Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves. 



Kissing Contests

André Brulé was a French actor, famous in the years immediately after World War I. In 1921, he won a competition in Biarritz to find the world’s greatest kisser. 80 participants from all over the world took turns to kiss members of the judging panel. American kisses were described as 'flaccid', Russians as 'eruptive', Italian 'burning', English 'tepid', Spanish 'vampirish' and French 'chaste'. The audience included the Queen of Spain. Brulé won a diamond scarf pin, bought by the jurors he'd kissed.
Brulé’s technique was rather aggressive. According to the Pittsburgh Gazette Times ‘he took careful aim, and then with his right arm waistward and his left foot used as a pivot, swung suddenly, implanting the kiss exactly in the middle of the mouth. The advantage of this method, which, it is declared, requires long practice, is that the girl has no time to escape.’ 
According to Theocritus, the city of Megara held a version of the Olympic games. One of the events was a kissing contest, strictly for boys only.
Theocritus wrote that 'whoso sweetliest presses lip upon lip returns laden with garlands to his mother.'

In The Art of Love, Ovid wrote: ‘And if she doesn't give [kisses] freely, just take them anyway, ungiven. Maybe at first she'll fight, and call you 'wicked rogue'; but her wish in fighting is really to be won. Only be sure your clumsy force doesn't bruise her tender lips.’

Hedy Lamarr helped the war effort in WWII by selling bonds. On one night she sold $7m in bonds at $25,000 a kiss.

French Kissing

How many times should one kiss a Frenchman? Even the French disagree on the right answer but, broadly speaking, for central France it's two kisses, and for the North, four. There are exceptions - in Finistère, one kiss is normal - and even disparities within the same area: half the population of Calais prefer deux bises, while the other half will greet you with quatre. The number of kisses can depend on whether someone is a friend or family member, and varies between generations. To the upper-class French any more than two kisses is a faux pas.
Of course, it is not just in France that people greet each other with a kiss; in the Netherlands three is normal, and in Belgium it's one kiss for your peers, but if someone is 10 years older than you, then three is respectful. In Spain, two is normal, but you must kiss the right cheek first.
The French don’t necessarily French kiss more than anyone else; the term probably comes from our belief that French sexuality is more sophisticated. In France, it's known as baiser anglais ('English kissing'), baiser florentin (Florentine kiss) or rouler une pelle (to roll a spade). In Quebec, it is frencher

Cataglottism is a word describing the thrusting out of the tongue when kissing.


Love a girl with all your heart and kiss her on the mouth: then time will stop, and space will cease to exist.

Unwanted Attention

  • Victorian guide books advised women to put pins in their mouths to avoid being kissed in the dark when trains went through tunnels.
  • In 2009 a no-kissing sign was put up at the drop-off point at Warrington Bank Quay station as 'a light-hearted way of getting people to move on quickly'. Chiltern Railways responded by putting up a poster in their High Wycombe station actively encouraging people to kiss.  
  • A court case of 1837 involved a man named Thomas Saverland who had kissed a Miss Caroline Newton at a party 'by way of a joke' and in return she'd bit off a chunk of his nose. Saverland took her to court but lost as the judge ruled, 'When a man kisses a woman against her will, she is fully entitled to bite off his nose, if she so pleases', to which her barrister added, 'and eat it up, if she has a fancy that way'.
  • A 1819 German travel guide to London claimed 'The kiss of friendship between men is strictly avoided as inclining towards the sin regarded in England as more abominable than any other'.
  • A recent poll claimed that 53% of Yorkshiremen would hit a man who tried to kiss them.

Freud called kissing 'the sexual use of the mucous membranes of the lips and mouth'.

Eskimo kiss

What we call the 'Eskimo kiss' - rubbing noses - is called a kunik by the Inuit. It's an expression of affection, usually from an adult to a child.

The Inuit also kiss on the lips, just as we do. The myth that they were confined to the Eskimo kiss grew out of a Hollywood silent documentary called Nanook of the North, shot on location in the Canadian Arctic in 1922. Although considered a classic and one of the first documentaries ever filmed, the director Robert J. Flaherty took several liberties with his material: he filmed his Inuit family in a three-sided igloo made specially for the film, Nanook's real name was Allakariallak and his screen wife wasn't his wife at all.

TONY CURTIS (1925-2010)

What's the secret to a long and happy life? Young women's saliva!

Kissing in public is illegal in India and a similar law has been proposed in Russia and Indonesia.

A 2008 study showed that kissing as a greeting is healthier than a handshake because you don't know what someone has just been touching.

Roman Emperor Tiberius banned kissing, believing it caused the spread of a fungal disease called mentagra (inflamed hair follicles).