12 Things You Didn't Know About Kissing

Kissing has many names; Lip-locking, puckering up, Suck Face and First Base are among a few. No matter what you decide to call it, kissing is something we all enjoy and is one of the best parts of fal

Kissing has many names; Lip-locking, puckering up, Suck Face and First Base are among a few. No matter what you decide to call it, kissing is something we all enjoy and is one of the best parts of falling in love.

Kissing can make you feel desired and special faster than anything else in the world. There are different kinds of kisses and the way a person kisses you can let you know the kind of feelings the kisser has for you. Experts even believe that kissing can determine your relationships fate. Scientists say that couples that are good at smooching have healthier relationships. Kissing can tell you many things about your relationship if you just pay attention.

The lips are our bodies' most exposed erogenous zone. Our lips are filled with nerve endings and even the lightest touch can make us feel wonderful. Kissing is connected to the part of our brains that sends out sensory information; it sets off neurotransmitters and hormones all across our body and that has a strong influence on the way that we feel, as well as think. Let’s take a look at 12 facts about kissing that you may not know and may even surprise you.

12 A Person Spends An Estimated Two Weeks Of Their Lives Kissing

Scientists have calculated that an average person spends close to 20,160 minutes, which equals out to two weeks, of their lives puckering up. Two weeks of your life spent kissing and feeling overwhelmed by good emotions is not a bad deal.

11 Kissing Can Save Lives

Scientists have calculated that men who kiss their girlfriends or wives every morning after waking up and heading out the door to work, live 5 years longer than those who do not. So if your man isn’t so big on displays of affection, you may want to share this statistic with him!

10 Kissing Comes With Amazing Health Benefits

Kissing can be just what your doctor prescribes for burning calories. Kissing burns two to three calories per minute. On top of burning calories kissing can also give your immune system a great boost. Doctors believe that kissing can help relieve your aches and pains as well as help to prevent cavities.

9 There Are Actually People Who Make Their Living By Studying The Science Behind Kissing

Believe it or not, there are scientists out there that get paid to study kissing. The science of studying kissing is known as philematology. Those who study the act of kissing are called osculologists.

8 Epic Movie Kisses Almost Did Not Exist

The 1930 Hays Code prevented Hollywood actors from kissing their co-stars horizontally during filming, meaning that they could not be lying down. The code also limited kisses to be 3 seconds or less. Could you imagine the kissing scenes in Gone With The Wind or Spider-man, Which are two of the greatest on screen kisses in history, if they were done as the Hays Code demanded?

7 The Luck Of The Irish Always Comes With A Kiss

In Ireland more than 400,000 tourists pucker up to kiss the Blarney Stone each year. The Blarney Stone’s legend says that anyone who kisses it will be given the gift of gab. As you can probably guess, the Blarney Stone is the world’s most unhygienic tourist attraction.

6 Kissing Has Caused Commuter Issues For The French

Everyone knows that the French love romance. The country's love of love has caused commuter delays, so much so that in 1910, the French banned kissing on railways because it was causing trains to be delayed.

5 Kissing Was Once Decreed Against The Law

King Henry IV banned kissing in England back in 1439. The decree was made in an attempt to stop the spread of diseases throughout the kingdom. It’s kind of hard to think that kissing was ever illegal anywhere, as we seem to see people kissing everywhere nowadays.

4 The History Of "X" Being Used As A Symbol For A Kiss Goes Back To The Middle Ages

Reportedly, illiterate people in the Middle Ages used to sign their names with an X and then kissed it to seal the signature. Today, we often use XOXO as written symbols of both hugs and kisses. We often sign letters and cards by adding XOXO before our signatures. Today everyone knows what XOXO stands for, but most people do not know where it originates from.

3 Research Shows Our Love Of Kissing May Come From Rats

Researchers say that kissing descends from a species of ancient rats known as Eomaia scansoria. The ancient rat would kiss its mate by rubbing their noses together. The rubbing of noses gave the rats a sample of pheromones, as well as sent out signals of their sexual desires.

2 Kissing Uses Serious Muscle Power

When you kiss someone you are actually using many muscles, 146 muscles to be exact. Those muscles include 34 facial muscles and 112 of your postural muscles. So kissing is good for your facial toning! So forget cosmetic surgery, instead tighten up your face by kissing.

1 The Style You Use To Kiss Was Determined In The Womb

Researchers state that two-thirds of the world’s kissers tilt their heads to the right. It is believed that the instinct to tilt your head in one direction or the other originates in the womb.

Whenever you watch a movie with a kissing scene, you will see the big screen couple lean, usually to the right. German researchers studied the “kissing lean” by observing 100 couples. During the research they determined that the instinct to go right comes from being in the womb where we naturally tilted our heads to the right.

Researchers have yet to find a reason some people tilt their heads to the left when kissing.


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