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Yes I knew it, SFA...from the voracious reading of my childhood, maybe 65 years ago now, yup maybe around age ten I was fascinated by that fact. But now, we don't even get close enough for elbow bumps any more, from concern over the virus in the hand of my enemy!

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I guess the fun fact must have something to do with handshaking...?

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What is the fun fact? The image doesn't show for me. :(

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Hi Tink, I can see the image, and here is the caption on a bas-relief of two ancient Greeks or Romans shaking hands...

"Handshakes were originally meant to make sure the person you were meeting wasn't carrying a concealed weapon. The handclasp proved that your hand was empty and the shaking motion was meant to dislodge any weapons hiding up the sleeve." :'(

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I heard about the no-weapons-in-the-hand part (beware of lefties, however), but not the sleeve-hidden part. 

However, there is Biblical attestation to beware of lefties... Judges 3:14-22 :ermm:

14 So the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years.

15 But when the children of Israel cried unto the Lord, the Lord raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man lefthanded: and by him the children of Israel sent a present unto Eglon the king of Moab.

16 But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it under his raiment upon his right thigh.

17 And he brought the present unto Eglon king of Moab: and Eglon was a very fat man.

18 And when he had made an end to offer the present, he sent away the people that bare the present.

19 But he himself turned again from the quarries that were by Gilgal, and said, I have a secret errand unto thee, O king: who said, Keep silence. And all that stood by him went out from him.

20 And Ehud came unto him; and he was sitting in a summer parlour, which he had for himself alone. And Ehud said, I have a message from God unto thee. And he arose out of his seat.

21 And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly:

22 And the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat closed upon the blade, so that he could not draw the dagger out of his belly; and the dirt came out.

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Tink that is SO intriguing, I read it three times, Judges is one of the books I have read very little and it's nice to savour your sample.

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There are some good stories in Judges, e.g.,, Samson and Delilah, and Jephthah and his daughter.

edit: ugh, it says video unavailable... if that happens to you, just copy and paste

www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8MtVjSGRmY

into your browser, and you can get to it, although you might have to skip an ad first.

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No, Peter Paul and Mary song worked fine for me -- prolly has to do with the fact that Long Island and Washington State are actually different countries, you know... 8-)

I did not realize Samson & Delilah were in Judges, and will want to look up the story of Jephthah and daughter!

Oh this is interesting...now the bas-relief originally posted by SFA has collapsed into a ? mark, but I can still see it where he posted it below in an answer!

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It is interesting.

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I can’t see what I posted either!

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:D............image

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Hope everyone can see this..

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But the guy on the right doesn't have any sleeves... in fact, he looks (gasp) nekked:O

And what's that in his left hand...? A big club? :ermm:

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I can see it SFA, but now the copy in your original question has collapsed into a little blue box with "?".

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I can’t see anything there at all from my original post.

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