July 6th is International Kissing Day, but before you pucker up here are a few fun facts about locking lips.

  1. The science of kissing is called philematology and, no, you are not a philematologist because you kissed a lot of people.
  2. French kissing involves 34 facial muscles. A "pucker" kiss involves only two.
  3. 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. This doesn't mean you can skimp on brushing, though. You'll be doing a lot less kissing with less-than-fresh breath.
  4. 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. So, they didn't eat for 31 hours? No kiss is worth missing a meal, just saying.
  5. The mouth is full of bacteria. When two people kiss, they exchange between 10 million and 1 billion bacteria. Sorry, germaphobes.
  6. It's been suggested that kissing a donkey’s nostril will cure the common cold. That brings a whole new meaning to the term "kiss my ... you know what".
  7. The average person spends at least two weeks of their life kissing. Really? Only two weeks?

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