Puckering up. Smooching. Snogging. Lip-locking. Tongue-wrestling. Rounding first base. Sucking-face (ahh, gotta love ’90s lingo). Whatever you call it, kissing is one of our favorite parts about falling in love.
Without a doubt, kissing is a special way of showing affection that can be tons of fun, and even scientifically proven to give couples a greater emotional connection than physical intimacy, so pucker up!
Here are 15 fun facts you may not have known about kissing – the best and most satisfying way to express affection.
- The word “kiss” comes from the Old English word “cyssan,” which in turn comes from the proto-Germanic “kussijinan” or “kuss” which 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.
The Romans had several words for several different types of kissing. Kissing the hand or cheek was known as basium, closed-mouth kissing was known as osculum, and a passionate kiss was known as a saviolum.
- Because theres a scientific word for pretty much everything under the sun, including kissing, we thought we´d share these two with you. The term for the study of kissing is “philematology”; and the scientific term for French kissing is “cataglottism.”
- Not everyone kisses! 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.
These days, around 90 percent of the world’s cultures kiss. The other 10 percent doesn’t do so for a variety of reasons. For example, some areas in Sudan refuse to kiss because they believe that the mouth is the window to the soul, and they fear having their soul stolen by mouth-to-mouth contact.
- The famous Eskimo kiss—in which people bump noses together instead of their mouths—didn’t start because they feared having their mouths frozen together as some believe. It happened because, due to the extreme cold, the Eskimos would only have their eyes and noses exposed and had to invent their own method of displaying affection.
Today, it is one of the most popular non-kissing kisses in the world! And although a lot of people say giving “Eskimo” kisses are silly, an average of 95% of men and women admit to actually enjoying rubbing noses every once in a while! Aaaww sweet :)
- Quantifying all of the daily activities really helps to put things into perspective. The average person does enough kissing to fill up two weeks of his or her life.
- Locking lips is a physical affair, but exactly how physical? The average person burns about 2 calories for every minute of kissing; and a very passionate make out can burn up to 6 calories a minute. Who needs gym? We say – Pucker up! ;)
- There are a great many facial muscles involved in kissing – a full-on French kiss involves up to 34 muscles. Wow right! But the most important of all though is the orbicularis oris, this is the muscle that allows the lips to pucker.
- The human lips are extremely sensitive, 100 more sensitive than the tips of the fingers. Not even your intimate bits are that sensitive!
- French kissing may be an incredibly fun and delightful experience, but the classic name wasn’t meant to reflect this. The term came about in 1923 as a dig towards the French culture and how so many thought it was so oversexed. Well know we know!
- In today’s time, it´s commonplace to see a lot of kissing in the movies but this wasn’t always the case. Under the censorship of the Hays Code, which was enforced from 1930 to 1968, on-screen kissing was strictly regulated and only allowed to last a few seconds. When kissing, if one person was lying down then the other person had to be standing or sitting upright; if spouses were kissing on the bed (film spouses slept in separate twin beds), one or both of the couple had to have a foot on the floor. Times sure have changed haven’t they?!
- The kiss, being such a beautiful expression of affection, has proven to be an incredibly popular subject for poetry and literature across all languages and cultures. The very first mention of the kiss in written word was in the Four Vedic Sanskrit texts, which dates back to 1500 B.C.
- Getting Married? Well, it would be easy to assume that the husband kisses his new bride at the end of a wedding ceremony, as a symbol of love, but that would be assuming incorrectly (of course he is kissing you out of love too J). But in fact, the act can be traced back to ancient Rome where kisses were used to complete and sign personal contracts.
- Butterflies and first kisses! When you kiss someone for the first time, the neurotransmitter dopamine is released, a feel-good hormone that makes you crave more. Unfortunately, dopamine can also make you lose your appetite and make it very difficult for you to fall asleep.
- When going in for a kiss, about two-thirds of people tilt their heads to the right. How do we know this? German researcher Onur Güntürkün discovered this not by surveying people but by spying on 224 unknowing American, German, and Turkish couples. Lol! Experts go a step further her and believe whether you tilt left or right stems from the womb and which way you tilted then.
- And finally, tempted to go for a Guinness World Record on Kissing? The longest kiss goes to a Thai couple that locked lips for 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds. No word on whether they were allowed food, water or bathroom breaks…
How many did you know?
With love, xx
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