Thursday, February 16, 2006

A kiss is just a kiss

Or is it? From the New York Times

"either the kiss is a human universal, one of the constellation of innate traits, including language and laughter, that unites us as a species, or is it an invention, like fire or wearing clothes, an idea so good that it was bound to metastasize across the globe."

Too weird to think that all the kissing we do on Valentines Day first started with smelling someone's breath to make sure they weren't sick or weird.
There was once a time our sense of smell was so acute we could recognize illness, we could identify who we were related to...most mammals can still do it.

Why did we start with the tongue though?
Not that it's a bad thing but who started it? We know the Romans found out about it and made it popular as Romans were want to do with anything related to sex but I wish I could have seen the first reaction to it..Holy shit! tongue! ew, ...wait....maybe not ew...and then it was like a game of telephone..

I don't really do Valentines Day..I think there is a cruel edge to it. It separates people and makes them feel "other:. It is too often used as a weapon for teenage girls to torture the less fortunate among them.
We all remember counting how many we got don't we? Looking around to see "how we did".
Love and friendship shouldn't be a competition.

A note for all those that had a crappy Valentines..I spent mine scratching myself into a bleeding pulp and considering how bad some other people had it I consider myself lucky.

A public get well message to Taylor, a nice enough little cat who doesn't deserve the "beedies": get better soon cat


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