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Getting lippy

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.


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