The oldest evidence of a kissing-type behaviour comes from Hindu Vedic Sanskrit texts from over 3,500 years ago. Kissing was described as inhaling each other’s soul.
30 minutes of kissing can reduce the effect of allergic reactions among atopic and allergic patients.
Back in 1911, Imogene Rechtin led a campaign against kissing, as leader of the World’s Health Organization (which, to clarify, had nothing to do with the UN’s World Health Organization, founded in 1948). Her followers wore buttons that read, “Kiss Not.” One newspaper at the time remarked, “Judging by the facial features of the presidentess of the cult appearing in the public prints, she is immune without wearing the button.”
One reason for a mother’s impulse to kiss her newborn baby: the mother ingests the bacteria/viruses on baby’s skin, then her immune cells create antibodies that go into her breast milk, thus protecting the baby from imminent infection.
While the true origin of kissing remains a mystery, historians believe that kissing only developed 3,000 years ago in India. It was later popularized by the Romans.
The famous image “V-J Day in Times Square” (also known as “Kissing the War Goodbye”) most probably depicts an act of sexual assault, not a consensual kiss.
A cafe in Australia let’s you buy a coffee with a kiss.
You can’t kiss your elbows.
A man is forbidden to kiss a woman while she’s asleep in Logan County, Colorado.
Romantic kissing is a fairly recent development and is rarely mentioned even in ancient Greek literature.