Fun Facts

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The First Toga Parties
Livy, the great Roman historian, wrote about them with disdain: "From the time ... men intermixed with women ... there was nothing wicked [that] had not been practiced among them." He was referring to the Bacchanalia, Roman religious festivals honoring the wine god, Bacchus. At first they were secret, open only to women, and held just three times a year. But then men were admitted and--what do you know--the celebrations became as frequent as five times a month. In 186 B.C., their reputation as drunken orgies led the Roman Senate to prohibit them throughout the land. (Source unknown)

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The scientific name for the study of kissing is philematology. Philamamania is the compulsion to kiss, and a philematophobe is one who dislikes kissing.

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Canadians are having sex an average of 108 times a year; Americans 113, compared to the global average of 103 times a year. The Greeks are having the most sex: 138 times a year!

- 2005 Durex Global Sex Survey

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The record for most kisses in a movie is 127 in Don Juan (1927). Actresses Mary Astor and Estelle Taylor received all of them–from John Barrymore.

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“Fifty-eight percent of men would rather their partner surprise them with a gift than ask what they would like.”

- Marilyn Graman, psychotherapist and co-author of There is No Prince

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A fairly passionate kiss burns an average of 9 calories.

- Betty Goldblatt, RD, MPH, The Kissing Diet

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The average person in their lifetime will spend an estimated 20,160 minutes kissing!