This article from Sapiens (“Is romantic kissing a human universal?) explains that kissing (romantic kisssing rather than the kind of kiss a parent gives a child) is surprisingly uncommon around the world. You’d never know it if you went by most movies (see, for example, “Most iconic movie kisses of all time” from InStyle, or tons of YouTube movie clip collections titled “Best movie kisses of all time”).
Iconic movie kiss #6: from “The Lady and the Tramp” (Japanese title: 「わんわん物語」
A few excerpts from the Sapiens article:
“In Melanesia, the Trobriand Islanders regarded kissing as ‘a rather silly and insipid form of amusement’
“even chimpanzees and bonbobos kiss”
“In fact … less than half of the (168) cultures we sampled engage in the romantic kiss.”
“Societies with distinct social classes are usually kissers; societies with fewer or no social classes, like hunter-gatherer communities, are usually not.”
And there are two theories about how romantic kissing originated. Try skimming the the article to find them.
When English speakers say, “It’s like watching paint dry” it means that it’s really, really boring. And that’s what many people say (and I used to think) about curling.
But it’s really actually interesting to watch, once you know what’s going on. Here’s a “Beginner’s guide to curling, the world’s best sport ever” (from Sports on Earth), which explains it in a way that’s very easy to understand.
And then there’s Norway’s team with their crazy pants. Read about why they’re wearing such colorful pants — and they even had hearts on them for Valentine’s Day.
Also on the World Curling Organization’s site, you can find quotes by athletes and coaches, all the latest news, and videos, like this one about the history of the sport, which started in Scotland as far back as the early 1500s.
More videos on the World Curling TV YouTube channel
Why do some domesticated dogs have floppy ears? Find out with this fun animated video from NPR:
This video says that it was 1868 when Darwin published his findings about domestication. That’s the same year as the Meiji Restoration. What other amazing things happened that year, I wonder. One research project idea?
According to this article from Quartz, the world is divided into tea cultures and cha cultures, with very few exceptions (in Burmese, tea leaves are called lakphak), depending on whether tea was brought by land or by sea. This represents two different eras of globalization, says the article.