Over at UCLA.. they're saying that the handshake needs to quickly become a thing of the past. In The Journal of The American Medical Association they say that the germs that could potentially be transferred during a handshake is so bad that we should treat it the way we treat smoking.. dangerous!!
We all know a fist bumper right? My grandpa-in-law is a habitual fist bumper. I can't blame him.. and now he has science on his side.
What should replace the handshake? The hug? The European cheek kiss?
It got me thinking.. how was the handshake invented? Here's what I found (on Wikipedia):
"The first handshake on human history is documented by the monument of Kalhu, showing the Assyrian king Shalmaneser IIIand Marduk-zakir-šumi I of Babylon shaking hands in a public display of Assyro-Babylonian friendship. Archaeological ruins and ancient texts show that handshaking was practiced in ancient Greece as far back as the 5th century BC; a depiction of two soldiers shaking hands can be found on part of a 5th-century BC funerary stele on display in the Pergamon Museum, Berlin (stele SK1708) and other funerary steles like the one of the 4th century BC which depicts Thraseas and his wife Euandria handshaking (see images on the right). The handshake is thought by some to have originated as a gesture of peace by demonstrating that the hand holds no weapon."
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