The Sunday Snog

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | September 13, 2009 2:22 pm

Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and East German President Erich Honecker share a kiss.



Comments (11)

  1. Sorbet

    Do you dwell on non-romantic male-male kissing of this kind in your book?

  2. @2 Sorbet,

    Yes, there is vastly more to kissing than romance of course.

  3. Erasmussimo

    In a vast and lonely world where there are sad people who could never find anybody who would kiss them, this is proof indeed that such people truly can find each other.

  4. Barry

    I can write some really great captions for this photo. And a little dialogue balloon for a comment from the white haired guy in the background. Want to see them?

  5. Ian

    Isn’t that “white haired guy in the background” Yelstin? If not it’s spookily close.

  6. John Kwok

    Bleech. I think Mussolini kissed Hitler too, if I’m not mistaken. Hope you don’t use this image in your book, Sheril.

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  8. MarkD

    So, is this science?
    What is the point here? At least try and make it science and give some kind of link to some study or something.

    Might as well post pictures of kittens for no reason too.

  9. Barry

    “So, is this science?” – Yes, it is science. And lots of science blogs do post pictures of kittens (my favorite is Why Evolution Is True – which features pictures of kittens and cats every Saturday). And there’s lots of other great science stuff on the other science blogs too – internet polls, Catholic communion wafers, Mormon clothing, creationist museums, Canadian politics; the list is endless It’s all science. It’s all light years ahead of those boring Mr. Wizard shows of my generation. And, borrowing a phrase from another science blog, these new science subjects may be called “random ejaculations”, to use proper scientific terms. And you would be surprised at how much science is to be found within the words random and ejaculation (much of the general public is unaware of the detailed meanings). Reminds me of years ago, at the drive in movies, which were always double features, and had a break of about 15 minutes between the movies. I used to turn to my date and say “Look! It’s intromission time”; but she never got the scientific meaning of my pun. Today’s students would get it – thanks to the science blogs. Yes, it’s all science.

    But getting back to this photo; I can write some really great captions and dialogue balloons that really help to bring out the science involved.

  10. Soto

    The Boston Globe has a photo story that compliments your kissing research and Sunday snogs really well:


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About Sheril Kirshenbaum

Sheril Kirshenbaum is a research scientist with the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin's Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy where she works on projects to enhance public understanding of energy issues as they relate to food, oceans, and culture. She is involved in conservation initiatives across levels of government, working to improve communication between scientists, policymakers, and the public. Sheril is the author of The Science of Kissing, which explores one of humanity's fondest pastimes. She also co-authored Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future with Chris Mooney, chosen by Library Journal as one of the Best Sci-Tech Books of 2009 and named by President Obama's science advisor John Holdren as his top recommended read. Sheril contributes to popular publications including Newsweek, The Washington Post, Discover Magazine, and The Nation, frequently covering topics that bridge science and society from climate change to genetically modified foods. Her writing is featured in the anthology The Best American Science Writing 2010. In 2006 Sheril served as a legislative Knauss science fellow on Capitol Hill with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) where she was involved in energy, climate, and ocean policy. She also has experience working on pop radio and her work has been published in Science, Fisheries Bulletin, Oecologia, and Issues in Science and Technology. In 2007, she helped to found Science Debate; an initiative encouraging candidates to debate science research and innovation issues on the campaign trail. Previously, Sheril was a research associate at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and has served as a Fellow with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and as a Howard Hughes Research Fellow. She has contributed reports to The Nature Conservancy and provided assistance on international protected area projects. Sheril serves as a science advisor to NPR's Science Friday and its nonprofit partner, Science Friday Initiative. She also serves on the program committee for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She speaks regularly around the country to audiences at universities, federal agencies, and museums and has been a guest on such programs as The Today Show and The Daily Rundown on MSNBC. Sheril is a graduate of Tufts University and holds two masters of science degrees in marine biology and marine policy from the University of Maine. She co-hosts The Intersection on Discover blogs with Chris Mooney and has contributed to DeSmogBlog, Talking Science, Wired Science and Seed. She was born in Suffern, New York and is also a musician. Sheril lives in Austin, Texas with her husband David Lowry.Interested in booking Sheril Kirshenbaum to speak at your next event? Contact Hachette Speakers Bureau 866.376.6591 info@hachettespeakersbureau.comFor more information, visit her website or email Sheril at


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