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.
It doesn’t seem like a relative amount of time when you consider a lifespan of 75 to 80 years, but when you add in the fact that kisses usually only last a matter of seconds, two weeks of smooching is a pretty long time.
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!
There are no statistics on whether a kiss before work can prolong a woman’s life, but there is no doubt it can make life much more exciting. Instead of taking vitamins, exercising or cutting sweets out of your diet, you can prolong your life by just adding a single kiss to your day. Start puckering up, folks!
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.
How often does something you really love to do come with such great health benefits? Like almost never! Who could have ever imagined that swapping spit could help make you healthier? So the next time your boyfriend or girlfriend tells you they aren’t in the mood for kissing remind them that it is beneficial to their health.
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.
So, if kissing is your favorite thing you might want to consider a career choice that lets you spend your days studying kissing. Imagine the pleasure you could get from throwing yourself into your work! Everyone knows that experiencing what you are researching adds both knowledge and experience to your resume.
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?
The Hays Code also enforced a rule that stated married couples had to sleep in separate twin beds in films and on television. Kissing didn’t take place on beds back then and if by chance someone tried it, the actors had to have their feet on the ground. The Hays Code was dropped in the 1960s.
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.
As legend has it, if you kiss the Blarney Stone you will be rewarded with much flattery in your life. If you are looking for a sweet talker, he or she may be easier to locate if you give the Blarney Stone a smooch. So you may want to save up some cash and plan a trip to Ireland’s Blarney Castle.
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.
Reportedly in the 20th century, French commuters were kissing it up on trains so often that it had to be banned. The French are much more open when it comes to public displays of affection. Even in the early 1900s the French were not uncomfortable showing their affection in public places. They think showing their love is important no matter where they may happen to be.
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 now a days.
King Henry IV reasoned that by stopping kissing he could cut back on the number of diseases that were plaguing his kingdom at the time. King Henry IV went on to suffer a mental breakdown in 1453, possibly from the lack of affection in his life, and his wife had to take control of the kingdom.
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.
Several historians have traced the affectionate custom back to the Middle Ages when people, who could neither read or write, signed their names on documents with an X, then kissed it to show their sincerity.
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.
Scientists state that mice and men have a very similar genetic makeup. Mice, rats and men share a common ancestor that lived between 75 and 125 million years ago. The rat-like creature was called Eomaia scansoria. Scientists believe that the Eomaia scansoria rubbed noses with its chosen mate so that they could get a sample of pheromones and let them know of their desires.
2. Kissing Uses Serious Muscle Power
How many muscles kissing uses was figured out by researchers in London. The British researchers studied kissing by placing a couple under an MRI scanner. The scanner helped them discover how many muscles were used while the couple smooched.
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.