It seems to me that I have seen the elbow bump as being an even better method of reducing germ transmission.
And I do know that there was some research that found that a kiss transferred less germs than a handshake. I know there was the research because I remember a comedy show showing a business meeting descending (ascending?) into a rather passionate affair. Whether the research is correct, I don't know. Here is a reference (google is a great tool!)
@Antedeluvian: The residents at my mom's retirement village [...] employ the elbow bump.
Well -- I learn something new every day -- I just Googled this myself (you aren't the only one who knows how to Google LOL) -- according to this Wikipedia page, "An early popularization of the elbow bump began outside the Kalaupapa Leprosy Settlement in 1969..."
I'm not very into handshakes myself. I mean I don't extend my hand first, though I will shake that of another. I recently introduced a couple of people just casually just offering names. They didn't shake hands. I don't know if that's a gender thing because these were women or if it was a contextual thing, as this wasn't a business introduction, just a polite one because I knew the two women from two different contexts. My guess is that men from an American or European background would feel more obliged to shake hands upon introduction. Currently, we're in a generation of obsessive hand-sanitizers, so I suppose many would prefer not to come into direct contact. I think it's an opportunity to bring gloves back as an indispensable fashion accessory.
@antedeluvian interesting, yes, some men do use handshakes as regular greeting, and in some more casual contexts that turns into slaps on the back, etc. As for the son shaking his mother's hand, that's an interesting one. We'd have to do some research to ascertain if that is indeed a Swiss custom or unique to this particular family.
Wow, look at all the extra storage you would have in one of those. You could probably lighten your luggage a bit by keeping the stuff you want to access quickly in the pockets of that kilt. That guy had the right idea, think of all the beer cans you could stash. Of course, I suspect going through the terminal inspection process might be a bit frantic.
Slightly further off topic, but not totally unrelated, you might have seen this already, but "not bending over" reminded me of this music video by Weird Al <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-0TEJMJOhk>
We once overnighted at a hotel just next to the Atlanta airport. We walked across the road to a Ruby Tuesdays for a late supper. I have NEVER seen so many weirdos in one place. For a while I was scared that someone would turn on us for being too normal. One guy who walked in was wearing the black kilt and he was pretty low-key compared to the rest of the bunch.
Two English girls, Jean and Mary, are at the Highland Games. They are marvelling at the brawny scots tossing cabers around and suchlike. Jean says to Mary "I wonder if they wear anything under the kilt?" "I don't know" replies Mary.
Jean says "Well why don't we ask one of them? You go and ask that one there, he looks friendly!"
So Mary timidly approaches the brawny Scot. "Excuse me", she says, Can you tell me if anything's worn under the kilt?"
"Nooo!" he replies, "Everything's in purrfect worrrking orrder!"
@David: Two English girls, Jean and Mary, are at the Highland Games...
That reminds me of an old bagpipes joke.
So there's this scotsman who plays in a bagpipe marching band.
One Saturday the band plays all afternoon, marching up and down the high street.
At the end of the afternoon he retires to the pub (bar) for a refreshing drink. Half way through he leaps to his feet and exclaims: "Oh no -- I left my bagpipes on the back seat of my car where anyone can see them!"
He runs out to his car, but it's too late...
...even though he locked the doors, someone has broken into the car and dumped a load more bagpipes in there LOL
@antedeluvian "I have NEVER seen so many weirdos in one place. For a while I was scared that someone would turn on us for being too normal."
If you were the only "normal" one in the crowd, wouldn't that make you the weirdo? And how do you know that you're "too normal?" I know people like Max walking around thinking they are perfectly normal, but we know better, right? :-)
Karen asked: Are kilts strictly for men, or can a woman wear one and would it still be a kilt in that case?
My understanding is that for women a "kilt" usually means a "Scottish kilt" which is a knee-length wrap-around skirt with unpleated overlapping panels in the front called "aprons" and pleated sides and back. When she wears it it's still a kilt.
@kfield: I was excitedly reading through this article waiting for more detail on the Zombie Apocalypse. I feel like you did a bait and switch, at least with half the headline!
Dang -- I suppose I should have closed the circle at the end by explicitly pointing out that, even though the use of fist bumps cuts down on the spread of infectious agents , it probably wouldn't help much in the case of a full-blown Zombie Apocalypse -- I hang my head in shame (sad face)
Interesting how this leftist website leaves out societal collapse, especially with the recent history of the credit crunch. It was THE big fear for the survivalists in the 1970's and with Y2K. I guess it's not on 'message'. Here's a quote from Wikipedia.
The House of Cards, a society that has grown to be so large and include so many complex social institutions that it is inherently unstable and prone to collapse. This type of society has been seen with particular frequency among Eastern bloc and other communist nations, in which all social organizations are arms of the government or ruling party, such that the government must either stifle association wholesale (encouraging dissent and subversion) or exercise less authority than it asserts (undermining its legitimacy in the public eye).
By contrast, as Alexis de Tocquevilleobserved, when voluntary and private associations are allowed to flourish and gain legitimacy at an institutional level, they complement and often even supplant governmental functions: They provide a "safety valve" for dissent, assist with resource allocation, provide for social experimentation without the need for governmental coercion, and enable the public to maintain confidence in society as a whole even during periods of governmental weakness.
It is not surprising that the leftist blogs leave out the most reliable predictor of the future - the Bible.
Guess what? The combination of an evil dictator who tries to annihilate anyone who disagrees with him, and a bunch of well placed meteors is just about all it takes to bring down the bulk of the human race.
@Max: re zombies... if you were able to watch the Spanish TV, you would discover that the Zombie Apocalypsis has already started around the Balearic Islands.
Have you ever heard about the bath salts drug? One of the side effects when in overdose is that people gets extremely violent and uncontrolled... and even bites!! -- this very bad drug makes you behave like an authentic zombie!!
@Max: "The world is such a wonderful place, why do people do this stuff?".
All I can say is that, after watching the videos on TV, I'm afraid that the ones under the devastating effects of this drug were not enjoying their time... and neither were the almost 10 policemen that were trying to stop a single "drug-zombie" guy!
Given the misery that these drugs cause their victims and the rest of the human race in close proximity, it's time for the west to toughen up a bit. Does the human race really need the guys who sell this stuff? The death penalty is warranted for this I reckon.
It's funny how things work sometimes -- just yesterday (only a day or so after publishing this blog) I heard another report on the NPR talking about the origin of the High Five.
It seems they can tie the actual date down to October 1977 in the Dodger's Baseball Stadium when young player Glenn Burke exuberantly ran onto the field to congratulate his teammate Dusty Baker for scoring a wicket or a field goal or something (I'm not all that familiar with American sports).
According to the Wikipedia: "Burke raised his hand over his head as Baker jogged home from third base. Not knowing what to do about the upraised hand, Baker slapped it."
According to the NPR program, the reporters started talking about it and writing about it and the word spread. In fact, believe it or not, the Dodgers even trademarked the High Five.