Haven’t you heard, it’s National Kissing Day today! Stop what you’re doing, grab the nearest person and plant a great big smacker on their lips.
Actually don’t. This could be awkward – especially if you’re in the workplace! We couldn’t figure out what National Kissing Day means and how to celebrate it appropriately is beyond us. So, instead we have decided to offer you a bunch of interesting kissing facts instead.
Did you know?
- The science of kissing is called “philematology.”
- Lips are more sensitive than the tips of fingers.. 100 times more sensitive in fact.
- The most important muscle in kissing is called the “orbicularis oris” and allows your lips to “pucker.”
- “Kiss” is from the Old English cyssan from the proto-Germanic kussijanan or kuss, which is probably based on the sound kissing can make.
- Common Chimpanzees kiss with open mouths, but not with their tongues. Bonobos, the most intelligent of primates, kiss with tongues!
- 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.
- Although many men and women consider it childish, more than 95% of them occasionally like to rub noses while kissing.
- “X”s at the end of a correspondence letter represent the contact of the lips during a kiss.
- The average person spends 336 hours of his or her life kissing.
- Kissing is good for you. Research shows that smooching improves our skin, helps circulation, prevents tooth decay, and can even relieve headaches