25 Impressive And Not So Romantic Facts About Kissing

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!

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Pliney asserted that kissing a donkey would cure the common cold. Many people used to believe him.

Pliney asserted that kissing a donkey would cure the common cold. Many people used to believe him.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Common chimps kiss with open mouths, but not with their tongues

Common chimps kiss with open mouths, but not with their tonguesSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Bonobos on the other hand, do use their tongues

monkeySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Scholars are unsure, however, whether kissing is learned or innate. Some cultures in Africa don't kiss.

Scholars are unsure, however, whether kissing is learned or innate. Some cultures in Africa don't kiss.Source: wikipedia, Image: Allan Ajifo via flickr
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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)

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)Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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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

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 kissSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The science of kissing is called philematology

The science of kissing is called philematologySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Lips are one hundred times as sensitive as your fingers

Lips are one hundred times as sensitive as your fingersSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The orbicularis oris is known as the kissing muscle and it is responsible for puckering your lips

The orbicularis oris is known as the kissing muscle and it is responsible for puckering your lipsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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French kissing involves all 34 of your facial muscles while pucker kisses only involve two

French kissing involves all 34 of your facial muscles while pucker kisses only involve twoSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Kissing after a wedding ceremony can be traced back to ancient Rome where kisses were used to sign contracts

Kissing after a wedding ceremony can be traced back to ancient Rome where kisses were used to to sign contractsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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X's at the end of a correspondence letter are meant to signify the contact of lips during a kiss

X's at the end of a correspondence letter are meant to signify the contact of lips during a kissSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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During a kiss two people exchange anywhere between 10 million and 1 billion bacteria

During a kiss two people exchange anywhere between 10 million and 1 billion bacteriaSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Passionately kissing burns nearly 7 calories per minute

Passionately kissing burns nearly 7 calories per minuteSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Hershey's kisses contain 26 calories

Hershey's kisses contain 26 caloriesSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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To burn one kiss (#11) by kissing would take just under 4 minutes!

So to burn one kiss by kissing would take just under 4 minutes!Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The longest kiss is 58 hours 35 minutes and 58 seconds and was achieved by Ekkachai Tiranarat and Laksana Tiranarat in Thailand on 12 February 2013

The longest kiss is 58 hours 35 minutes and 58 seconds and was achieved by Ekkachai Tiranarat and Laksana Tiranarat in Thailand on 12 February 2013Source: Guinness Book of World Records, Image: wikipedia
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The word kiss is derived from the proto-Germanic word kuss which has been hypothesized to come from the sound that kissing makes

The world kiss is derived from the proto-Germanic word kuss which has been hypothesized to come from the sound that kissing makesSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Leper kissing became popular among medieval nobility to show humility

Leper kissing became popular among medieval nobility to show humilitySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The first onscreen kiss was in the film titled "The May Irwin-John C. Rice Kiss". It was 30 seconds long and consisted only of the kiss.

The first onscreen kiss was in the film titled "The May Irwin-John C. Rice Kiss". It was 30 seconds long and consisted only of the kiss.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Kisses played a very important role in Greco-Roman culture and were used as a sign of respect and agreement

Kisses played a very important role in Greco-Roman culture and were used as a sign of respect and agreementSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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An eskimo kiss (rubbing noses) is based loosely on an actual eskimo greeting called a "kunik"

An eskimo kiss (rubbing noses) is based loosely on an actual eskimo greeting called a "kunik"Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Some scholars have hypothesized that kissing originated when mothers orally passed food to their children during weaning

Some scholars have hypothesized that kissing originated when mothers orally passed food to their children during weaningSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Some scientists have speculated that how a person kisses reflects whether they were breastfed or bottle fed

Some scientists have speculated that how a person kisses reflects whether they were breastfed or bottle fedSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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During the 1920s the term "French kiss" entered the English language. In France, however, it's known as a tongue kiss or a soul kiss.

During the 1920s the term "French kiss" entered the English language. In France, however, its known as a tongue kiss or a soul kiss.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia


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