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FRISKY FRIDAY FACTS: Kissing Reveals All THIS

1. Kissing Certainly Has Its Benefits…

A few of its benefits:  It can help fight tooth decay because the extra saliva it produces cleans out your mouth.  It can help reduce dermatitis and blemishes – It’s a hormonal thing.  Kissing for a minute can burn up to 26 calories.  And when practiced regularly, kissing may even add a few years to your life.  One study claimed that men who kiss their wives, every morning, before leaving for work, live five years longer than those who don’t.

2. Kissing Can Spread Germs, But That’s Not Always Bad…

One peck can contain up to 80 million new bacteria, and frequent kissing can change your microbiome.  But emerging research suggests that sharing microbes could offer some healthy benefits.

3. We Spend Two Weeks of our Lives, Kissing…

On average, people spend about 336 hours snogging—that’s a lot of lip service.

4. There Are Still Some Weird Laws About It…

In Indiana it is illegal for men with mustaches “to habitually kiss human beings” (So, what exactly is “fair game”?).  In Colorado’s Logan County, a man is forbidden to kiss a woman while she’s asleep.  And in Hartford, Connecticut, men are apparently prohibited from kissing their wives on Sundays.

5. Lips Are Like Snowflakes…

As with frosty crystals and human fingerprints, no two lip impressions are the same.

6. A Kiss Has “Marked the Spot,” Since the Middle Ages…

Back in medieval times, before most people could read or write, they signed their name with an x, then kissed the mark to show their sincere intent.

7. “French Kisses” Are in the Dictionary…

The term “French kiss” has been around since Victorian times, and first appeared in print in a WWI-era book called Private Lindner’s Letters: Censored and Uncensored.  The thought was that the French were experts in passionate romance.  In France, they call it baiser amoureux (love kiss) or baiser avec la langue (kiss with the tongue).  The word galocher, the verb for “to kiss with tongues,” was added to French dictionaries in 2014.

 

Check out the full article in MENTAL FLOSS.



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