Kissing has long been a part of the human experience. If you think about it though, it’s an interesting phenomenon. Why do people kiss? Sometimes it’s for romance, sometimes for greeting, but it always signifies an important exchange between people. In some ancient cultures kisses played a very important role and often signified something along the lines of respect or agreement. Anthropologists themselves are not entirely clear on the origin of the kiss. However there are generally two camps of thought. The first camp believes that the kiss is an innate and instinctual behavior while the other camp claims it evolved out of something known as “kiss feeding”. You can probably deduce that this behavior refers to mothers pressing food into their infants mouth directly from their own. The earliest written references of the kiss come to us from Sanskrit texts that were written nearly 4,000 years ago. Some academics have claimed that the kiss spread to other parts of the world after Alexander the Great conquered parts of northern India. Whatever the history is, however, the kiss is here to stay. And whether you are kissing for love or just as a sign of greeting, these are 25 impressive and not so romantic facts about kissing!
Pliney asserted that kissing a donkey would cure the common cold. Many people used to believe him.
Common chimps kiss with open mouths, but not with their tongues
Bonobos on the other hand, do use their tongues
Scholars are unsure, however, whether kissing is learned or innate. Some cultures in Africa don't kiss.
Kissing is actually good for your teeth. Before a kiss your mouth releases saliva that cleans your teeth of plaque (as good as your saliva possibly can)
Romans categorized three kisses. First was the Osculum, a kiss on the cheek, then the Basium, a kiss on the lips, and lastly the Savolium, a deep kiss
The science of kissing is called philematology
Lips are one hundred times as sensitive as your fingers
The orbicularis oris is known as the kissing muscle and it is responsible for puckering your lips
French kissing involves all 34 of your facial muscles while pucker kisses only involve two
Kissing after a wedding ceremony can be traced back to ancient Rome where kisses were used to sign contracts
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