Why Do We Shake Hands?

From Origin Of Everything.

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Will we ever shake hands again?! With the current state of the world, no one can really say. But that got us wondering… why do we shake hands in the first place? Today, Danielle traces the history of the handshake from Babylonia and the early Greeks to the present.

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