I remember, not that long ago, when shaking hands was just a greeting and a show of respect. You'd shake hands in formal situations like job interviews, or if you met someone for the first time, or if you bumped in to an old mate you hadn't seen for ages. You didn't have to think about your handshake and you wouldn't judge someone else by their's. Then, probably some time in the mid 90s, some nobhead lifestyle guru in some nobhead lifestyle magazine suggested that we should judge people by their handshake and the way to go was firm. The firmer the better. So from then on, whenever you offered your hand to someone it was met with a vice like grip. Not wanting to be outdone, you gave the same back. Men being men, the whole thing turned in to a competition. Now, if someone offers you their hand, they don't want to shake it, they want a ******* battle and if one of you doesn't come away with their metacarpals in splinters it's a poor show. Enough already. Let's just ******* stop it, find the daft b'astard who suggested this was all a good idea, break his hands and go back to the way it was.