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10 facts about smooching to celebrate International Kissing Day

83% of adults remember their first magical kiss. Which means that nearly one in five people have forgotten the first person they swapped salvia with!

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The upside down Spider-Man kiss was voted the best movie kiss by men; women prefer the passionate rain-drenched kiss in The Notebook. Both sexes voted Twilight’s Edward and Bella’s first kiss the worst movie smooch.

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For women, the ideal fantasy kiss would be with a fire fighter, shortly followed by a tradesman or police officer, musician or doctor. Poor old librarians come bottom of the pile in terms of a kiss wish list – no puckering up among the dusty shelves.

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For men the ultimate kissing partner is an airhostess. Models, teachers and librarians follow closely after, while athletes, yoga teachers and musicians also fall in the top ten. Estate agents and politicians meanwhile aren’t just unpopular in real life; they’re also the least favoured kissing partners in men’s fantasies.

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19% of people would rather pucker up with their pooch or moggie than their partners, and 43% prefer kissing their pets to their family or friends! Dogs are the most kissable pets, stealing 70% of the vote, while 20% prefer kissing their cats, 7% enjoy a smooch with the family budgie, and 2% get lippy with their reptilian pets!

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A French kiss involves a complex movement of 146 muscles – 34 in our faces and 112 in our upper bodies. Who needs the gym?

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Two thirds of people tilt their heads to the right when they kiss. German psychologists say it’s because when we’re in the womb our heads naturally tilt this way and we maintain the habit throughout our lives.

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In 1562, Italian governors banned public kissing in the city of Naples, hoping it would stop the spread of rampant plague in Europe. In 1910, the French authorities banned kissing on railway platforms though for less medical reasons – they said all the canoodling was causing train delays. In 2003, conservative Russian politicians attempted a ban on public kissing, even between married couples. Love struck pairs took to the streets and puckered up in their droves - the law never came to pass.

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According to a study by London professors, men who kiss their wives every morning live five years longer than those who don’t.

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Ever wondered why we sign off love notes and Valentine’s cards with an ‘X’ to represent a kiss? In the Middle Ages, illiterate people signed a document by marking an ‘X’ and sealing it with a kiss.

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The world record for kissing goes to a Thailand couple who smooched non-stop for 58 hours 35 minutes and 58 seconds.

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The study of kissing is known as philematology and those who practice are known as osculologists.

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The most passionate kissers on earth come from Italy, where couples share tongue action at least twice a week.

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The average person spends two weeks out of their lives kissing.

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Author: Rebecca

Rebecca lives in London with her husband, daughter and dachshund. She hopes her dating blogs for Flame Introductions will inspire you to seek out the best London and UK locations for brilliant dates, and discover some tips along the way to help you find your perfect partner.