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Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Kissing is a common and sometimes intimate activity for couples. Yet kissing has also been studiedin-depth, creating some fun and interesting facts. For example, did you know:

» Twice as many people turn their heads to the right when kissing than to the left, according to a visual study by German psychologist Onur Güntürkün of Ruhr-Universität-Bochum. He casually (and discreetly) studied kissing couples in the public and counted them as part of his research as long as they had lip contact, were positioned face to face, and weren't holding any objects. 124 couples qualified in his visual study. As babies (in and out the womb), the majority of humans favor turning their head to the right and most are right handed. This was one of the influencial observations that lead to the study.

» Philematology is the scientific name for "kissing".

» Research indicates that there is a much better chance of you catching a cold from shaking hands with someone who has a cold than kissing them.

» There is a huge debate on how many calories are burned, if any, from kissing. Estimates range from an average of one calorie per kiss to 90 calories for a passionate 30-minute kiss. When Snapple put out its Snapple Facts, under the bottle cover, one fact claimed that a one-minute kiss burns 26 calories.

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