The hard rock band KISS, known for their wild stage makeup and intense pyrotechnics, will not be inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame this year (for the 11th year in a row.)

Fans insist this is a major diss, but critics who consider KISS a gimmick band (despite their 24 gold albums) think that they have no place among the 288 inductees.

Hype around the KISS snub inspired curiousity about the band’s name. Surely it can’t simply refer to the wholesome act of smooching? Is it an acronym?

Rumors would have you believe that KISS is an acronym for “Knights In Satan’s Service” or “Keep It Simple Stupid.”

But a more accepted story says that in 1973, band co-founders Paul Stanley and drummer Peter Criss were driving in New York City when Criss mentioned that he’d been in a band called Lips. This inspired Stanley, and he came up with the name KISS.

A logo was drawn up in which the “SS” resembled lightning bolts, and then the name was handwritten over the band’s name at the time — Wicked Lester — on a poster outside of a club.

The stylization of the “SS” resembled the insignia of the Nazi SS, which is illegal to display in Germany. So, the logo was eventually modified to look like a “ZZ” on band merchandise sold in Germany.

This point carries special significance because band leader Gene Simmons’ mother is a Holocaust survivor.

Simmons was born in Israel as Chaim Witz. He immigrated to the U.S. as a child, where he took the name Eugene Klein and eventually went by Gene. His mother’s maiden name is Klein.

In the 1960s, he changed his name yet again. This time he chose Gene Simmons to honor rockabilly performer Jumpin’ Gene Simmons. Jumpin’ Gene was born in Mississippi and at one point performed as an opening act for Elvis Presley.

Lady Gaga’s name also honors a legendary rock star. Do you know who it is? Here’s the answer.

Danger signs; LETTERS. here symptoms of meningitis

Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales) July 23, 2009 SIR – We at the Meningitis Trust are urging everybody not to mistake the signs and symptoms of meningitis with those of swine flu.

While they can both start out with common flu-like symptoms, differentiating them can be potentially life-saving as meningitis can strike in minutes and kill within hours.

Recognising the symptoms of meningitis can be difficult as many of its symptoms are similar to swine flu. The rash that is commonly associated with meningitis doesn’t appear in all cases, so it is vital that people are aware of the other symptoms.

Rapid deterioration will take hold if left untreated – symptoms can appear together and some may not appear at all. They include fever (possibly with cold hands and feet), headache, stiff neck, dislike of bright lights, drowsiness, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and confusion. In babies, an unusual cry, dislike of being handled and refusing feeds are also signs that can point to meningitis. If in doubt, always seek urgent medical advice.

We produce and distribute free credit card-sized symptoms cards for people to keep in their wallets and purses. To request one, call our freephone 24-hour nurse-led helpline on 0800 028 18 28 or visit our website at www.meningitis-trust.org We are urging everyone to trust their instincts – if people are concerned about their own, or someone else’s health, they must seek medical attention immediately. go to site symptoms of meningitis

NHS Direct has an online symptoms checker to help differentiate meningitis and swine flu. It is to be found at www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk BRIDIE TAYLOR Services and Education Director, Meningitis Trust


  1. Michael -  April 23, 2014 - 9:51 am

    A shame you commentators have to be so retarded. Not one capable of creating one simple intelligent sentence…

  2. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  November 26, 2013 - 4:43 am

    Maybe KISS stands for Kill Irritating Severus Snape.

  3. Mike Hunt -  August 18, 2013 - 6:27 am

    I like turtles

  4. bradley copley -  July 13, 2013 - 2:34 pm

    music is the the reason killings are happening specially with guns. KISS lyrics has never said anything about killing someone.

  5. sweetpea -  October 8, 2010 - 5:41 pm

    I ahte KISS and their music. They are purely satanic.

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