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Pucker Up

Little did you know going under the mistletoe could be a workout? Check out these 10 sizzling kissing facts and get your burn on!

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• French kissing involves all 34 muscles in the face; a pucker kiss only involves two.

• The orbicularis oris, aka the “kissing muscle,”allows the lips to pucker.

• When kissing, your heart beats faster, more oxygenreaches your brain and oxytocin — the “love hormone” — is released into your body.

• Kissing can lower the levels of cortisol in your body.

• One minute of kissing burns 2 to 5 calories.

• Two out of three people turn their head to the right when kissing.

• The fear of kissing is called philemaphobia.

• Lips are 100 times more sensitive than the tips of the fingers.

• The World’s Longest Kiss was 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds. (If you’re doing the math, that’s about 7,000 to 17,000 calories!)

• And one ewww: When you kiss, you exchange between 10 million and 1 billion bacteria.