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STRANGE BUT TRUE: Risky business

Q. What are the riskiest “kisses” of them all?

A. The recent rise of interest in vampires, particularly among teens, has brought to the fore the practice of biting another person to draw blood, says Sheril Kirshenbaum in “The Science of Kissing.”  “Just don’t do it,” she cautions.  Swapping saliva through trading kisses is vastly safer than injecting gobs of potentially dangerous microorganisms into the bloodstream of your beloved.  Killer kisses can strike even a conventional pair when one of them becomes covered with hives or has trouble breathing after coming into contact with trace amounts of food on the other’s lips. Then there was the bizarre case reported in 2009 in Florida, when authorities put out a search for three boys, aged ten to twelve, who had been seen kissing a dead rabid bat.  “Who knows what they were thinking but they were taking a tremendous risk. There is no cure for rabies.”

Strange but True by Bill Sones and Rich Sones, PH.D.

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