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Chicago Marks Site of Obamas' First Smooch

Granite boulder with a plaque placed at spot

(Newser) - Maybe this makes up for their kiss cam miscue : Visitors to Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood can now visit the exact spot where Barack Obama and Michelle shared their first kiss in 1989, reports the Tribune . The marker is kind of hard to miss, considering it's a 3,000-pound...

Male Couple Kisses for 50 Hours
 Male Couple 
 Kisses for 
 50 Hours 
world record

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...

Video Shows Cops Shoving Kissing Couple

Proves Vancouver riot moment wasn't staged

(Newser) - It certainly wasn’t staged: New video has emerged showing the moments leading up to the now-legendary kiss at the Vancouver riots—and it’s clear that police knocked the couple down, hovered briefly over them, and moved on. The video shows a distraught Alexandra Thomas being comforted by Scott...

What&#39;s With the Riot Kiss?
 What's With 
 That Riot Kiss? 

What's With That Riot Kiss?

Time stood still for couple in apparent lovers' embrace amid chaos

(Newser) - The earth moved for two apparent Vancouver lovers, but it wasn't because of the riots. Though the city went completely bonkers when the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup, the two were captured in a photo locked in "The Kiss" that has captivated the public. Bizarrely, the pair's...

Facebook Sorry for Censoring Gay Kiss Pic, But...

...activist reveals that site didn't actually censor the event

(Newser) - It turns out Facebook is only guilty of about half of what it’s been accused of in the gay kiss incident . The social networking site apologized yesterday for taking down an image used to promote a “kiss-in” event in London. “The photo in question does not violate...

Romance Publisher Trying to Patent the Kiss
 Trying to 
 the Kiss 

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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...

Teen Drops Dead After First Kiss
Teen Drops Dead
After First Kiss

Teen Drops Dead After First Kiss

Rare heart condition claims life after exciting embrace

(Newser) - A British teenager slumped dying on her boyfriend's couch seconds after their first kiss, apparently from the thrill of it, according to authorities. Jemma Benjamin,18, died of sudden adult death syndrome, an extremely rare heart condition. As the couple finished kissing, Jemma's "eyes drooped" and she began frothing...

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....

Twilight Copycat Teens Gnawing Each Other
 Twilight Copycats 
  Biting Each Other 

Twilight Copycats Biting Each Other

Teen Love bites spook parents

(Newser) - Love means never having to retract your fangs. That's apparently what copycat teens are taking away from the bodice-ripper Twilight films, so they're biting one another to prove their love. There's just one problem: parents are going positively werewolf about it. The vampire hickey is the latest way young lovers...

Jailed Kisser Slams Dubai 'Hypocrisy'

Brit woman exits squalid desert prison after 'peck'

(Newser) - A furious Brit is slamming Dubai "hypocrisy" after serving time for giving her male friend a "peck on the cheek." Charlotte Adams spent 23 days in a squalid desert prison for violating "decency" laws after an innocent flirtation and "maybe" a quick kiss at a...

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...

Dakota Fanning Dishes on Kissing Kristen Stewart

Twilight co-stars get hot and heavy for Runaways

(Newser) - “Really close” Twilight co-stars Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart lock lips in next year’s The Runaways, and it is indeed a passionate kiss, says Fanning. “We were so into the scene and into the script and the characters,” the 15-year-old tells Access Hollywood . “We’re...

Germy Kissing Is the Point

Swapping spit boosts immunity, say scientists

(Newser) - A kiss apparently is not just a kiss. An unromantic team of scientists has determined that the point of kissing is to spread germs and increase lovers' immunity and health. The bug cytomegalovirus, which is dangerous in pregnancy, is passed from smooching men to give a woman time to build...

Charlize Kisses Girl for $140K
 Charlize Kisses Girl for $140K 
Katy Perry, watch out

Charlize Kisses Girl for $140K

Theron throws in a smooch to sweeten charity auction

(Newser) - Charlize Theron threw a smooch into the bargain to revive a flagging charity auction last night—and didn’t back down when a woman made the highest bid. The actress was selling a trip to South Africa, but bidding stalled at $37,000—after Jeremy Piven raised $280,000. Annoyed,...

Guiding Light's Lesbian Couple Finally Gets to Kiss

No, not during soap's last

(Newser) - Thanks to the Internet, a popular lesbian soap opera couple will finally get their long-awaited kiss. Crystal Chappell, Guiding Light’s Olivia, is bringing friends and fans together to create a Web series after the soap goes off the air next month. And though never allowed to make out with...

Mexicans Kiss Off Smooching Ban

Town's effort to ban kissing sparks passionate national protests

(Newser) - Outraged Mexicans joined forces—and lips—to kiss away a city's efforts to ban public smooching, the Los Angeles Times reports. Guanajuato's law drew national ridicule and protesters soon started kissing en masse in front of city hall. Newspaper columnists and politicians lined up to defend the kiss as a...

Mayor Embraces Kissing in Public, Denies Ban

Mexican official starts ad campaign to prove that Guanajuato welcomes PDA, despite what people say

(Newser) - Planning a trip to Guanajuato, Mexico? You’d better bust out the lip balm, AP reports. Mayor Eduardo Romero has proclaimed his city “the kissing capital” to counter claims he’s against public displays of affection. Apparently, the wording of a local anti-obscenity law caused some people to believe...

Porn Sucks Kissing Out of Intimacy
 Porn Sucks Kissing 
 Out of Intimacy 

Porn Sucks Kissing Out of Intimacy

Smut appears to be kiss of death for old-school practice

(Newser) - Pornography is changing our most intimate practices, Susan Walsh observes for Salon—and looks to have been the kiss of death for, well, kissing. “When I was growing up in the ‘70s, making out was an essential precursor to even the most casual sex,” she writes. Now,...

Carell, The Rock Dish on Liplock

Carell and Johnson talk about unlikely kiss in Get Smart

(Newser) - Steve Carell and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson dug a little liplock in their upcoming film, Get Smart, the AP reports. “He smells like strawberry shortcake,” Carell quipped. “For me, that's why they call him The Rock. He rocks people's worlds.”

Lesbian Liplock Sparks Stadium PDA Dispute

Mom complains to security after kiss at Mariners game

(Newser) - The Seattle Mariners' response to a fan complaint has set off a dispute about gay rights and public displays of affection. A Safeco Field employee told a lesbian couple they had to either stop kissing in the stands or leave the game, KOMO TV reports. One of the women says...

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