In early times, people carried weapons in their right hands. When someone wanted to show another that they wished to be friendly, they extended an empty right hand showing that it held no weapon. To make sure that neither could suddenly draw a weapon, they grasped each other’s hand firmly until sure they were in agreement. The actual shaking of the hands may have been for the purpose of dislodging any hidden weapons.   ~ Reference.com

2 thoughts on “Factoid

  1. Pingback: Factoid Friday – Aluminum and Google « James R. Eberts

  2. ldsrr91

    I was just writing on this very same thing the other day, we must be on the same page.

    Can you email me the link on that thing you had with the shark and the guy in the kayak?




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