a child. And the third is sex drive, which is related closely to testosterone. “We do have evidence that saliva has testosterone in it. And there is also evidence that men like sloppier kisses, and more open-mouthed kisses. That suggests to me they are unconsciously trying to transfer testosterone to trigger the sex drive in women,” said Fisher. So just when we thought we’d been liberated enough that kissing and sex are random acts of our choosing, our bodies remind us of the true purpose — reproduction. Ugh. [Reuters] Keep reading »

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