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8 Things You Never Knew About Kissing

The only thing more fun than kissing is taking a breather to share your insider knowledge of the art form.

The longest kiss ever

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Over the course of three days in 2013, a Thai couple locked lips for 58 hours, 35 minutes, and 58 seconds, to be exact. Ekkachai Tiranarat and Laksana Tiranarat started kissing on February 12 in Pattaya, Thailand, and didn’t stop until Valentine’s Day. The smoochfest took place at an event hosted by Ripley’s Believe It or Not and was recorded by the Guinness World Records. The title was a prize in itself, but the two diamond rings they also walked away with were probably a welcome bonus. Here’s how kissing actually makes you stronger.

The longest on-screen kiss ever

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Slightly less time-consuming was the record for longest movie kiss ever recorded, the 3-minute-and-24-second liplock between two ladies in the 2010 movie Elena Undone. They broke the record previously set in 1941 in the film You’re in the Army Now, which lasted 3 minutes and 6 seconds. “The actors’ lips were glued together, so some people felt it shouldn’t count,” said filmmaker Nicole Conn. By the looks of the kiss, it’s clear that there was no glue needed.

Where you get your kissing style

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Some fun facts about kissing: Common statistics show that two-thirds of people tilt to the right when they kiss, but what’s really fascinating is that your kissing style is actually genetic. German researcher Onur Güntürkün spied on couples in public places like parks, beaches, and airports in three different countries until he was able to conclude that most of the 224 smoochers leaned right. His major conclusion: Chances are, you’re likely to lean to the right, since that’s the direction our heads tilt in the womb. Fortunately, while kissing, your right is the other person’s left, which is great news if you’re worried about going the same way and bonking heads. Don’t miss these love and marriage cartoons that are hilariously accurate.

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