I happened to read an old article about the mechanics of “human Love” which appeared in TIME magazine (Jan. 28, 2008) under the title, “The science of romance: Why we love,” and was drawn to the word, “Chemical Mickey” in the following sentence:
“At the moment of a kiss, there's a rich and complicated exchange of postural, physical and chemical information," says (psychologist Gordon) Gallup. "There are hardwired mechanisms that process all this. What's more, every kiss may also carry a chemical Mickey, slipped in by the male. Though testosterone is found in higher concentrations in men than in women, it is present in both genders and is critical in maintaining arousal states.” http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1704672,00.html
I noticed that ABC News (Jan. 1, 2008) also picked up the similar research by incorporating the same word into the news;
“The man is sort of slipping a chemical mickey that acts as an aphrodisiac on the woman," Kluger said. That kiss could potentially determine whether a couple's genes are compatible enough to produce a healthy offspring.”
What does “Chemical Mickey” mean? Is the word, Mickey used as a metonym of a mysterious or powerful substance?