TIL that less than half of all societies kiss with their lips, according to a study of 168 cultures from around the world and a professor of anthropology at the University of Nevada Las Vegas found that only 46% use lip-to-lip kissing in a romantic sense, excluding things like parent-child kissing.

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  1. >Those cultures that do not kiss lip on lip find other ways to be intimate, says author Sheril Kirshenbaum. “There’s the Malay kiss that Darwin described, where women would squat down on the ground and men would kind of hang over them and take a quick sniff of each other – take a sample of their partner’s scent.”

    >On the Trobriand Islands, off the east coast of Papua New Guinea, lovers kiss by sitting face to face and nibbling at each other’s eyelashes, “which I think to many of us today doesn’t sound like the height of romance but for them that did the trick”, says Kirshenbaum. What is important with lip-on-lip kissing and other types of kissing is that the moment is about sharing close, intimate information about each other.

    Man is a complicated beast.

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