To hell with old school. Here’s to fist bumps.

germs, bacteria,

A strong handshake is almost twice as effective as a weak one in transferring bacteria such as E. coli from one person to another, according to a study conducted in the UK and reported in The New York Times. A moderately strong handshake, in turn, transfers about twice as many bacteria as a high-five. A fist bump is even more hygienic than a high-five.

~ A Firm Handshake, a Lot of Bacteria from The Daily Stat via NY Times: The Upside of a Wimpy Handshake

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  1. Alex Jones says:

    I like the oriental greetings of bowing but not touching which the people from Nepal do here in Colchester.

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  2. or a friendly wave, a head nod, a smile ?

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  3. I will have to rethink my dentist’s wimpy handshake now

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  4. We may get germy, but at least we know their sword hand is empty.

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  5. My europeans side of the family kiss automatically – we’re doomed.

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  6. I say back to old-old-school with pinky-square – short contact, minimum surface area… 🙂

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  7. I don’t care–I don’t trust someone with a wimpy handshake in the same way that, as an Italian, I don’t trust people who don’t eat bread. Besides, exposure to germs is what strengthens my immune system.

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  8. I’d like to think that the germ craze is a bit overrated David. I’ll shake your hand and take my chances. No flu shot, no compulsive hand washing here either. I’ve had one cold in the last 3 years. It’s probably luck though. 🙂

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