When you greet someone you know, love and care for, you usually plant a kiss on them. It could be a baby, our parents, or our friends. But when two people fall in love, they usually seal the deal with a kiss that isn't just a peck on the cheek. It's that deep passionate gesture with which you show how deeply you love your partner.
It is said that kissing is an art. A kiss generally makes a lasting impression, of you, on the receiving end. If you've ever been lucky to experience one, you'll know what the jolt of sensation feels when the two lips touch in a sweet embrace.
Well, whether you've been in a kiss or not, knowing these crazy facts will surely tell you a lot about them... and maybe teach you a thing or two.
So, let's dive in and find out more about the most powerful gesture in the world - A Kiss!
Kiss originates from the Old English 'cyssan', from the proto-Germanic kussijanan or kuss, which is probably the imitation of the sound caused by a kiss.
Lips are many times more sensitive than the tips of the fingers. Lips are made up of many nerve endings making them very sensitive to touch, warmth, and cold. It is also the high number of nerves that classify the lips as an Erogenous Zone.
The mouth is full of bacteria and when two people kiss, they exchange between 10 million and 1 billion bacteria. In just a 10-second kiss, one can exchange 80 million bacteria with you... think about that the next time you get 'lucky.'
It is a less known fact, but the science of kisses (yes, it's a real thing) is called Philematology.
Approximately two-thirds of people tilt their head to the right when they kiss. Some scholars speculate this preference starts in the womb.
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.
French kissing involves 34 facial muscles. A pucker kiss involves only two.
The Romans have categorized the kisses into 3 separate classes:
1. Osculum - a kiss on the cheek.
2. Basium - a kiss on the lips.
3. Savolium - a deep kiss.
Passionate kissing burns 6.4 calories a minute. So you can regularly make-out... I mean... work-out with your partner, on an often basis.
The record for the longest kiss in the world is held by a Thai couple, Ekkachai Tiranarat, and his wife Laksana, who kept their lips locked for 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds.
Mechanically speaking, kissing is almost identical to suckling. Some scholars speculate that the way a person kisses may reflect whether he or she was breastfed or bottle fed.
Kissing is good for teeth, well, the anticipation is. The anticipation of a kiss increases the flow of saliva to the mouth, giving the teeth a plaque-dispersing bath.
The 'XOXOs' after a love letter or a text message, meaning hugs and kisses, have been dated to the past when actual kisses were planted on the letters by the lovers. The X's are the intersection of the two consecutive kisses, while the O's are the blanks from the open lips.
In the book, Kamasutra, there have been described at least 30 types of different kisses.
The term "French kiss" was introduced around 1923 as a slur on the French culture which was thought to be overly concerned with sex.
According to 'The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us', in France, it's called a soul kiss because if done right, it feels as if two souls are merging. In fact, several ancient cultures thought that mouth-to-mouth kissing mingled two lovers' souls
According to a study on 1000 students, many men are more particular about which women they kissed than who they went to bed with, suggesting that kissing is somehow more about love than intercourse.
Rodin's famous statue The Kiss depicts the thirteenth-century woman, Francesca da Rimini in Dante's Inferno, who falls in love with her husband's younger brother, Paolo. Their lips do not actually touch, hinting at their eventual doom.
The first on-screen kiss was shot in 1896 by the Edison Company. Titled The May Irwin-John C. Rice Kiss, the film was 30 seconds long and consisted entirely of a man and a woman kissing close up.
The first on-screen kiss between two members of the same sex was in Cecil B. DeMille's 1922 Manslaughter.
On July 16, 1439, King Henry VI banned kissing in England to prevent the spread of the plague.
In Greek and Roman cultures, kissing was seen as a sign of respect, thanks, reunion, and agreement, as well as, as a rite of inclusion. Kisses were exchanged between peers, political leaders, teachers, and priests.
Our brains have special neurons that help us find each other's lips in the dark.
An average person spends at least 2 weeks of his/her entire life engrossed in kisses.
'Basorexia' means an overwhelming desire to kiss.
Over 400,000 tourists gather to kiss the Blarney Stone near Cork, Ireland every year, making it the 'most unhygienic' tourist spot in the world.
Kissing at the conclusion of a wedding ceremony can be traced to ancient Roman tradition where a kiss was used to sign a contract.
A medieval manuscript warns men against deep kissing during the female orgasm because a woman might accidentally bite off part of her lover's tongue.
The most important muscle in kissing is the orbicularis oris, also known as the kissing muscle, which allows the lips to "pucker."
Although many people consider it to be childish, a huge population of them occasionally like to rub noses while kissing - generally referred to as an 'Eskimo Kiss'.
Though, scientists still haven't figured out the exact reason behind the kiss. While there are many theories, including the one connecting it to breastfeeding, another theory suggests that kissing evolved from prospective mates sniffing each others' pheromones for biological compatibility.
That's all, folks.
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