There’s something special about a first kiss. It’s something
unique shared between two people. It’s anticipated, practiced and even featured
in movies. No wonder why some people can find it rather intimidating. Whether you
already had your first kiss or are eagerly waiting to pucker up, there’s more to
kissing than just what you’ve seen on the big screen. That’s right! Did you know
there’s a science to kissing? Read on to find out some interesting and fun facts
Did you know...
The science of kissing is called philematology.
The top five foods to avoid 24 hours before a kiss are
garlic, onions, fish, cheese and pastrami.
A little peck uses just two muscles around the lips.
A passionate kiss uses all 34 facial muscles.
Kissing signals our brain to produce oxytocin, a hormone
that makes us feel good. It's a scientific fact that biology causes one kiss to
When we kiss, our hearts beat faster and our breathing
becomes deep and irregular, mimicking the response of intense exercise. So, if done
right, kissing can be considered a great cardiovascular workout! At the same time,
it's a terrific tension reliever. You shut out the world, you close your eyes and
you're almost smiling.
The average person will spend an estimated two weeks
of their lives kissing!
Ancient Egyptians kissed with their noses. Eskimos, Polynesians
and Malaysians still do.
In Europe, it is proper etiquette to greet friends and
family by kissing them on both cheeks.
Our brains have special neurons that help us find each
other's lips in the dark.
Saliva contains antibacterial chemicals that kill most
bacteria before the germs are passed on during a kiss.
Some say the extra saliva helps prevent tooth decay by
cleaning out your mouth!
A one-minute kiss burns 26 calories! A long kiss boosts
metabolism and causes our bodies to burn sugar faster than usual.
According to Guinness records, the longest documented
kiss lasted 50 hours and 25 minutes by a Thai couple at an event that organized
by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in 2012 in Thailand.
In some places, kissing is illegal. It was considered
a crime in Hartford, Conn., for a husband to kiss his wife on Sunday! And in Cedar
Rapids, Iowa, it was a crime to kiss a stranger.
Learn about philematology and more fun facts plus tips about kissing at BeingGirl.com.