Arts & Culture » Books

Getting lippy

comment
You can smooch a man all you want in the Hoosier State — as long as you’re clean shaven. It’s illegal for a man with a mustache to "habitually kiss human beings" in Indiana.

"Kiss my ass!" It’s a rare and special insult that still packs a punch after hundreds of years. This one dates back to (at least) the 14th century.

So fervent were ancient Rome’s citizens about kissing, they invented three separate words to signify different types of kisses: oscula (friendly kisses), basia (kisses of love) and suavia (passionate kisses).

"Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves." —Albert Einstein

When initiating a first kiss, 66 percent of people turn their heads to the right.

How to make a Soul Kiss:

3/4 oz. dry vermouth

1-1/2 tsp. Dubonnet

3/4 oz. bourbon whiskey

1-1/2 tsp. orange juice

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into cocktail glass.

Why is the ubiquitous Hershey’s candy named after a kiss? Experts claim that when chocolate is extruded from factory machines, each little dollop makes a kissing sound — mwtcht! — as it hits the conveyor belt.

Tags

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.