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I personally wrote a essay about this topic once, it was an anthropology class or something connected with ethnicity. It came back to me recently and I thought about the post – so here are 13 cool, funny and sometimes shocking facts about a kiss. Maybe you know some of them – but for sure not all. Dig in!
1. In some cultures - during the ritual of kissing – the mouth is not used at all. Maori people and people of Inuit – rub their noses , Indians Capaya from Ekwador – smell the hand of their friends as a greeting, some tribes of New Guinea – put a hand under the armpit of another person and after – they are rubbing this hand over their own body to conserve the smell!!!!
2. There is a type of kissing called osculum infame, which means „kissing in the ass” literally. Long time ago it was considered as a tribute to devil. It was one of the accusations in the case against Knights Templar. However in old Greek beliefs Gods were supposed to kiss eachother in the ass – and it wasn’t the bravest sexual act possible for them.
3. During the kiss heart beating increases from 75 to 150 beats for a minute, and during average kiss we burn 12 calories.
4. That’ obvious – most of us kiss with closed eyes. But what you don’t know probably is that Greeks called this phenomenon with one word – myei - which means „outside blindness”. We do that to unite in one reality and find another person „inside world”.
5. Most of us kisses with turning the head RIGHT. It’s considered a reminiscence of our prenatal life – in the last trimester of pregnancy fetus has a tendency to turn the head right.
6. In a culture of one Indonasian city Banjar Kaja Sesetan there is a celebration of kissing called Omed-omedan. This day everybody kisses openly with everybody – it’s believed that this ritual is protecting the citizens from danger. Male participants are pulling and kissing girls while other villagers are pouring buckets of water towards them. What it’s interesting is that this tradition is one of a great way to find a boyfriend or girlfriend over there
7. „Kamasutra” lists over 30 types of kisses.
8. French kissing similar to human (in a formal and funcional way) we can observe only in a chimpanzees Bonobo (pan paniscus) – research by Frans de Waal.
9. 10 % of the world doesn’t kiss at all – there are places in the world that people don’t kiss for many reasons, one of them is that some cultures find it dirty.
10. During the kiss we exchange:
- 40 000 microorganisms
- 250 different types of bacteria
- 0,7 grams of proteins
- 0,45 grams of fat
- 0,19 grams of other organic compounds
11. Many scientists believe that kissing evolved from kiss feeding, a process used by mothers to feed their infants by passing chewed food to their babies.
12. The longest kiss? Couple from Bangkok held a kiss for 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds on14th of February 2013 during the event called “kissathon”.
13. And finally – lips are 100 times more sensitive than the tips of the fingers. Not even genitals have as much sensitivity as lips. Kind of hard to believe – I know, but I guess it’s no way to really find out if it’s true.
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Some time ago, maybe it was a month or something like that, I visited Albufera – a freshwater lagoon close to Valencia in eastern Spain. It’s exactly 11 kilometres south of the city of Valencia and the reason I went there – is because Albufera has a huge Natural Park. Its waters have been traditionally worked by fishermen and rice growers.
This Natural Park has a surface area of 21,120 hectares (52,000 acres), which is a pretty big space to visit. But the best way to see it all– is to rent a boat. When you arrive there, around are waiting more or less 5 ”casetas”/”boats” with someone who drive it and explain every little detail about Albufera (in spanish of course). They cost just 4 euros, but it’s really worth it to take this ride. I hope the pictures will show you a little bit why is that.
On this picture a trap for water snakes:
The word “albufera” originate from Arabic word al-buhayra, which literally means a “small sea”. This “sea” is very big, but also – very shallow, about 1.5m deep. When I was starting the boat trip, our 2-in-1 “captain and guide” was using a special big stick to move the boat – because it was so shallow around – of course I forgot the name of the special stick in spanish, I just remember that I really liked this name.
What’s the most important during the ride? Birds, birds everywhere. Here we have about 250 different bird species, because Albufera is an important stopover point for migratory birds and also a nesting area for resident birds. The whole Park was recognized as a special area for bird protection (ZEPA) since 1991. So you can take your camera and take as many pictures as you want – which I did. I’m just sharing here a very small percent of my collection.
The 2-in 1 “captain and guide” told us many really nice informations during the trip, but of course – I preferred to be lost in honey reflexions of the sun and magnificent birds, so I miss a lot of what he was saying. Maybe because it was full of details too – like how many kilograms each bird specie can eat during a day or a week, I could never remember that
What I remember and I will remember – is that Albufera is a great place to just breath more freely – a bit outside of the city, to have some balance, some contact with nature. The sunsets here are just amazing to witness. People also go here, to the nearest small towns, especially to eat paella, because is one of the places where you can eat the best paella valenciana in the world (that’s what they say, I didn’t try so I can’t say if it’s true or not). Anyway – it’s a place to relax and re-think and just stop for a while, which is why I recommend it to everyone, who need a big space around from time to time.
p.s the stick is called “percha”!!!!
Some time ago (pretty long time – as I feel now) Nobel Prize laureates were announced.I always follow these announcements, but the two categories I’m most interested in are Peace Prize and Literature Prize.
The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to 125 Nobel Laureates since 1901. We have here legends like Mother Teresa, Nelson Mendela or Martin Luther King Jr.. But we have also a lot of controversy in a field. We had Barack Obama for a start and this year we had Vladimir Putin. This cases and few more make me think that The Norwegian Nobel Committee is just a group of licking-asses idiots. Of course they have nothing to do with Putin’s nominations, but some of their decisions are just unthinkable.
A Russian advocacy group claims to have nominated Putin for the peace prize because he “actively promotes settlement of all conflicts arising on the planet.” If he promotes settlement of any conflict what-so-ever – than I’m a freaking Santa and I’m just preparing gifts right now, because – let’s face it – December is coming.
Some comments i found and i think they are quite accurate:
It’s not I don’t like the guy – I hate the guy. Anyone who has a bit of idea of reality and has travelled maybe to Russia or Ukraine, or at least – has friends from that region – maybe share the feelings I have. What about separatists in Chechnya or the war in Georgia or homosexual ridiculous laws that Putin signed?
Well, lets try to focused on good things. Other nominees this year that obviously didn’t get the prize, but at least the world heard about them and their stories, which is also really important. If you don’t know the story of Malala and others – you have to repair your mistake very quickly.
Nicholas Kristof wrote a perfect summary of this year decision on his facebook and I would like to end with this as a summary. Go individuals! :
“So the Nobel Peace Prize goes to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. A great organization doing great work in places like Syria–but, still, a bureaucracy. Can’t help feeling a bit of a letdown that it didn’t go to an amazing individual like Malala, Dr. Mukwege or Edna Adan.”
From time to time, I’m missing this beautiful city, which I had a privilege to live in for more than one year. Living now in Spain, I also miss the peace and harmony of some districts of this unique place. One of them is Alfama, the oldest district of Lisbon.
Mostly in XIX century Alfama became inhabited by the fishermen and the poor, and its condition as the neighbourhood of the poor continues to this day. But nowadays, its not so much “the poor” district, it’s more “the artistic” one. Here we have fado on every corner, here we have labyrinth of narrow streets, great view points and a lots of music, theatre and wine. And then – June’s days are coming to town – and we have Saint Anthony’s celebrations – for one month almost Alfama is full of people and everywhere you can smell the sardines and consume them with bread on almost every corner. Colorful decorations are practically waving to you, when you are putting to your poor body more and more delicious portuguese wine.
This was on one of Alfama’s walls more than one year ago (it’s not existing now):
During the day it’s a perfect place to just be lost. And if you will get lost – but you can see the laundry hanging outside, don’t worry, you didn’t change the district, it’s still Alfama. There is one way to get there not being tired (because like everything in Lisbon – it’s placed on the hill), taking the old yellow tram with number 28. But I personally loved to just walkup there – this way I could discover so much more. Now – some of the photos of this magical place – when I look at them I really want to do just one thing – buy a ticket to Lisbon again. Soon my baby Lisbon, soon we will be together again (I hope)
here my fav way to Alfama and later, some Fado
A beautiful photo