Saturday, 3 January 2009

Fun Fact About Kissing

Kiss is good for you!

Do you know...
  • You burn 26 calories in a one minute kiss.
  • The scientific name for kissing is philematology.
  • Eskimos, Polynesians and Malaysians rub noses instead of kissing.
  • In Ireland, you will have good luck if you kiss the Blarney Stone.
  • Romans kissed each other on the eyes or the mouth as a greeting.
  • Victorian etiquette required a man to kiss the back of a ladies hand.
  • A standard greeting in Europe is a kiss on both cheeks - could be two (French), could be three (Dutch). . . or even four.
  • In Russia, the highest sign of recognition was a kiss from the Tsar.
  • African tribes pay homage to their Chief by kissing the ground where he has walked.

  • The average person spends two weeks (only?!!) of their life kissing.
  • Longest kiss - 29 hours by contestants in the "Breath Savers Longest Kiss Challenge" in New York on March 24, 1998.
  • Longest underwater kiss - 2 minutes and 18 seconds in Tokyo, Japan, on April 2, 1980.
  • First movie kiss - John C Rice kissed May Irwin in the film called "The Kiss" (1896).
  • Most kisses in a single movie - 127 in the movie "Don Juan" (1927). Mary Astor and Estelle Taylor got all of those kisses from John Barrymore.
  • Longest movie kiss - 3 minutes and 5 seconds between Jane Wyman and Regis Tommey in, "You're in the Army Now" (1941).
Beware where you kiss!
In some places kissing is a crime - it's illegal in Indiana for a mustached man to "habitually kiss human beings", in Hartford, Connecticut it's illegal for a husband to kiss his wife on Sunday, and in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, it's a crime to kiss a stranger.

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