Facts about the human body

• Did you know your body is 10 years old? Within 10 years every cell in your body will be replaced with new cells.

• Approximately two-thirds of people tip their head to the right when they kiss. Some scholars speculate this preference starts in the womb.

• The most important muscle in kissing is the orbicularis oris, also known as the kissing muscle, which allows the lips to “pucker.”

• The Kama Sutra lists over 30 types of kisses, such as “fighting of the tongue.”

• 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 Longest Underwater Kiss: 2 minutes and 18 seconds in Tokyo, Japan, on April 2, 1980.

• Kissing may have evolved from prospective mates sniffing each others’ pheromones for biological compatibility.

• Kissing may have originated when mothers orally passed chewed solid food to their infants during weaning.

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

• Leper-kissing became fashionable among medieval ascetics and religious nobility during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. It was deemed proof of humility.

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

• In 1929, anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski visited the Trobriand Islands to observe their sexual customs. He found that two lovers will go through a 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.

• Romans kissed each other on the eyes or the mouth as a greeting.

• Eskimos, Polynesians and Malaysians rub noses instead of kissing.

• “X”s at the end of a correspondence letter represent the contact of the lips during a kiss.

• 50% of all people kiss have their first kiss before they are 14.

• Ancient Egyptians never kissed with their mouths. Instead they kissed with their noses.

• US Kissing Laws: 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. In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, it’s a crime to kiss a stranger.

• The scientific name for kissing is philematology.

• You burn 26 calories in a one minute kiss.

• Kissing releases the same neurotransmitters (chemical messengers in the brain) as those that are released when you engage in intense exercise such as running a marathon or skydiving. This causes your heart to beat faster and your breathing to become deep and irregular.

• Onur Guentuerkuen of Ruhr-University Bochum in Bochum, Germany, studied hundreds of couples kissing. In his study, he found that two-thirds of people turn their heads to the right when kissing.

• On average a human will spend up to 2 weeks kissing in his or her lifetime.

• On September 15, 1990, Alfred Wolfram from New Brighton kissed 8001 people in just 8 hours, over sixteen people a minute, at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.

• In Naples, Italy in the 16th century, kissing was an offence that carried the death penalty.

• As a rule, 66 percent of people keep their eyes closed while kissing. The rest take pleasure in watching the emotions run the gamut on the faces of their partners.

• Some nail polishes and hardeners contain formaldehyde, which can cause an allergic reaction or irritation that may lead to finger nail separation.

• When it comes to your nails, shorter is better. Short nails are less likely to become damaged and break.

• Colored finger nail polishes were invented in the 1920s and the first nail polish was launched by Revlon.

• Fingernail fungus is a contagious infection which can be passed through direct contact. It can even be passed through publicly shared facilities such as swimming pools, gyms, and shower rooms.

• Rub the fingernails of one hand across the nails of the other hand for about 5 minutes each day. This will increase nail growth.

• Food rich in potassium, iron, calcium and vitamin B are especially good for your nails. Almonds, garlic, spinach celery, yogurt, eggs and seafood are good for your nails.

• A hang nail is painful because you have ripped open the edge of the living nail root.

• If you don’t drink enough water, this is bad for your health anyway but you might have never expected that it leads to dry nails as well.

• The longest finger nail ever recorded was that of an Indian guy and it was 48 inches long.

• Nail manicure is a very ancient activity. There is evidence that even 4,000 years ago it was known to our predecessors.

• Nails are very tough (compared to skin of course) but even they will be dissolved in about 4 days, if you put them in Coke because Coke is highly corrosive.

• It is a myth that hair and nails will continue to grow for several days after death. This is an optical illusion and is due to the fact that the skin shrinks, thus making it look as if the hair and nails are growing.

• Seasons and weather also affect nail growth. Nails grow faster in warm climates and during daytime, than in cold climates and at night.

• Nails grow faster on young people than on old people. Also nails grow much faster during pregnancy.
• Some theorize that when you kiss a person with the same hair color as yourself, the result is a more passionate kiss.

• Kissing can help women relax and ease the effects of stress.

• Kissing in public is usually frowned upon in Japan, Taiwan, China and Korea. A typical Japanese kiss seems to be designed to reproach the loose morals of the West.

• It is thought that men who kiss their wives goodbye before going to work live five years longer than those who just slam the door. Men of the latter category are said to be more prone to traffic accidents.

• Sensitivity of kissing lips is 200 times higher than that of the fingers.

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