TODAY   |  November 25, 2013

Fist bumps are healthier than shaking hands

First bumping has gone mainstream as a way of saying hello, and now researchers found out that the trendy greeting technique reduces the spread of bacteria compared to shaking hands. TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie reports.

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>> apparently not only is it super cool , it's also good for you. there have been research that shows it's actually better than a handshake. recently scientists looked into this and determined that you actually spread more germs if you do a full on handshake.

>> right.

>> instead of the fist bump .

>> a principal of mine at the twins school does a fist bump instead of shaking hands in the morning.

>> exactly.

>> we all know what it means when barrack and michelle obama did it during the presidential campaign and everybody was doing it.

>> howie mandell has been doing it.

>> would you do it at like a business meeting?

>> no.

>> the only mistake people make i think is the explosion at the end.

>> boom!

>> well, a friend of mine