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7 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Kissing
From the hidden health benefits, to what it says about us as people, kissing is much more than something fun you do with someone you’re attracted to. So, to celebrate National Kissing Day in the UK, we’ve rounded up all the weird and wonderful things you probably didn’t know about kissing.
1. Most people tilt their head to the right
If you want to avoid any awkward head banging, then you should take a tilt to the right – according to one study, that’s the way two thirds of people tend to tilt. German researcher Onur Güntürkün discovered this fact after spying on 224 couples kissing in public places in Germany, America and Turkey. Weirdly, this is something that you pick up before you’re even born; most foetuses tilt their head to the right whilst they’re in the womb, too.
2. Kissing is good for you
Kissing releases endorphins and oxytocin – also known as the ‘happy hormones’ – meaning that making out will make you feel positive and relaxed. It can also help reduce the risk of tooth decay as the extra saliva produced helps to clean your mouth. Plus, kissing burns serious calories – 26, to be exact.
When done on a regular basis, kissing can even add a few years on to your life – one study claimed that men who kissed their wives every day before leaving for work lived five years longer than the guys who left without giving their spouses a peck goodbye. Psychologists said they didn’t believe it was the kiss itself, however, that made the difference, but rather that kissers were likely to being the day with a more positive attitude, leading to a far healthier lifestyle.
3. It helps us to figure people out
Obviously there’s going to be some kind of biological reason for a quick snog rather than just feeling confident after a few wines: according to biological anthropologist Helen Fisher, we tend to prefer individuals with specific biological profiles. «Kissing is a mechanism for mate choice and mate assessment,» she said, essentially meaning one of the reasons we trade saliva is to try and figure out if someone’s going to be a good match. And we’re not alone in this – chimpanzees kiss, foxes and dogs lick each other’s faces and elephants put their trunks in each other’s mouths. Very romantic.
4. Women find kissing more important than men
A study involving more than 1,000 university students found that women rated kissing far more important to a relationship that the guys did. It also found that, while women mostly use kissing to assess whether someone would be a good mate, men use it to increase the likelihood of sex.
Furthermore, a separate study showed that the amount a couple kissed was integral to their level of relationship satisfaction – in fact, 59% of men and 66% of women have ended a relationship because someone was a bad kisser.
5. The longest kiss ever lasted for over two days
Get ready to feel inferior – Thai couple Ekkachai Tiranarat and Laksana Tiranarat hold the Guinness World Record for the longest kiss, coming in with a smooch lasting 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds. But there’s many branches to this kissing tree – there’s also a record for the longest underwater kiss (three minutes, 24 seconds) and longest habanero pepper kiss (one minute, 41 seconds), not to mention the longest time to kiss in a car, that comes in at a monumental 76 hours. We have so many questions…
6. Most people remember their first kiss more vividly than the first time they had sex
The good, the bad and the ugly: turns out no matter what our first kiss was like, it’s ingrained in our memories to cringe or swoon over for the rest of our lives. Researcher John Bohannon of Butler University asked 500 people about their memories of important life experiences – including their first kiss and losing their virginity. The first kiss came out on top, beating everything else as the most detailed memory
7. Idris Elba is the UK’s most kissable man
Yep, Luther himself is the guy that all the ladies want a piece of. New research collected by KissingDay.com shows the 45-year-old actor tops the list of the UK’s most kissable men, with Anthony Joshua, Harry Styles and – rather strangely – Jeremy Corbyn joining him in the top ten.
Most kissable women include Dua Lipa at number one, with Emma Watson and Naomi Harris not far behind. Piers Morgan, Nigel Farage and Katie Hopkins we crowned the UK’s least kissable, with Donald Trump topping the US’s least kissable list – can’t say we’re surprised…
Kissing World Records
Billy Disney kissed six dogs in an hour. He set the record as part of the Record, Set, Go web series. See the full episode here.
Most Times Kissing A Car In 30 Seconds
Austin F. kissed a car 73 times in 30 seconds.
Most Crawfish Kissed In 30 Seconds
Nicole M. kissed 34 crawfish in 30 seconds.
Most Kisses Received Under Mistletoe In One Minute
Bill received 95 kisses in one minute under a mistletoe. He set the record to raise money for charity.
Most Kisses Of The «Noel Neill As Lois Lane» Statue In 10 Seconds
Clint P. kissed the Noel Neill as Lois Lane statue located in Metropolis, Illinois 22 times in 10 seconds.
Longest Time Kissing A Reptile
Ivy W. kissed her pet reptile for one minute, 20.93 seconds.
Most Cheek Kisses In 15 Seconds
Otra Movida host Dani Martinez kissed Anna Simon 55 times in 15 seconds. They set the record during the last «I Love Jimmy Fallon» segment of Otra Movida.
Most People Kissed In 10 Seconds
Mason Hammond kissed 14 people in 10 seconds. The feat was achieved on July, 18, 2009 at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. Representatives from URDB.org were present to document the record. #PF01
Most Kissing Sound Produced In Five Seconds
Márk M. produced 29 kissing sound in five seconds.
Most Melon Kisses In 30 Seconds
A member of Support The Melons kissed a melon 118 times in 30 seconds. He set the record to promote breast cancer awareness and raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign.
Longest Video Featuring Kissing Couples
Fredagsfilm created a video compilation of kissing couples that lasted three minutes, 23.62 seconds.
Most KISS Songs Named In One Minute
Tyler Hampton named 45 songs by KISS in one minute. He named 46 songs, but Makin’ Love was said twice. Hampton achieved the feat at a World Record Appreciation Society event held in San Francisco on September 24, 2009. [#WRAS09] tag:RecordSetterBook01
Largest Group Eskimo Kiss
Mick Cullen, Carl Cutler, Autumn Rizzio, Carolyn Howard, and Chris Carmody joined in a group eskimo kiss during a live broadcast of WRLR 98.3 FM’s Subterranean show in Round Lake Heights, Illinois. This record was one of 16 URDB records broken during the show’s attempt to set a new record for Most URDB World Records Broken During A Live Radio Show.
Most Butterfly Kisses Given In One Minute
MJ Otto gave 114 butterfly kisses in one minute. Ottoset the record atThe Purple Onionin San Francisco during a RecordSetter LIVE! event. RecordSetter co-founders Dan Rollman and Corey Henderson officiated the attempt.
Longest underwater kiss world record broken
The Guinness World Record for Longest Underwater Kiss has been broken in time for Valentine’s Day 2023 by South African National Freediving Champion Beth Neale and her Canadian partner, Miles Cloutier.
The successful world record attempt was carried out at LUX* Resort on Maldives South Ari Atoll on 4 February, beating the 13-year record of 3 minutes 24 seconds, set by Italian couple Michele Fucarino and Elisa Lazzarini, by 42 seconds.
Breaking the world record for longest underwater kiss had been on the couple’s bucket list for three years, but planning had been previously interrupted when Neale discovered she was pregnant during filming of the duo’s TV series, Freediving Diaries, with their now 18-month-old baby daughter.
‘We felt that Valentine’s was the perfect day to share the new record with the world as it’s such a beautiful reflection of our love for the underwater world, and our love for each other in a place where we discovered I was going to be having a baby girl.’ said Neale, ‘and what better way to make a moment last than a 4-minute 6-second kiss!’
The couple first met in Bermuda in 2018, where Neale was teaching ocean conservation and freediving to local children when Cloutier volunteered for the programme she was running. The two hit it off through their shared passion for the ocean and love for underwater filmmaking.
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Neale and Cloutier spent two weeks training at home in preparation for the record. While the theme may be novel and romantic, breath-holding for more than 4 minutes is no mean feat, especially when officially attempting a Guinness World Record in front of a crowd with an adjudicator present.
‘It was challenging getting in a relaxed position while staying together for the kiss and staying upright,’ said Neale. ‘You can feel each other’s diaphragmatic contractions, which is the body’s response to rising CO2 levels in the blood. At the 3-minute mark, I also pressed play on my underwater audio to listen to Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ to keep my mind distracted.’
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‘We had to be completely relaxed and confident, even when our bodies were experiencing something else,’ said Cloutier. ‘Beth has never focused on time, and completed all of her freediving records solo so it was an extra challenge for her to relax as a couple, while being ultimately responsible for the preparations of the entire event.’
The couple use very different breath-holding techniques. Neale says she tends to ‘go with the flow’, keeping her mind distracted from any measurement of time while she performs her deep dives and long breath holds, while Miles is analytical and focused on training. However, the couple agrees that the practice is at least 90 per cent mind-over-matter, particularly useful given the heightened tensions involved in staging the world record-breaking kiss.
Beth Neale’s viral Instagram video lipsyncing to Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself‘ in a single breath
‘Everything went smoothly until the pressure built up a few days before our attempt,’ said Cloutier. ‘We suffered three consecutive days of failing to break the existing record. Fortunately, the day of the attempt felt nothing like it did in training.’
The record was officiated by Guinness World Records adjudicator, Swapnil Dangarikar, who flew in from India to monitor proceedings, with two official witnesses and timekeepers also present, plus a crowd of resort guests and staff.
Aside from their new world record, the couple is working to expand their reach on worldwide TV and streaming services to entice more people into experiencing the underwater world for themselves. Both have plans to film extensively along the coast of Africa this year, including South Africa and Mozambique, as well as a few other exotic Indian Ocean destinations.
‘Through sharing our underwater love story, we hope to inspire others to fall in love with the magic and wonder of the underwater world,’ said Neale. ‘You protect what you love and the oceans need all the love we can give to safeguard them for future generations to come.’
Follow the couple’s breathless journey on Instagram @onebreathbeth and @freedivingcouple.