July 16, 1439

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1439 the Parliament of King Henry VI banned kissing. The was in response to a particularly virulent infection that was being spread and after having determined that evil spirits, the evil eye, and smoke-free air were not the cause, the doctors of the time determined that it had to be through the spread of human saliva. So kissing on the lips was banned. Welsh wives were sorely disappointed in the ban, while the goats and sheep of the Welshmen had to finally send a petition to King Henry pleading with him to make the Welsh stop. He didn’t. The Scots ignored the ban as they were Scots and ignoring the English was a national pastime and set about kissing every thing in a skirt they could find. This did result in quite a few fistfights and bloody noses as the kilt could be mistaken for skirt to a near-sighted Scotsman.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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