Kiss – Part 3

Fun Facts about Kissing

Fish Kiss

 

A woman in China partially lost her hearing after her boyfriend reportedly ruptured her eardrum with a passionate kiss. Apparently, the kiss reduced the pressure in the mouth, pulled the eardrum out, and caused the breakdown of the ear.

The science of kissing is called philematology.

The insulting slang “kiss my ass” dates back at least to 1705.

Lips are 100 times more sensitive than the tips of the fingers. Not even your private parts have as much sensitivity as lips.

On July 5-6, 2005 a couple in London locked lips for 31 hours, 30 minutes, and 30 seconds, making it the longest kiss ever recorded.

The term “French kiss” came into the English language around 1923 as a slur on the French culture which was thought to be overly concerned with sex.

The Four Vedic Sanskrit texts (1500 B.C.) contain the the first mention of a kiss in writing.

The Romans created three categories of kissing: (1) Osculum, a kiss on the cheek, (2) Basium, a kiss on the lips, and (3) Savolium, a deep kiss.

Passionate kissing burns 6.4 calories a minute. A Hershey’s “Kisses” chocolate contains 26 calories, which takes five minutes of walking–or about four minutes of kissing–to burn off.

 

Scientists believe that kissing may be a way of exchanging body salts or sebum that form relationships with parents and lovers, just as it does some birds. During mating, some birds chew food, then kiss-feed it to a prospective mate. If a bird’s sebaceous glands are removed so there is no sebum, its mate flies off.

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.

Common chimpanzees kiss with open mouths, but not with their tongues. Bonobos, the most intelligent of primates, do kiss with their tongues.

Kissing at the conclusion of a wedding ceremony can be traced to ancient Roman tradition where a kiss was used to sign contract.

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.

The first on-screen kiss between two members of the same sex was in Cecil B. DeMille’s 1922 Manslaughter.

Under the Hays Code (1930-1968), people kissing in American films could no longer be horizontal; at least one had to be sitting or standing, not lying down. In addition, all on-screen married couples slept in twin beds…and if kissing on one of the beds occurred, at least one of the spouses had to have a foot on the floor.

The film with the most kisses is Don Juan (1926) in which John Barrymore and Mary Astor share 127 kisses. The film with the longest kiss is Andy Warhol’s 1963 film Kiss. The 1961 film Splendor in the Grass, with Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty, made history for containing Hollywood’s first French kiss.c

Early Christians kissed one another in highly specific settings that distinguished them from non-Christian population. The earliest Christian reference to the ritual kiss is at the end of I Thessalonians: “Greet one another with a holy kiss.” The Christian ritual kiss or “kiss of peace” was used during prayer, Eucharist, baptism, ordination, and in connection with greeting, funerals, monastic vows, and martyrdom.

The kiss of life (breath of God) and the kiss of death (Judas’ kiss) are powerful literary and artistic symbols. Sixteenth century authors were especially likely to use them as sexual metaphors.

The mouth is full of bacteria. When two people kiss, they exchange between 10 million and 1 billion bacteria.

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