70 Interesting Facts about Kissing

Kissing has always been a way of showing love and affection and symbolizes a special bond between two people. But there are some facts about kissing that we aren’t aware of, things that we should all know. Let us take a look at the top 70 interesting facts about kissing.

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    A Mother’s Hugs Help Her Baby develop Faster

    New born babies, toddlers and young children, all love to be smothered with kisses and hugs and that’s what keeps them happy rather than those babies that have no physical contact with their parents.

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    Kissing Can Help Boost Your Immune System

    According to special research and study in physiology and behavior, researchers have found that kissing can improve our body’s resistance to allergies.

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    Most People are Right-Headed Kissers

    German researcher Onur Güntürkün discovered this after spying on 224 couples kissing in public places in the United States, Germany and Turkey.

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    Your Kissing Style Originates In The Womb.​

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    Your lips have a disproportionate number of nerve endings compared to other parts of your body. When your lips touch someone else’s 5 out of 12 of your cranial nerves are engaged.

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    More kissing in a relationship is related to how satisfied people say they are in that relationship.

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    The muscle you use to pucker your lips is called the “orbicularis oris”. And the shape you make with your mouth mirrors that of a breastfeeding baby, hinting at one possible way that kissing evolved.

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    Your First Kiss Can Seal the Deal or Call It Off. When you kiss someone for the first time, you get a spike in the neurotransmitter dopamine, making you crave more. Dopamine can also make you lose your appetite and make it hard for you to sleep.

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    Kissing Your Pet Can Cause Excessive Dental Bacteria

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    Over time, kissing lowers your levels of stress hormone cortisol, making you feel all safe and secure.

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    When you kiss someone your heart beats faster and more oxygen reaches your brain. And it makes your pupils dilate.

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    Our Lips are Hardwired to Fire Up the Brain and Parts of Our Body

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    Compulsive Kissing Syndrome Exists

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    Women tend to rate kissing as more important in relationships than men do.

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    One kiss requires 146 muscles to coordinate, including 34 facial muscles and 112 postural muscles.

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    Our Love Of Kissing Comes From ... Rats?

    Kazushige Touhara and colleagues at the University of Tokyo believe that our affinity for kisses descends from an ancient rat. Mice and men have a surprisingly similar genetic makeup - sharing a common ancestor that lived sometime between 75 and 125 million years ago.

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    According to anthropologists, 90 percent of people kiss. But that doesn’t mean that kissing is the same for everyone. Kissing customs vary across the world.

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    Kissing for one minute burns 26 calories. So enjoy that chocolate cake, and make up for it later with an extended make-out sesh with your partner.

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    When two people kiss, they exchange between 10 million and 1 billion bacteria.

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    Kissing someone is more sanitary than shaking hands, if you want to avoid a cold.

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    Philematology is the science of kissing. The scientific term for French kissing is cataglottism.

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    The first time two men kissed on-screen was in 1927.

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    The average person spends two weeks of his life Kissing.

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    In Nevada, it is illegal to kiss with a mustache.

    Source: www.slate.com
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    The average age in the UK for a first kiss is 15. Fewer than half the world's cultures engage in romantic kissing, a study found.

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    The word “kiss” comes from the Old English word cyssan, which technically means “to kiss.” No one is completely positive where cyssan comes from, but people suspect that it represented the sound people make when they kiss.

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    At roughly 18 million years old, Mangaia Island is the oldest island in the Pacific Ocean. Despite all the time its inhabitants have had, they’d never heard of kissing until the English introduced them to the practice in the 1700s.

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    Many Animals Other Than Humans Kiss

    Even though it might not be exactly how we do it, several other animals engage in affectionate behavior that’s remarkably similar to our kissing. Chimpanzees oftentimes demonstrate kiss-like behavior after a fight as a way to “kiss and make up” so to speak.

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    Crazy as it may sound in 2014, there are still many countries where public affection is illegal. In Mexico, university professor Manuel Berumen was arrested for kissing his wife in public. In some countries, though, the punishments are extremely brutal. In 2010, a Saudi Arabian man was arrested for hugging and kissing a woman. He was found guilty and sentenced to three sets of 30 lashes each, plus four months in prison.

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    Diseases which can be transmitted through kissing include mononucleosis and herpes. Contraction of HIV through kissing is extremely unlikely, though one woman was infected in 1997 when the woman and infected man both had gum disease. Transmission was likely through the man’s blood and not his saliva

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    Although many men and women consider it childish, more than 95% of them occasionally like to rub noses while kissing. Often called an “Eskimo kiss” in Western culture, this form of kissing is based loosely on a traditional Inuit greeting called a “kunik."

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    In Europe, it is proper etiquette to greet friends and family by kissing them on both cheeks.

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    According to Guinness records, the longest documented kiss lasted 50 hours and 25 minutes by a Thai couple at an event that organized by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in 2012 in Thailand.

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    Lips are 100 times more sensitive than the tips of the fingers.

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    A woman in China partially lost her hearing after her boyfriend reportedly ruptured her eardrum with a passionate kiss. Apparently, the kiss reduced the pressure in the mouth, pulled the eardrum out, and caused the breakdown of the ear.

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    Scientists believe that kissing may be a way of exchanging body salts or sebum that form relationships with parents and lovers, just as it does some birds. During mating, some birds chew food, then kiss-feed it to a prospective mate.

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    French Kissers Caused Commuter Headaches.

    Oh, the French. Apparently in the early 20th century, so many French commuters were getting frisky on the train that they had to ban kissing, altogether.

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    Over 400,000 tourists gather to kiss the Blarney Stone near Cork, Ireland, every year — dubbing it the most "unhygienic" tourist attraction in the world.

    Source: wikimedia.org
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    A King Once Decreed That Kissing Be Outlawed. On July 16, 1439, King Henry VI banned kissing in England. His reasoning? It was to curtail the spread of disease in the kingdom.

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    Some people are even terrified of it.

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    Kissing can increase your life expectancy. Men Who Kiss Their Wives Every Morning Live Longer

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    The average woman kisses 29 men before she gets married.

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    As a rule, 66 percent of people keep their eyes closed while kissing. The rest take pleasure in watching the emotions run the gamut on the faces of their partners.

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    Public kissing is a crime in Indonesia punishable by five years in prison. Something to think about if you are visiting Bali.

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    Like fingerprints or snowflakes, no two lip impressions are alike.

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    The longest kiss in movie history was between Jane Wyman and Regis Tommey in the 1941 film, You’re in the Army Now . It lasted 3 minutes and 5 seconds. So if you’ve beaten that record, it’s time to celebrate!

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    Dogs Are The Most Kissable Pet

    Source: news.com.au
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    Kissing alleviates headaches and cramps.

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    43% of people would rather kiss their pet than their friends or family.

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    Some women give off a scent when they are ovulating that is picked up by men when they are kissing. It could be subconscious, but it turns men on.

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    The insulting slang “kiss my ass” dates back at least to 1705.

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    Kissing at the conclusion of a wedding ceremony can be traced to ancient Roman tradition where a kiss was used to sign contract.

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    Ever wonder how an “X” came to represent a kiss? Starting in the Middle Ages, people who could not read used an X as a signature. They would kiss this mark as a sign of sincerity. Eventually, the X came to represent the kiss itself.

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    After a long hard day at work, many people experience back pain. Surprisingly, you should opt for kissing as opposed to pain relievers for treatment. As mentioned earlier, kissing releases endorphins in your body, which have been discovered to be more powerful than narcotics, such as morphine, when it comes to relieving pain.

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    In 1930 the Hays Code banned Hollywood actors from kissing in a horizontal position and limited the duration of a kiss to no longer than 3 seconds.

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    In China and Japan kissing is considered to be a private activity.

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    Ancient Egyptians kissed with their noses. So did the Eskimos and Asian Pacific cultures- thats why rubbing noses is called an Eskimo Kiss.. Some cultures in the Himalayas don’t kiss at all. Some cultures in Africa who don’t kiss on the mouth because the mouth leads to the soul and someone who kisses you can take your soul. Butterfly kisses use only your eyelashes.

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    So technically, to lose 1100 calories, which is about 1 kg of weight, you need to kiss for 9 hours 16 minutes straight. Game?

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    At a study conducted at Butler University, John Butler asked some 500 people to discuss their most important memories. First kisses were the most vividly described memory, beating every other memory

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    Couples transfer an average of 9 milligrams of water, 0.7 milligrams of protein, 0.18 milligrams of organic matter, 0.71 milligrams of fat and 0.45 milligrams of salt to each other with each open-mouthed kiss

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    Kissing can actually be a beauty treatment

    Scientific tests show that good kissing helps reduce dermatitis, skin rashes and blemishes. It also makes your skin glow and your eyes shine. Kissing can help keep our facial muscles smooth and tight and even help prevent cheeks from sagging. If you want to keep that youthful glow you’ve got going, shower your love with kisses!

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    Our brains have special neurons that help us locate each other’s lips in the dark.

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    In Italy, kissing seems to be the social norm. Where in most of the world, about 56% of people report that they kiss passionately, 75% of Italians do! So grab your passport and get ready to pucker up!

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    Ever notice how married couples sleep in separate beds in old TV shows? That's because the Motion Picture Production Code, or Hays Code, wouldn't allow them to sleep together from 1930 to 1968.

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    Onscreen kisses were regulated for almost 40 years

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    The Oxford English Dictionary lists 52 words meaning a kiss or kissing.

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    Psychologists conjecture that kiss-feeding – exchanging pre-masticated food from one mouth to another -- was how babies received the nutrients needed to grow up strong and healthy either in addition to, or after, breastfeeding. This jump starts the digestion process and makes vitamins like B-12 more easily absorbable while also promoting attachment and bonding.

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    Scientists suspect that one of the culprits behind individuals cheating on their partners is a chemical called ‘dopamine’ which oozes throughout the body while kissing.

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    Kissing Regularly Can Help Resist Cheating

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    France has a Kiss Map

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