Pucker up for a snog, it’s time to lock lips with everything you wanted to know about kissing!


1. The science of kissing is called philematology – and an aversion to kissing is called philemaphobia.

2. The most important muscle in kissing is the orbicularis oris, also known as the kissing muscle, which allows the lips to ‘pucker.’

3. While a quick pucker kiss uses just two muscles, a full on French kiss involves all 34 muscles in the face.

4. The term ‘French kiss’ came into the English language after British soldiers saw how passionately the French kissed while visiting during World War I.

5. The scientific term for French kissing is ‘cataglottism’. Sounds revolting!

6. 90 percent of people kiss.

7. Which means that 10 pecent don’t! Abstainers include some Sudanese who refuse to kiss because they believe that the mouth is the window to the soul – and they could have their soul stolen in a mouth-to-mouth kiss. And eskimos, Polynesians and Malaysians, who bump noses together instead of lips.

image of man and woman rubbing noses


8. The average age for a first kiss in the UK is 15.

9. Kissing in public can get you into trouble. In 2014, In Mexico, university professor Manuel Berumen was arrested for kissing his wife in public, while in most Saudi Arabian countries, you can be arrested – and even flogged – for just hugging a woman, let alone having a crafty snog!

10. Kissing for one minute burns 26 calories; the average person kisses for a total of two weeks throughout their lives – and that adds up to over 30,0000 calories over a lifetime!

11. The world record for the longest kiss goes to Thailand’s Ekkachai and Laksana Tiranarat, who kissed for 58 hours, 35 min and 58 sec in  2013.

12. On average, two-thirds of people tip their heads to the right when they pucker up.

13. A study has shown that men live up to five years longer if they kiss their wife before going to work.

14. Kissing may have originated when mothers passed chewed solid food into their babies mouths. But another theory suggests kissing evolved from prospective mates sniffing each other!

15. Humans aren’t the only animals that kiss. Cows, puffins, squirrels and even snails so it, although chimpanzees are the only animals whose kisses resemble a human kiss.

image of two chimps kissing


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

17. But…It’s good for you! While most of our bacteria is identical to everybody else’s, 20 percent of it varies between individuals. This means that every kiss helps boost your immune system.

18. Kissing also helps to lower your blood pressure.

19. It also helps to keep your teeth clean!  Just the mere anticipation of a kiss increases the flow of saliva to the mouth, giving the teeth a plaque-dispersing bath.

20. Your lips are 100 times more sensitive than the tips of the fingers. Not even genitals have as much sensitivity as lips.

21. The first time two men kissed on screen was in 1927.

22. Hollywood had rules…. Under the Hays Code (1930-1968), when two people were kissing on screen, at least one had to be sitting or standing, not lying down. 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.

23. The first on screen French kiss was in the 1961 film Splendor in the Grass, with Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty.


Finally – the best on screen kisses? It’s hard to beat Spiderman’s upside down kiss in the rain – and of course the Lady and the Tramp spaghetti kiss!  What’s yours?