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Kissing Facts

Learn about myriad facts on kissing from round the world. Right from the longest kiss, to African custom on kissing, and from Eskimo's refrain from kissing to where kissing is prohibited. Read and forward these facts on kissing by clicking here.
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The scientific name for kissing is philematology. 

Eskimos, Polynesians and Malaysians rub noses instead of kissing.

In Russia, the highest sign of recognition was a kiss from the Tsar.

Victorian etiquette required a man to kiss the back of a ladies hand. 

African tribes pay homage to their Chief by kissing the ground where he has walked. 

In Ireland, it is believed that you will have good luck if you kiss the Blarney Stone. 

You burn 26 calories in a one minute kiss. 

Longest kiss - 29 hours by contestants in the "Breath Savers Longest Kiss Challenge" in New York on March 24, 1998. 

Longest underwater kiss - 2 minutes and 18 seconds in Tokyo, Japan, on April 2, 1980. 

First movie kiss - John C Rice kissed May Irwin in the film called "The Kiss" (1896). 

Most kisses in a single movie - 127 in the movie "Don Juan" (1927). Mary Astor and Estelle Taylor got all of those kisses from John Barrymore. 

Longest movie kiss - 3 minutes and 5 seconds between Jane Wyman and Regis Tommey in, "You're in the Army Now" (1941).

World's Longest Kiss
April 5, 1999: Karmit Tsubera and Dror Orpaz kissed for a record 30 hours and 45 minutes to win a kissing contest in Rubin Square, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Beware where you kiss!
In some places kissing is a crime - it's illegal in Indiana for a moustached man to "habitually kiss human beings", in Hartford, Connecticut it's illegal for a husband to kiss his wife on Sunday, and in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, it's a crime to kiss a stranger.
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