Everything You Ever (and Never) Wanted to Know About Kissing

Remember when you were a teenager and you’d make out for hours? Literally hours. You’d emerge from that first base make out sesh looking like you’ve been through a war. A sexy war. And it was good. 

While it’s likely the most open mouth action you get anymore is from your slobbery toddler, it doesn’t have to be that way. What are you waiting for? Grab your partner and kiss like you mean it! (Then check out these fun facts about kissing after the jump!)

♥ A whopping two-thirds of people tilt their head to the right when they kiss.

♥ Kissing for one minute burns 26 calories. Let’s see, a 12 oz. Starbucks Mocha Frapp is 280 calories, divided by 26 calories burned per minute of macking, equals 10.8 minutes of kissing. Survey says: So totally worth it.

♥ It’s been proven that a woman can achieve orgasm by kissing.   

♥ French kissing involves 34 facial muscles, whereas a peck involves just two.

♥ In France, French kissing is called a tongue kiss or soul kiss. Soul kiss sounds better, there’s no need to get all anatomical about it.

♥ Kissing increases saliva in the mouth which helps fight bacteria, viruses and fungi. Oral care has never been so fun!

♥ The world record for the longest kiss was recorded in Thailand in February of this year lasting 50 hours, 25 minutes and 1 second!

♥ Kissing causes your brain to release calming neurotransmitters that are proven to reduce stress.

♥ The average person spends two weeks of their life kissing. Time well spent, I’ll say!

♥ The kiss at the end of a marriage ceremony can be traced back to ancient Roman times when a kiss was used to sign a contract.

♥ Swapping spit has you exchanging all kinds of potential nastiness. Mononucleosis, colds, Hepatitis B, Herpes, and warts are all viruses that can be spread by kissing. As an added bonus, the bacteria responsible for tooth decay can also be spread by kissing. As scary as all that sounds, your risk of serious illness is very small. I’m no doctor but it’s a chance I’m willing to take.

♥ Men who kiss their wives before heading off to work live up to five times longer!

♥ In the 1500’s public kissing was punishable by death in Naples! Could this be where the expression “Kiss of death” comes from? No really, I’m asking.

For more fun facts about kissing, visit The Frisky, Random Facts and Your Tango.

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