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smOOching KISSING pecking KISSING, SMOOCHING, PECKING – there
are many words to describe a kiss, which is the central theme in Gustav Klimt's eponymous work. They all describe what is probably the second most beautiful small pleasure in the world, celebrated every year on July 6th with its own day of honour. It is said to derive from the Old English word »CYSSAN« and is known in research as philematology. The gesture isn’t only pleasing; it is also healthy. And a little risky, as these bizarre facts about kissing reveal.