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    'Star Trek' shields up

    US lawmakers advised to use Vulcan greeting to avoid coronavirus exposure


    https://www.space.com/coronavirus-st...-greeting.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianok View Post
    US lawmakers advised to use Vulcan greeting to avoid coronavirus exposure


    https://www.space.com/coronavirus-st...-greeting.html
    Or we could all just nod and say "Hello." This has worked in Scotland for hundreds of years. And sometimes we don't bother with the "Hello."

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    Just got back from an expo (~ 80k people, down from expected 135K). The bumping of a forearm (sometimes both but one at a time) was the most popular greeting. I now wish I hadn't gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    Just got back from an expo (~ 80k people, down from expected 135K). The bumping of a forearm (sometimes both but one at a time) was the most popular greeting. I now wish I hadn't gone.
    So, substituting one form of physical contact for another. Neat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    So, substituting one form of physical contact for another. Neat.
    Well, most people don’t touch their face with their elbows.


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    So it's advised to cough into your elbow and then greet one another with an elbow bump, I guess it beats rubbing noses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacedude View Post
    So it's advised to cough into your elbow and then greet one another with an elbow bump, I guess it beats rubbing noses.
    Again, do you rub your elbow in your face?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacedude View Post
    So it's advised to cough into your elbow and then greet one another with an elbow bump, I guess it beats rubbing noses.
    With as much mucus as I'm producing thanks to allergies right now, rubbing noses with me would be like putting your face in rubber cement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    Again, do you rub your elbow in your face?
    I'm double jointed but not that double jointed.....but if someone's infected elbow infects my elbow and then I sneeze into my elbow then that's too close for comfort.

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    We could start a poll for ideas to replace the handshake.

    - Vulcan "live long and prosper"
    - Scottish nod and optional "hello"
    - Bow, either with hand on heart or two hands together
    - Finger wiggle with optional pretend to blow a kiss
    - Elbow touch
    - Foot touch (with option of falling down because some of us have trouble standing on one leg)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    We could start a poll for ideas to replace the handshake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    We could start a poll for ideas to replace the handshake.
    When meeting someone from CosmoQuest, one persons says "Science!"" and everyone else shouts, "SCIENCE!"


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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    Scottish nod and optional "hello"
    There's also the option of making no movement whatsoever, but asking, "Y'awright?" The respondent makes a small shrug and says "Awright" in a non-committal tone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianok View Post
    US lawmakers advised to use Vulcan greeting to avoid coronavirus exposure


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    I have seen this before and my response was, proof trekiees are an advanced form of life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    There's also the option of making no movement whatsoever, but asking, "Y'awright?" The respondent makes a small shrug and says "Awright" in a non-committal tone.

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    In Iowa, people do finger waves from their cars when passing. Just wave your finger.
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    The Scottish way seems ver similar to the maritime way, look at each other and say hi or hello. Or if you are on cars you just wave at each other sometimes you do it even of you don't know each other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    In Iowa, people do finger waves from their cars when passing. Just wave your finger.
    They do that here, too. And I've learned not to be offended, my driving is just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    The Scottish way seems ver similar to the maritime way, look at each other and say hi or hello. Or if you are on cars you just wave at each other sometimes you do it even of you don't know each other.
    Ah, the importance of capitalization. I was thinking that that behaviour didn't particularly correspond to any of the nautical types I know; but, yes, Maritimes. It's not called Nova Scotia for nothing.

    A mad amount of car-waving goes on on the Scottish island of Islay. The residents wave at everyone. Elsewhere, there's a "waving at strangers in other cars" protocol on single-track roads with passing places. Some day, I'm going to write a dissertation on the styles of hand-waving employed while passing oncoming traffic on these roads--everything from "deranged little girl seeing Santa for the first time" to "raised index finger wagged once from side to side without releasing steering wheel".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    We could start a poll for ideas to replace the handshake.
    For the more geekishly minded among us: in a meeting today someone proposed to temporarily get rid of the TCP protocol, and only use UDP for networking. No handshake, you see...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacedude View Post
    So it's advised to cough into your elbow and then greet one another with an elbow bump, I guess it beats rubbing noses.
    On of my wife's many doctors just greeted us with an elbow bump. You'd cough into the inside of the elbow and bump the outside so might be ok.

    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    In Iowa, people do finger waves from their cars when passing. Just wave your finger.
    Which one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    When meeting someone from CosmoQuest, one persons says "Science!"" and everyone else shouts, "SCIENCE!"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V83JR2IoI8k
    If you shout "SCIENCE!" will that spread the coronavirus?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    If you shout "SCIENCE!" will that spread the coronavirus?

    OTOH spreading science does minimize the effects of viruses.
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    For extra protection, there's always the "air elbow", where you don't actually bump. You just wave your elbows at each other...
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    Another funeral to attend next week. She was 98 years old. I wonder how much handshaking and hugging will be going on. Elbow bumping does not seem appropriate. I think there will be lots of nods, "g'days" & "How are you goings" instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    Another funeral to attend next week. She was 98 years old. I wonder how much handshaking and hugging will be going on. Elbow bumping does not seem appropriate. I think there will be lots of nods, "g'days" & "How are you goings" instead.
    Sorry, ozduck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    Sorry, ozduck.
    At 98 years old she had fully lived her life and, from what I have heard from her son, she had simply had enough and was unworried to go.

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    That Vulcan that met Zefram Cochrane looked very uncomfortable when he realised he had to make physical contact with the monkey.

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