Kissing is so commonplace that most people rarely think to stop and ask where humans picked up the habit in the first place. Where in humanity's evolutionary history did smooshing our faces together come to be regarded as a display of lust, care, friendship, and love?
Valentine's Day is this weekend. And whether or not you believe in spending $5.95 on Hallmark greetings, hopefully, you still believe in love. So for this week's Shooting Challenge, that's what we're celebrating: Love.
Couples who give each other intimate kisses several times a day share similar communities of saliva-dwelling oral bacteria. Romantic, right? But don't panic — many of these bacteria are essential for the digestion of food, synthesizing nutrients, and preventing disease.
The Internet is currently ablaze over a video of strangers having a first kiss, but what was likely the first kiss committed to film was between two models—two female models. Oddly, the photographer filmed a same-sex kiss because, not in spite of, mores of the era. Artful nudity below.
Getting 20 hot, confident models to make out—like they do every day, for their job—is pretty and all, but it's no big feat, really. Vice got 20 completely normal strangers to kiss each other. Some of them are awesome, some of them are weird, all of them are normal. It's real life! Enjoy it.
Kissing is great! Everyone loves kissing. But when you stop and think about it, the idea of rubbing your face and tongue up against those of another human being is actually a little... weird. This video tries to get to the bottom of the science of kissing.
Yikes. Never kiss anyone again, people. Because while you're politely closing your eyes and giving someone a smooch, your slimy mouth is inhaling another set of lips in what looks like squirmy worm sex on a stained enamel bed. It's gross. So gross. Okay, maaaybe a little bit sexy in a vomit-inducing, I feel weird sort…
How did smooshing our faces together come to signify love and affection?
Why do you kiss? Because it makes you feel good down there? Because it'll hopefully lead to something that'll make you feel great down there? Probably. But what about the science behind why we kiss? Vsauce, our favorite scientific talking mouth who needs no water during his soliloquies, explains that it's something to…
In 1896, the famed inventor, futurist, and elephant electrocution archivist made history yet again by recording the first kiss in cinema history. This clip, which featured a mustachioed fellow leering over Canadian actress Mae Irwin, was considered scandalous at the time, but Edison was no stranger to courting…
Ever wished your phone was a little more... intimate? Fabian Hemmert, a design researcher at the Berlin University of the Arts, Germany, certainly does. "Mobile phones use so little of our sensory abilities," he says. "They are great for information exchange - text, video, and speech - but they provide no feeling of…
Researchers at Japan's Kajimoto Laboratory at the University of Electro-Communications are developing a device that allows the user to engage in some telepresence smooching by furiously tonguing an apparatus that resembles an electric toothbrush or talk box. Sexy futurism?
Last week, talk show host Richard Metzger posted a story to Facebook about a "kiss in" held at an English pub that had ejected two men for kissing. Facebook quickly removed the story—apparently because of the above picture.
Quick after-VDay science helper: This quick video explains why you felt the way you did yesterday after smooching her/him/it/them. Whether or not your kissing will blossom into love is up to you and your partner(s). Love != Science.
Not many scientific studies can help you hook up. But here's one that comes with its own pick-up line: "Let's make out - it'll help your allergies!"
In today's foray into improbable research, Martin Gardiner takes a look at a Dutch study about the awkward logistics of going in for a kiss.
There's no more magical moment than when young love blooms: eyes meet, a gentle caress. And then comes all the awkward face-sucking and groping. That's the part the Google Street View camera caught recently in Wolverhampton, England.
It doesn't matter how many times you got the cootie shot on the playground; when you kiss another person, you're going mouth-to-mouth with their germs. And according to researchers, those kissing germs are extremely important to human reproduction.
Valentine's Day is quickly approaching—don't let poor hygiene keep you from getting a little action. This compact Kiss-o-Meter alerts you to bad breath 80% better than breathing into cupped hands. Now that's progress.
They're too racy, too raw. There's enough tongue in them to make a director blush — and so much grabby-hands that the director, producer, and writer hit the ground in a dead faint. Or maybe it's just good suspense to deprive characters of some desperately needed mouth-on-mouth. The Blu-Ray release of The X-Files:…