We all know it's a bit risky to have a bit of a snog with someone you don't know very well. Even without the pandemic, smooching with a stranger can often lead to complications and cold sores. Even worse, if you are a sailor, it can lead to a wrecked ship and drowning, all for the chance of a kiss from a lovely naked sea-lady. Mind you, I bet even as Bob the mariner here sinks to his watery grave, he'll be thinking Completely worth it...
|The Kiss of the Siren (1882) Gustav Wertheimer|
I don't know what is up with mermaids. Are they just really radical, strident feminists? Are they are all psychotic? What's with all the drowning?
|The Fisherman and the Syren (1856-58) Frederic Leighton|
|Mermaids' Rock (c.1894) Edward Matthew Hale|
|The Depths of the Sea (1887) Edward Burne-Jones|
|Ulysses and the Sirens (1891) John William Waterhouse|
|If you go swimming in armour, mermaids are the least of your problems...|