There is a lot to love about kissing

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Pucker up people. July is the month that hosts International Kissing Day. So, let’s pay a lip service to some of history’s great smooches.

I’ll never forget my first romantic kiss. Few people do. It’s one of those significant signposts in life that signal one’s evolution. You can’t mistake your first proper kiss. There may have been some puckering up in primary school but no one really knew what was happening. But when you locked lips with your crush for the first time, and it took your breath away and your heart pounded … well, no one forgets that.

Mine is seared on my brain. Not for its sensuous shock, its effect on my cardio-vascular system or the feelings of excitement that accompanied it. No, what made mine special was the glorious creature that delivered it. I was 14 and in boarding school. I was completely in love with Jane, a day student, who arrived every day to light up our classroom with her long blond hair and radiant smile. I kissed her one night. It was so vivid. I revelled in the silkiness of her lips and the warmth of her body. The sensations washed over me and I didn’t want it to end.

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But it was a dream, and I started waking up. Then I realised my lips WERE being massaged by another living thing and there really was warmth from a foreign source pressing against me, mainly on my head. Alas, it wasn’t Jane. I had chewed up some spoonfuls of Milo before I went to bed and a large possum was sitting on my face licking the sweet residue off my lips. For years after, whenever I saw a possum I’d look into its eyes seeking some recognition. When I finally got to kiss a real girl it was still pretty good. It’s not just our own kisses that can leave a lasting impression.

 

Three pupils in classroom, one of them sleeping

History is littered with memorable smooches, many of them causing outrage and scandal. One of them was cast in marble. Rodin’s statue The Kiss is remarkable given the two lovers it depicts are naked and locked in a kiss so passionate it would have been a sight to behold when it was unveiled in the prudish late 1800s.

Rodin Sculpture

Rodin’s Sculpture The Kiss, Image source 

Around the same time another remarkable man-made history by producing one of the first films. Thomas Edison’s little movie (it went for less than a minute) was also called The Kiss, and it is considered to be the first kiss ever captured on screen. Featuring a couple talking and pashing for about 40 seconds, many people thought it was disgusting.


The famous photograph of a kiss captured on V-J Day in Times Square, New York, in 1945 and published in Life magazine is an image that captures the spontaneous expression of joy, which of course is one of the great uses for a kiss.

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V-J Day in Times Square, Image source

But some just look awkward, such as when Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and East German President Erich Honecker sealed their bromance in 1979. Communism never recovered.

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Leonid Brezhnev and East German President Erich Honecker, Image source

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