You know that amazing feeling you get when you kiss someone you really like? Or maybe a partner from long ago who still gives you that tingly feeling? Kissing is more than just moving your lips and tongues in synchrony. Enjoy some fascinating yet unusual facts about kissing:
1• You burn between 10 to 15 calories in a romantic kiss- it depends on the duration and intimacy of the kiss, a kiss that lasts one minute can relieve your body of 26 calories.
2• 20 to 160 hours is the how much time the average person spends kissing during their lifetime (2 weeks approximately)
3• Sensitivity of the lips is 200 times higher than that of the fingers- like fingerprints or snowflakes, no two lip impressions are alike.
4• Men are more likely to initiate kissing before sex while women more so after.
5• Saliva contains salt, minerals ,and other substances that cause breath odor to exchange in an open mouth kiss. These changes regulate a woman’s receptivity to procreative activities, but the human mouth is also full of bacteria, when two people kiss they exchange between 10 million – 1 billion bacteria!
6• Approximately 2/3 of the population tip their head to the right when they kiss.
7• The most important muscle in kissing is the orbicularis oris, also known as the kissing muscle, which allows the lips to “pucker.”
8• It is possible for a woman to reach orgasm through kissing.
9• Kissing is good for teeth- The anticipation of a kiss increases the flow of saliva to the mouth, giving the teeth a plaque-dispersing bath.
10• Scholars are unsure if kissing is a learned or instinctual behavior- In some cultures in Africa and Asia kissing is not practiced.
11• 65% of people keep their eyes closed while kissing- The rest take pleasure in watching the emotions run the gamut on the faces of their partners.
12• The bodies of those engaged in kissing produce a substance that is 200 times more powerful than morphine in terms of narcotic effect, that’s why when kissing people can experience feelings of euphoria and bliss.
13• Men who kiss their partners before leaving for work average higher incomes than those who don’t.
[Last Edited 7/31/14 by Stephanie Dawson]