Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentine's Day Fun Facts on Love

On average, a human being will have sex more than 3,000 times and spend two weeks kissing in their lifetime.
(that's once a day for only 8.2 years!)

Experts insist that the average person falls in love seven times before marriage.

On average, a woman kisses about 79 men before getting married.

Your lips are 100 times more sensitive than the tips of your fingers. A real kiss quickens your pulse to 100 beats a minute.

Men who kiss their wives every morning before going to work live 5 years longer than all others.
(they are also more successful in business, more hard working, and earns more money)

* 2 out of 5 have married their first love.
* Only 4% asked the parents' approval for their bride's hand.
* 1 in 5 men proposed on his knees.
* 6% propose over the phone.
(wonder how many said yes...)

...and for the cynics out there...

Love was originally invented by Microsoft, thus explaining its chronic instability.

Eight out of 10 women in their twenties fear that they will never find a soulmate.

72% of men admit to fantasizing about their workmates.

The worst place for love and romance to survive is the United States - Americans hold the record for the highest divorce rate in the world.

With the increasing use of Internet dating, rates of both casual sex and divorces increase.
(I can only attest to the accuracy of the first..)

You may have thought it was just a turn of phrase, but no. It's official. Love makes people crazy according to researchers at the University of London. For starters, falling in love causes serotonin levels in the brain to drop, causing obsession. Then it increases production of cortisol, a stress hormone that causes high blood pressure and potential loss of sleep. And to make matters worse, when we look at our new loves, the neural circuits that control social judgment are suppressed, which may explain the phrase "blinded by love."
(good thing then that sex releases hormones that make you relax!)
(come to think of it, I could use a little crazy right about now...)

In Ancient Greece, pederasty, a same-sex relationship between an older man, known as the erastes, and a beardless boy, the paidika became a cultural ideal. The relationship would end once the boy reached puberty.
(oh eww gross!)

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