inally, after years of having to watch politicians and celebrities give each other truly awful, uncomfortable handshakes, we can breathe a collective sigh of relief. This week, a reporter delivering news on Hurricane Harvey and a helpful civilian shared an on-air handshake that made us seriously proud.
Social interactions can be hard, and for those who are painfully awkward, meeting someone new can often turn into a nerve-wracking situation. Should I hug them? What do I do if they try to fist bump me? Should I fist bump them first? There are just so many things that can go wrong, and it's hard to shake a bad first impression.
Add the pressure of being filmed to an awkward introduction and the results are almost always terrible. And yes, we do say almost, because we are about to show you the first time in history a non-horrible handshake has been captured on film for your viewing pleasure.
Trust us, it's so good.
Let's start off by taking a walk down memory lane with some of the worst handshakes of all time.
We all remember this beauty between Kanye West and John Mayer, right?
We’re pretty sure John’s career has still not recovered from this. We’re still cringing.
Oh, man. That's terrible.
But also far from the worst. They get flat-out abysmal. Making matters worse, they’re all caught on camera.
Here's a pretty bad one from everyone's favorite ray of sunshine, Mel Gibson.
I don’t think Michael Strahan did anything to your hand worthy of your disgust, Mel. Don’t be rude.
To be fair, everyone knows that you just don't high five Randy Jackson.
He literally fist bumped every American Idol contestant so you know he hates touching sweaty palms with people.
Know when to pound. Know when to shake.
It can’t be coached. It’s just something that you have to know how to do.
You’ll see how tricky it can be in the next cringe-y instance.