What is in a kiss?
HNT 1 WW 1
Give me a kisse, and to that kisse a score;
Then to that twenty, adde a hundred more;
A thousand to that hundred; so kisse on,
To make that thousand up a million;
Treble that million, and when that is done,
Let’s kisse afresh, as when we first begun.
~Robert Herrick, “To Anthea (III)”
Poetic magic vs Science
One of the things that set humans apart from other mammals is that we are the only species with lips that are turned outside the mouth.
What we see as lips are really part of the inside mouth. Scientists think this characteristic in humans has evolved through preferential selection.
Lips swell with additional blood when a human becomes aroused. This little happenstance makes it so that people find full lips attractive.
Kissing stimulates numerous hormones in both partners. The hormones are released from each partner’s own brain, but also hormones and pheromones are exchanged through the lips, mouth and tongue. The rapid exchange of body chemicals stimulates both people and causes strong physiological changes.
The more a human enjoys a kiss the more kissing they will desire.
Sounds great, doesn’t it?
Did you know however that the average human has over 400 different species of micro-organisms in their mouth?
Billions of the buggers swarm on teeth, the soft fleshy surfaces, gums, and especially the tongue.
When you kiss someone you swap not just chemicals and hormones, but nasty little micro-organisms too. Scientists say that we pass a few million per second to our partner when we kiss.
Don’t freak out though. Most of the bacteria and such that we swap back and forth (estimates range from 75% to 90% and I think the powers that be pulled these numbers out of their asses) is common in all humans. Most of the remainder is able to live only with the original host and dies quickly once transferred.
There is a small portion that can be harmful though.
Since I doubt anyone wants to think of such things, I won’t go there.
Were kisses all the joys in bed,
One woman would another wed.
~William Shakespeare, Sonnets to Sundry Notes of Music, IV
HNT stands for “Half-Nekkid Thursday,” and is a sort of blog carnival thingy.
I regularly read a few blogs that participate in it. (You all know who you are probably even though I curtailed my commenting a year ago or so)
On occasion I have been tempted into visiting the site and viewing all of the participants.
There are some very artistic folks who sporadically if not regularly post Half Nekkid Thursday pictures.
In my attempt to change things up and do the NEW on Red Region Inferno I have decided to give it a try.
If you clicky the button you will find the guidelines for “Half-Nekkid Thursday.”
Maybe you too would be interested.
Wanton Wednesday is another blog carnival type thingy meant to be a fun, sexy meme.
I know of it than I do of the HNT crowd, but there exists a few cross over participants.
Wanton Wednesday is run by a gal that goes by Dangerous Lilly. She is also responsible for e[lust], another blog carnival thingy that lists links to self-submitted blog posts about sex. It often has some really great stuff. I recommend you check it out if you are not familiar with it.
Click the Wanton Wednesday button to see what other people have submitted and follow the link to the help page if you are interested in joining in on this one.
For those who arrive here from the WW and HNT sites, and don’t usually follow me… The image is of my wife and I.
So, my first Wanton Wednesday and my first Half Nekkid Thursday all scrunched together.
We she see how it goes.
If I play along again you all will see just the buttons with no explanations.
Have fun folks, and remember what Bob Hope said… “People who throw kisses are mighty hopelessly lazy.”