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The most famous and infamous German kisses
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The most famous and infamous German kisses

Published: 06 Jul 2012 13:20 GMT+02:00
Updated: 06 Jul 2012 13:20 GMT+02:00

If you are one of the five percent of Germans who are thought to be allergic to kisses, or indeed the 13.8 percent who consider kissing nothing but a "carrier of bacteria and viruses," you might not want to go outside this Friday.

International Kissing Day is meant celebrate the kiss in its own right - not as a social convention, or the prelude to a good old agricultural roll in the hay, but as a simple oral gesture of affection.

But surely the power and fascination of the kiss comes from its very ambiguity. It can be an astute political move, a signal of historical import, a piece of frolicking subversion, or just … erm … an unfortunately named sweet treat filled with weird sticky sugar foam.

The Local's latest list has an example of each of these and more, all culled from Germany's troubled association with the kiss - so put on your favourite snog tune, close your eyes, and lean in…

Check out our gallery of Germany's tastiest kisses here!

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15:43 July 6, 2012 by Lisa Rusbridge
Interesting list.

This is by far one of the most famous kisses in USA culture. It happened nearly 57 years ago. Gotta love street photographers capturing spontaneous moments in time!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V-J_Day_in_Times_Square
20:13 July 10, 2012 by Englishted
In the first two all I see is a candlestick .
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