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Lipstickory: The Colorful History of Lipstick

Extra glossy, bright reds, neutrals, mattes, sparkly – with the number of new spins that make up companies put on lipstick, you’d think that it was a relatively new invention. But upon investigating the origins of lipstick, I surprised to discover that women over the past millennia have gone to great (though sometimes a bit unsavory) […]

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Cause to Kiss the Ground

by Vic Shayne A teenager of eighteen years goes off to war in 1941 and is sent to the Pacific Theatre. In 1945 he returns a man who spends years in a dreadful Japanese POW camp, tortured and forced on a death march. He barely comes out alive and loses all of his closest friends. […]

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The Art of Kissing Comes Naturally

I’d like to know who it was that first thought, “hey, wouldn’t it be a fabulous if, at the same time as I kiss what’s her face on the mouth, I just stick my tongue out?” I mean, it doesn’t really sound like a brilliant idea on paper. Is that one of those romantic things […]

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One Kiss, Good Knight

In the Dark Ages, it was a common practice for knights to kiss one another before going into battle. The question arises: How dark were the dark ages if knights were going around kissing one another in a foreign land while their hot-to-go maidens were waiting alone back in the castle?   Thanks to Medieval scholar, […]

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Origin of the New Year’s Kiss

Where did the tradition of kissing on New Year’s come from? Historians date this practice back to the Ancient Romans who would throw a big party every New Year’s Eve called the Festival of Saturnalia where they would kiss and generally debauch one another as much as possible. Later on, the English and Germans would celebrate […]

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Kiss Like an Egyptian

The upper class of ancient Egyptian women wore lipstick. The Turin papyrus, a kind of Egyptian Kamasutra, shows a woman painting her lips with a brush. The famous bust of Nefertiti sports some luscious lips, painted a lusty red. Of course, along the Nile they were fresh out of L’Oreal, so Egyptian ladies painted their lips […]

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Mistletoe’s Scandalous Scandanavian Origins

As the holidays approach, many of us look for every opportunity to maneuver ourselves under the mistletoe in the hopes of logging a little extra kissing time before the New Year .   But while engaged in this noble pursuit, how often do we ponder where the tradition of locking lips under a sparse little plant […]