Because Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, here are some fun facts about kissing.
- “Kiss” is from the Old English cyssan from the proto-Germanic kussijanan or kuss, which is probably based on the sound kissing can make
- 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 genitals have as much sensitivity as lips.
- Approximately two-thirds of people tip their head to the right when they kiss. Some scholars speculate this preference starts in the womb.
- 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 most important muscle in kissing is the orbicularis oris, also known as the kissing muscle, which allows the lips to “pucker”.
- French kissing involves all 34 muscles in the face. A pucker kiss involves only two.
- The lips of both men and women resemble the lips of the vagina.
- 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. In France, it’s called a tongue kiss or soul kiss because if done right, it feels as if two souls are merging. In fact, several ancient cultures thought that mouth-to-mouth kissing mingled two lovers’ souls.
- The Four Vedic Sanskrit texts (1500 B.C.) contain 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 kiss contains 26 calories, which takes five minutes of walking–or about four minutes of kissing–to burn off.
- It is possible for a woman to reach an orgasm through kissing.
- Mechanically speaking, kissing is almost identical to suckling. Some scholars speculate that the way a person kisses may reflect whether he or she was breastfed or bottle fed.
- 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.
- A medieval manuscript warns Japanese men against deep kissing during the female orgasm because a woman might accidentally bite off part of her lover’s tongue.
- The Kama (desire) Sutra (type of verse) lists over 30 types of kisses, such as “fighting of the tongue.
- According to one study, many men are more particular about which women they kissed than who they went to bed with, suggesting that kissing is somehow more about love than coitus is.
- Kissing may have originated when mothers orally passed chewed solid food to their infants during weaning. Another theory suggests kissing evolved from prospective mates sniffing each others’ pheromones for biological compatibility.
- Scholars are unsure if kissing is a learned or instinctual behavior. In some cultures in Africa and Asia, kissing does not seem to be practiced.
- Common chimpanzees kiss with open mouths, but not with their tongues. Bonobos, the most intelligent of primates, do kiss with their tongues.
- Leper-kissing became fashionable among medieval ascetics and religious nobility during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. It was deemed proof of humility.
- During the middle ages, witches’ souls were supposed to be initiated into the rites of the Devil by a series of kisses, including kissing the Devil’s anus, which was a parody of kissing the Pope’s foot.
- Pliny asserts that kissing a donkey’s nostril will cure the common cold.
- 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.
- Polls consistently list the kiss between Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant in the 1946 film Notorious as one of the sexiest kisses in cinematic history. Because the Hays Code allowed on-screen kisses to last only a few seconds, Alfred Hitchcock directed Bergman and Grant to repeatedly kiss briefly while Grant was answering a telephone call. The kiss seems to go on and on but was never longer than a few seconds.
- 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.
- Early Christians kissed one another in highly specific settings that distinguished them from the 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.
- Kissing played an important role in ancient Greco-Roman culture and was seen as a sign of respect, thanks, reunion, and agreement, as well as as a rite of inclusion. Kisses were exchanged between peers, political leaders, teachers, and priests. Hence, the kiss of Judas (“Kiss of Death”) to betray Christ inverted the very point of kissing in this early Christian context.
- Although many men and women consider it childish, more than 95% of them occasionally like to rub noses while kissing.b Often called an “Eskimo kiss” in Western culture, this form of kissing is based loosely on a traditional Inuit greeting called a “kunik.”
- In 1929, anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski visited the Trobriand Islands to observe their sexual customs. He found that two lovers will go through several phases of sucking and biting in a variation of the French kiss that culminates in biting off each other’s eyelashes. In fact, in the South Pacific, short eyelashes are a status symbol.
- Diseases which can be transmitted through kissing include mononucleosis (“kissing disease”) and herpes. Contraction of HIV through kissing is extremely unlikely, though one woman was infected in 1997 when the woman and infected man both had gum disease. Transmission was likely through the man’s blood and not his salvia.
- Rodin’s famous statue The Kiss was originally titledFrancesca da Rimini and depicts the thirteenth-century woman in Dante’s Inferno who falls in love with her husband’s younger brother Paolo. Their lips do not actually touch, hinting at their eventual doom.
- 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.
- Cunnilingus is a type of sexual kissing whereby a person stimulates the external female genital organs with the mouth or tongue. The word “cunnilingus” derives from the Latin cunnus (vulva, vagina) and lingua (tongue) or lingere (to lick up).
- The mouth is full of bacteria. When two people kiss, they exchange between 10 million and 1 billion bacteria.
- “X”s at the end of a correspondence letter represent the contact of the lips during a kiss.
- Rodin’s famous statue The Kiss depicts doomed lovers in eternal anticipation of a kiss.
- “Eskimo” kisses are loosely based on a traditional Inuit greeting called a “kunik”.
- Alfred Hitchcock’s creative attempt to circumvent Hollywood’s Hays Code led to one of the sexiest kisses in cinematic history.
- Mothers who passed chewed solid food to their infants during weaning may have created the first kiss.
- Most people tip their head to the right when they kiss.
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Posted in Advice, Fun, Life, tagged 45 rules for life, Fun, Girl's Guide To, Life, lists, rules, tips, tricks on March 30, 2011|
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There are some really good instructions, rules, and/or words of wisdom in this list. You may not agree with all of these but it’s worth reading.
1 – Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
2 – Memorize your favorite poem.
3 – Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.
4 – When you say, “I love you,” mean it.
5 – When you say, “I’m sorry,” look the person in the eye.
6 – Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
7 – Believe in love at first sight.
8 – Never laugh at anyone’s dreams.
9 – Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.
10 – In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
11 – Don’t judge people by their relatives.
12 – Talk slow but think quick.
13 – When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile, and ask, “Why do you want to know?”
14 – Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
15 – Call your mom.
16 – Say “bless you” when you hear someone sneeze.
17 – When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
18 – Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.
19 – Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
20 – When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
21 – Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
22 – Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, conversational skills will be as important as any other.
23 – Spend some time alone.
24 – Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
25 – Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
26 – Read more books and watch less TV.
27 – Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll get to enjoy it a second time.
28 – Trust in God but lock your car.
29 – A loving atmosphere in your home is so important. Do all you can to create a tranquil harmonious home.
30 – In disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
31 – Read between the lines.
32 – Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
33 – Be gentle with the earth.
34 – Pray. There’s immeasurable power in it.
35 – Never interrupt when you are being flattered.
36 – Mind your own business.
37 – Don’t trust a person who doesn’t close his/her eyes when you kiss him/her.
38 – Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
39 – If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping others while you are living. That is wealth’s greatest satisfaction.
40 – Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.
41 – Learn the rules then break some.
42 – Remember that the best relationship is one where your love for each other is greater than your need for each other.
43 – Judge your success by what you had to give in order to get it.
44 – Remember that your character is your destiny.
45 – Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
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Posted in Fun, Something to Think About..., Uncategorized, tagged 50 reasons why it's great being a woman, Fun, funny, Girl's Guide To, list, random, woman, women on March 28, 2011|
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This email was passed around my office this week and I think it’s absolutely hilarious. While I don’t agree with every single thing on here… some of these reasons are very true.
- Free drinks.
- Free dinners.
- Free movies (you get the point).
- You can hug your friend without wondering if she thinks you’re gay.
- You can hug your friend without wondering if YOU’RE gay.
- You know The Truth about whether size matters.
- Speeding ticket? What’s that?
- New lipstick gives you a whole new lease on life.
- You never had to walk down the hall with your binder strategically positioned in high school.
- If you have sex with someone and don’t call them the next day, you’re not the devil.
- Condoms make no significant difference in your enjoyment of sex.
- If you have to be home in time for Melrose Place, you can say so, out loud.
- If you’re not making enough money you can blame the glass ceiling.
- You can sleep your way to the top.
- You can sue the President for sexual harassment.
- Nothing crucial can be cut off with one clean sweep.
- It’s possible to live your whole life without ever taking a group shower.
- No fashion faux pas you make could rival The Speedo.
- Brad Pitt.
- You don’t have to fart to amuse yourself.
- If you cheat on your spouse, people assume it’s because you’re being emotionally neglected.
- YOU never have to wonder if your orgasm was real.
- You’ll never have to decide where to hide your nose-hair clipper.
- No one passes out when you take off your shoes.
- If you think the person you’re dating really likes you, you don’t have to break up with them.
- Excitement is only as far away as the nearest beauty-supply store.
- If you forget to shave, no one has to know.
- You can congratulate your teammate without ever touching her butt.
- If you have a zit, you can conceal it.
- You never have to reach down every so often to make sure your privates are still there.
- If you’re dumb, some people will find it cute.
- You don’t have to memorize Caddyshack or Fletch to fit in.
- You have the ability to dress yourself.
- You have an excuse to be a total bitch at least once a month.
- You can talk to people of the opposite sex without having to picture them naked.
- If you marry someone 20 years younger, you’re aware that you look like an idiot.
- If you’re wearing cologne, you don’t have to pretend its aftershave.
- You’ll probably never see someone you know while peeing in an alley.
- You’ll never have to punch a hole through anything with your fist.
- You can quickly end any fight by crying.
- Your friends won’t think you’re weird if you ask whether there’s spinach in your teeth.
- There are times when chocolate really Can solve all your problems.
- You’ve never had a goatee.
- Gay waiters don’t make you uncomfortable.
- You’ll never regret piercing your ears.
- You can fully assess a person just by looking at their shoes.
- You’ll never discover you’ve been duped by a Wonderbra.
- You don’t have hair on your back.
- You know which glass was yours by the lipstick mark.
- You get to hate Kathie Lee in the way only another woman truly can.
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Posted in Fitness, Fun, Heath, Videos, tagged comfort, fitness, Fun, health, Lea Michele, Nike Training Club, videos, yoga on March 18, 2011|
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Okay, so this is sort of a two-in-one deal post here. The application seems pretty awesome, but we all know you don’t actually need it to be fit and feel great. I really love how Lea Michele speaks about the importance of being fit, and how it should be about comfort, not beauty. I just really admire her attitude here.
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Posted in Fun, Happiness, Perfect Pick-Me-Ups, tagged boosts, dance, energy, Fun, Happiness, happy, ideas, music, Perfect Pick-Me-Up on March 15, 2011|
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This morning on my way to school I was exhausted, to say the least. I needed a boost, some energy, a revival of some sort. But what…? As I drove on I got to thinking and it hit me:
We all have those mornings where we can barely drag ourselves out of bed, or the afternoons where all we want to do is collapse when there is still a million things to be done. And I know that we all have those moments in our lives where we’re feeling down, or tired, or just plain worn out in general. Well I have the perfect pick-me-up for that!
Rules: This can be done alone or with any number of friends or family members – in a car, kitchen, park, room – just about anywhere safe – BUT the key is to ONLY do it in an environment in which YOU are COMPLETELY COMFORTABLE.
Step 1: Find your favorite song.
Step 2: Find a music player of some sort.
Step 3: Turn volume up high – preferably loud enough to where you can’t hear yourself sing, or you can only hear your voice in sync with the singer(s). (This may best be done once the music has started to avoid hurting your ears.
Step 4: Sing your heart out. And I mean it. Sing loud, sing from your stomach, sing with feeling and passion and give it all you’ve got.
Step 5: If you feel like it, dance.
Step 6: Continue to rock out until your mood has improved. :)
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Posted in Community, Fun, News, Videos, tagged asians, Asians in the Library, blonde, community, Life, news, opinions, rant, UCLA, videos, white girls, YouTube on March 15, 2011|
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Okay..so I would just like to say that this girl gives a bad name to white girls everywhere. Hilarious as it is, I think she may have taken it a bit too far..yes?
What do you all think?
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Posted in Family, Fun, Kids, tagged children, Family, Fun, funny, kids, laugh, laughter, mine, rules of a toddler, toddlers on March 14, 2011|
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I work at a daycare and anyone who spends any amount of time with a toddler knows about the “mine” syndrome. “Mine” and “no” become two of a kid’s favorite words once he or she begins to talk. Here is a funny, but true look at the rules of a toddler.
1. If I like it, it’s mine.
2. If it’s in my hand, it’s mine.
3. If I can take it from you, it’s mine.
4. If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine.
5. If it’s mine, it must NEVER appear to be yours in any way.
6. If I’m doing or building something, all the pieces are mine.
7. If it looks just like mine, it is mine.
8. If I saw it first, it’s mine.
9. If you are playing with something and you put it down,
it automatically becomes mine.
10. If it’s broken, it’s yours!
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