Wednesday, November 7, 2012

20 Fun Facts About Romance

I don't know about you, but I'm up to here with all of the heavy election stuff.
It's time for something a little lighter!

Since one of the main themes of Madily in Love is adding some zest to your marriage, I thought it would be fun to find some facts about this little thing we call romance. 

So here you go...20 fun facts about romance. My favorite? #20! What's yours?

  1. 40% of people who are rejected in romantic love slip into clinical depression. 
  2. It's possible to die from a broken heart; it's called Stress Cardiomyopathy. 
  3. Close to 110 million roses (mostly red) will be purchased and delivered around Valentine's Day in the U.S. 
  4. Approximately 141 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged worldwide every year. 
  5. The average person in their lifetime will spend an estimated 20,160 minutes kissing! 
  6. People are more likely to tilt their heads to the right when kissing instead of the left (65 percent of people go to the right!) 
  7. Historically, sweat has been an active ingredient in perfume and love potions. 
  8. Couples' personalities converge over time to make partners more and more similar. 
  9. Men who kiss their wives in the morning live five years longer than those who don't. 
  10. 'X' became symbolic for a kiss because in the middle ages when alot of people were illiterate and they used to sign documents with an X and then kiss it for sincerity. 
  11. In medieval Italy, if a man was caught kissing a woman in public, he had to marry her whether he liked it or not. 
  12. 8 out of 10 people think that the first kiss indicates how the rest of the relationship will be. 
  13. Two out of five marry their first love. 
  14. A team of medical experts in Virginia contends that you're more likely to catch the common cold virus by shaking hands than by kissing. 
  15. The most popular month to get engaged is December, with 19% of engagements taking place. The least popular month is January, with only 4%. 
  16. One in 5 men proposes on one knee. 
  17. Romance Novels are more popular than ever. 53% of all mass market paperback books sold in this country are Romances. Romance novels earn more money in the USA yearly than baseball! So, what's the national pastime? 
  18. The longest kiss listed in the Guinness Book of World Records lasted an incredible 417 hours! 
  19. Fifty-eight percent of men would rather their partner surprise them with a gift than ask what they would like.
  20. A fairly passionate kiss burns an average of 9 calories. 

Have any fun romance facts to add?


Loree Huebner said...

Great list of facts! I love that kissing burns calories!

Lynda Lee Schab said...

I know, Loree! I love that one! Who knew? :-)

quietspirit said...

These are interesting. I like each of them but I especially lie #20. Nine calories, huh?