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5 Shockingly Violent Back Stories of Everyday Traditions

#5. Handshakes Were to Check for Murder Weapons
You see, in the distant past, extending an empty hand was more than a friendly gesture — it was an indication that a person wasn’t holding some sort of sharp rock/knife/wrist-mounted miniature catapult about to be used against you. As history progressed, the practice became more and more complicated to address increasing fears: When ancient Romans got together, for example, they latched onto each other’s arms clear up to the elbow to feel for daggers hidden up sleeves.

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"Mmmkay, so no killin’ each other. Deal?"

5 Shockingly Violent Back Stories of Everyday Traditions

#5. Handshakes Were to Check for Murder Weapons

You see, in the distant past, extending an empty hand was more than a friendly gesture — it was an indication that a person wasn’t holding some sort of sharp rock/knife/wrist-mounted miniature catapult about to be used against you. As history progressed, the practice became more and more complicated to address increasing fears: When ancient Romans got together, for example, they latched onto each other’s arms clear up to the elbow to feel for daggers hidden up sleeves.

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