I’ll answer the radioactive banana question at the end, but first….
Today’s little shocker is:
On average, a human will spend two weeks kissing in his/her lifetime.
This is according to Snapple who inserts such highly researched statistics under their bottle caps.
But tell, me, honestly…
when you read the factoid, did you think of the kind of lip-locking that comes from tongue-twining sexual encounters???
You should know there’s lots of other kissing going on.
Adolescent Kissing: which is more of an icebreaker. A first foray into intimacy. Anyone remember those games?? Spin the bottle. Seven minutes in heaven (or the variation: Two Minutes in the Closet)? WhooHoo!
Then there’s A Kiss of Affection: Think of those smooches you plant on top a your baby’s head. Or dear friends. Or you mother-in-law who is finally wrapping up her visit and leaving. (More WhooHoo!)
Ritual kissing includes bride and groom during the ceremony. Smooching the hands of royals or lip-smacking the Godfather’s ring.
Religious kissing encompasses a big category. Planting a smooch on an icon, or the Pope’s feet is a sign of respect. It also includes holy relics and rosary beads….but not the religious leader. (That might fall in the Romatic category)
And finally, there’s the Kiss of Friendship which has devolved into air kisses on each cheek, but in Jesus’ time, used to be a greeting. (Bad Judas. Bad)
What a great way to add more texture and depth to the characters as we write our fiction. Have them kiss for a meaning other than the one we usually think of.
They can kiss the ground when they go to different countries (like Pope John Paul II), or the floor of the temple, or their partners footsteps.The options are many…the meanings unlimited.
And…If you think you’re falling behind the bell curve in your personal kissing average, no sweat. Smooch some icons. Start with the Blarney stone—it’s supposed to grant the gift of gab.
You’ll want to gab about this:
Bananas, like most organic material, naturally contain a certain amount of radioactive isotopes—even in the absence of any artificial pollution or contamination. The BED (Banana Equivalent Dose) only lasts a few hours or the time it takes to digest the potassium.
Go out and kiss something. You’ll feel better. Just bring the
story back and tell us.