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Valentine’s Day has arrived. It’s hard to miss when the shops are chock-full of heart-clad cards and the supermarkets have entire aisles dedicated to overly sweet chocolates, also heart-shaped. Either join the bandwagon or go against it, here are some fun facts about kissing around the world!

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 Kiss for freedom

Ellis Island has become a special landmark for immigrant families whose ancestors arrived from Europe and the rest of the world. The kissing post, just an ordinary pillar, became famous as the spot where immigrants would be reunited with their family members. The kissing post has become a symbol for reunions, new beginnings and above all, freedom.

The seal of approval

In Russia, a kiss from the Tsar was regarded as the highest recognition you could receive. If you plan to ever meet the Pope, remember that you should kneel before him and kiss his ring (which customarily was used to seal documents with wax) in order to pay respect. The same goes when you meet a bishop.

Kiss for luck

Blarney Stone

If you really need some extra luck, get yourself some flights to Ireland. It is believed that kissing the Blarney Stone is will grant you what’s called the gift of the gab which pretty much means the skill to flatter. The Blarney Stone is part of Blarney Castle, just 8km from Cork.

No kissing allowed

Every country has its own funny laws but the US seems to be king as its laws vary from state to state. In Indiana it is considered illegal for a man with a moustache to “habitually kiss human beings.” If you’re married in Hartford, Connecticut watch out because it’s illegal to kiss your wife on a Sunday. How about Cedar Rapids, Iowa where it’s a crime to kiss a total stranger.

Where to kiss?

Loveland

If you’re looking for romantic spots to lock lips, check out this post Where to kiss around the world: top 10 “love” destinations. How about under the balcony at Juliette’s House in Verona, where Romeo and Juliet proclaimed their love (albeit fictionally).  For those with an erotic side, Jeju Loveland in South Korea attracts a lot of attention for its 140 sculptures representing all the positions from the Karma Sutra.

All that being said, you can burn 26 calories if you kiss for one minute! Something to keep in mind after you eat all your Valentine’s Day sweets.

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day this year?

Imgs: brosner, Phillie Casablanca, steveslep  / Flickr cc.

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