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Trump, Cruz Smooch on a Giant Cleveland Billboard

Anti-homophobia message in sign located near GOP convention site

(Newser) - First they painted a house across from the Westboro Baptist Church the colors of the rainbow. On Thursday the Planting Peace charity erected its next measure of support for the LGBT community: a giant billboard on West 25th Street in Cleveland showing Donald Trump and Ted Cruz about to smooch.... More »

In a French Kiss, You Swap More Than Spit

Smooch for 10 seconds, and you've transferred 80M bacteria

(Newser) - A kiss is just a kiss—except for when it's a major bacteria conduit. A new study published in Microbiome takes a look at what happens when we kiss intimately, and finds that 10 seconds of passion can result in the transfer of up to 80 million bacteria. Dutch... More »

5 Worst Celebrity Kissers

Kissing Tom Cruise isn't necessarily fun

(Newser) - It must be fun to be an actor, always getting to kiss other hot celebrities in movies, right? Well ... not necessarily. OK! rounds up 10 of the worst celebrity kissers:
  • Kate Hudson: Dane Cook called her his worst on-screen kiss, saying that while filming My Best Friend's Girl, "
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Why Kissing Matters

Study suggests it helps us find the right mate

(Newser) - A new scientific study delves into that most important of questions: Why do humans kiss? It's a practice carried out by almost no other animals, especially not with the same level of intensity, Time notes. But researchers found locking lips may actually serve an evolutionary purpose: It helps us... More »

Male Couple Kisses for 50 Hours

Thai couple breaks world record for longest kiss

(Newser) - A male couple in Thailand spent more than two days kissing to break the Guinness World Record for longest kiss. The competition began Sunday in Pattaya, and ended, fittingly enough, today on Valentine's Day. Couples had to stay in a space measuring one square meter, could only take water... More »

Horrifying Kissing Prank Goes Viral

Blindfolded students kiss ... their parents

(Newser) - Should you have the stomach to watch this, it might be one of the more horrifying 59 seconds of your life. Rosemount High School, in the Minnesota town of the same name, is finding itself on the unfortunate end of a viral video that depicts a prank planned by the ... More »

Germans Say Nein to Kissing at Work

Keep your distance, says a German etiquette group

(Newser) - It may be common in France, but a kiss on the cheek has no place in Germany, says the Knigge Society, a group that advises on social behavior and etiquette. It says it has received numerous complaints on the subject, and wants to remind Germans to stick with a handshake—... More »

Kissing Couple Explain 'Beautiful' Embrace

Scott Jones was comforting Alex Thomas after she fell

(Newser) - Vancouver's famous kissing couple has come forward to explain their famous embrace amid the riots . Australia's Scott Jones and Canadian girlfriend Alex Thomas tell CBC they got caught up in a crowd running from advancing police when Thomas fell. "Tripped up? I'm not sure," she... More »

Japanese Gadget Allows Long-Distance Smooching

Tech students design boxes for online kissing

(Newser) - In a long-distance relationship? Now you don’t need an airplane to kiss your partner: Japanese students have created a gadget for online snogging. The device looks like a box with a straw attached. One kisser turns the straw with his tongue, prompting the straw on the other end of... More »

Romance Publisher Trying to Patent the Kiss

But don't worry, Harlequin won't charge you for smooching if it succeeds

(Newser) - Harlequin Enterprises, publisher of such titillating romance titles as Roughneck Cowboy and The Nanny and the CEO, is trying to patent the kiss. Does that mean you might someday have to pay a licensing fee if you want to lock lips? Nope: "Should this patent be approved and registered... More »

Why That New Year's Eve Kiss Might Be Lousy

The brain might know what the heart doesn't

(Newser) - Ah, the romance of the New Year's Eve kiss—the flushed cheeks, the quickened pulse ... the stream of bio-data rushing to the somatosensory cortex? A research scientist deconstructs the kiss in the Washington Post , explaining that there's a lot going on with all five senses during a seemingly simple lip-lock.... More »

Two Guys Break Kissing Record

Goal: To 'queer the Guinness World Records '

(Newser) - After smooching for 33 hours straight (ha!), two college guys yesterday broke the world record for "longest continuous kiss." Standing in a tent on the campus of New Jersey College, Matty Daley and Bobby Canciello smooched non-stop for more than a day, a feat that involved strategic... More »

Dubai Upholds Month in Jail for Kissing Brits

Pair kissed in a restaurant; Emirati woman told cops

(Newser) - A Dubai appeals court today upheld a one-month prison sentence for a British couple convicted of kissing in a restaurant. The pair landed in court after an Emirati woman complained about the public kiss, which the couple insisted was just a peck on the cheek. They were arrested in November... More »

Now Sexting Lands Dubai Travelers in Prison

Flirty texts indicated pair 'aimed to commit sin'

(Newser) - Dubai has lowered the boom—again—on travelers whose behavior runs afoul of the nation's strict morality laws by sentencing a couple to 3 months in prison for sexting. The flirty texts indicated the Indian pair, who work for Emirates airlines, intended to "commit sin," according to court... More »

Dubai Jails Tourists for Kissing

British pair get month for indecency

(Newser) - A British couple have been sentenced to a month in prison in Dubai after a local woman complained when they kissed in a beachfront restaurant. "We kissed each other on the cheek as a greeting, nothing more,” Ayman Najafi, 24, told the Dubai Appeal Court yesterday. He called... More »

Obama: Smoocher-in-Chief?

A look at President Obama's kiss list

(Newser) - When you're the president of the United States, a kiss, apparently, is never just a kiss. Yesterday, the president pecked Diane Sawyer on the cheek before an interview. "It was like a current events-themed Harlequin novel," writes Gawker's Adrian Chen. And it wasn't the first time! A brief... More »

French Mayor to Schoolkids: No Kissing!

Swine-flu-phobic official insists on 'Native American' greeting

(Newser) - Heading back to school in a French community normally means greeting friends with kisses on the cheek—but not when there’s swine flu to worry about. A mayor in Brittany has banned such public displays, and she won’t kiss anyone in greeting, either, the Guardian reports. Rather, she... More »

What Not to Say to a Woman

(Newser) - Lovelife dragging a bit? AskMen plays virtual wingman, listing 10 things a guy should never say to a woman:
  1. Can I kiss you? This yells that you’re a boy, not a man.
  2. Can I take you on a date somewhere? Act confident and in control. Say something like, “
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Rally Slams 'No Kissing' Rule in Mormon Plaza

(Newser) - Gay and straight protesters covered each other in kisses today outside Salt Lake City’s Mormon Temple, USA Today reports. The rally—inspired by a gay couple who were handcuffed and cited Friday for smooching on church property—was organized to condemn the Mormon ban on "offensive, indecent, obscene,... More »

Smooching Gets Kiss-Off in London Rail Station Ban

Lip-lockers confined to 'kissing zone'

(Newser) - "Mind the Kissing Ban" could become the watchphrase of London train stations just as its subways are known for the "Mind the Gap" warning. Officials have posted signs barring kissing in certain sections of the renovated Warrington Bank Quay station because tarrying lovers are causing too much congestion,... More »

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