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* ''Series/{{Community}}'' has a {{UST}}-filled moment where Jeff and [[{{Adorkable}} Annie]] alternate trying to hug while the other goes for a handshake, until Jeff decides to [[AffectionateGestureToTheHead pat her head]].

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* ''Series/{{Community}}'' has a {{UST}}-filled moment where Jeff and [[{{Adorkable}} Annie]] Annie alternate trying to hug while the other goes for a handshake, until Jeff decides to [[AffectionateGestureToTheHead pat her head]].


* In ''WesternAnimation/FernGullyTheLastRainforest'', Zac offers a handshake to Crysta. Unfamiliar with the concept of shaking hands, she just sticks her hand out at Zac's face.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/FernGullyTheLastRainforest'', Zac Zak offers a handshake to Crysta. Unfamiliar with the concept of shaking hands, she just sticks her hand out at Zac's Zak's face.


* ''Fanfic/TheBoltChronicles'': When first meeting, Mindy Parker and Penny twice offer each other a hug and handshake before finally settling on a mutual hug, in “The Cameo.”

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* ''Fanfic/TheBoltChronicles'': When first meeting, Mindy Parker and Penny twice offer each other a simultaneous hug and handshake before finally settling on a mutual hug, in “The Cameo.”


* ''Fanfic/TheBoltChronicles'': Occurs in “The Cameo” between Mindy Parker and Penny. They finally settle on a mutual hug after simultaneously offering a hug and handshake twice when first meeting.

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* ''Fanfic/TheBoltChronicles'': Occurs in “The Cameo” between When first meeting, Mindy Parker and Penny. They finally settle on a mutual hug after simultaneously offering Penny twice offer each other a hug and handshake twice when first meeting. before finally settling on a mutual hug, in “The Cameo.”

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* ''Fanfic/TheBoltChronicles'': Occurs in “The Cameo” between Mindy Parker and Penny. They finally settle on a mutual hug after simultaneously offering a hug and handshake twice when first meeting.


--->[[NeverLiveItDown I almost got myself shipped back to the academy for remedial training.]]

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--->[[NeverLiveItDown I --->"I almost got myself shipped back to the academy for remedial training.]]"


--->[[NeverLiveItDown It was a while]] before I was allowed on any more Away missions.

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--->[[NeverLiveItDown It was a while]] before I was allowed on any more Away missions.almost got myself shipped back to the academy for remedial training.]]


** In the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Innocence", Chakotay relates how he used the wrong gesture of greeting (which it turned out had to be gender-specific) and accidentally proposed to the alien ambassador.

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** In the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Innocence", Chakotay relates how he used the wrong gesture of greeting (which it turned out had to be gender-specific) and accidentally proposed to propositioned the alien ambassador.


* This can happen fairly easily when people from certain countries in the Mediterranean and Latin America meet each other. You see, it's pretty common in both regions for people to greet each other with a handshake plus a sort of air-kiss where you sort of bump cheeks and do the kiss thing with your lips but don't quite kiss the other person's cheek. This is not considered sexual, familial, or even particularly affectionate; it's just how people say hello. The problem is that while in most countries that do this, they do more than one kiss, beyond that there's no consistency. Some places do two kisses, others thee, a few even do four. Thus when people from countries with different customs meet, you often either end up with one person feeling the other one was rude or shy for giving an insufficient number of kisses, or with someone feeling put out by the excessive kissiness of their counterpart.

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* This can happen fairly easily when people from certain countries in the Mediterranean and Latin America meet each other. You see, it's pretty common in both regions for people to greet each other with a handshake plus a sort of air-kiss where you sort of bump cheeks and do the kiss thing with your lips but don't quite kiss the other person's cheek. This is not considered sexual, familial, or even particularly affectionate; it's just how people say hello. The problem is that while in most countries that do this, they do more than one kiss, beyond that there's no consistency. Some places do two kisses, others thee, three, a few even do four. Thus when people from countries with different customs meet, you often either end up with one person feeling the other one was rude or shy for giving an insufficient number of kisses, or with someone feeling put out by the excessive kissiness of their counterpart.


** A variant occurs in an episode in which Rachel is interviewing for a job at Ralph Lauren. At the end of the interview, the interviewer says goodbye and embraces her. Taken aback by this, she impulsively pecks him on the cheek. Comic misunderstandings ensue.

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** A variant occurs in an episode in which Rachel is interviewing for a job at Ralph Lauren. At the end of the interview, the interviewer says goodbye and embraces reaches to open the door for her. Taken aback by this, As she impulsively steps towards the door this inadvertently brings their faces close together and she instinctively pecks him on the cheek. Comic misunderstandings ensue. During a later interview (and after clearing things up about the kiss), she goes in for a handshake when he was actually walking past her, which causes her hand to bump his groin instead.





* Sometimes happens in the various ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series whenever our heroes meet an alien race that hasn't developed the handshake. One of the most famous examples is towards the end of the film ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', with the Vulcan-Human first contact. The Vulcan emerges from the spaceship, says to Zefram Cochrane "live long and prosper" and makes the famous traditional Vulcan gesture that all fans of the series are familiar with. Cochrane attempts it, finds he's unable to move his fingers in the necessary way[[note]]something which gives some fans trouble as well[[/note]] and extends his hand for a handshake, though the Vulcan just sort of takes it in an embrace. In ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', when they did the Mirror Universe, Cochrane acts as if he's attempting the gesture, only to then pull out a weapon and blast the Vulcan.

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* Sometimes happens in the various ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series whenever our heroes meet an alien race that hasn't developed the handshake.
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One of the most famous examples is towards the end of the film ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', with the Vulcan-Human first contact. The Vulcan emerges from the spaceship, says to Zefram Cochrane "live long and prosper" and makes the famous traditional Vulcan gesture that all fans of the series are familiar with. Cochrane attempts it, finds he's unable to move his fingers in the necessary way[[note]]something which gives some fans trouble as well[[/note]] and extends his hand for a handshake, though the Vulcan just sort of takes it in an embrace. In
** The previous scene is brought back in
''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', when they did the Mirror Universe, Universe. Cochrane acts as if he's attempting the gesture, only to then pull out a weapon and blast the Vulcan.



* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. In "Innocence", Chakotay relates how he used the wrong gesture of greeting (which it turned out had to be gender-specific) and accidentally proposed to the alien ambassador. "[[NeverLiveItDown It was a while]] before I was allowed on any more Away missions."

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* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. ** In the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Innocence", Chakotay relates how he used the wrong gesture of greeting (which it turned out had to be gender-specific) and accidentally proposed to the alien ambassador. "[[NeverLiveItDown ambassador.
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It was a while]] before I was allowed on any more Away missions."


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* In ''Webcomic/{{Outsider}}'', the Loroi are natural telepaths whose telepathy significantly intensifies through touch, and as such consider most physical contact a cultural taboo. Not (yet) knowing this, the human Jardin offers a handshake to a pilot, only for her to express confusion and ask what he's doing.


* In the ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro'' fic ''FanFic/ThePortal'', Blizzard holds his right front paw out to Storm to offer her a handshake, but when he sees her looking at his paw with a confused look, he lowers it thinking she's unfamiliar with the concept of handshakes.

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* In the ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro'' fic ''FanFic/ThePortal'', Blizzard Blizzard, who is actually a human turned into a dragon, holds his right front paw out to Storm the Wind dragoness to offer her a handshake, but when he sees her looking at his paw with a confused look, he lowers it thinking she's unfamiliar with the concept of handshakes.

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* In ''Film/{{Bleach}}'', Ichigo offers Rukia a high-five, but she has no idea what he is doing. He ends up teaching it to her.


* Erma Bombeck stated that she never got the hang of how to greet people. As she said in ''Literature/AllIKnowAboutAnimalBehaviorILearnedInLoehmannsDressingRoom'':

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* Erma Bombeck Creator/ErmaBombeck stated that she never got the hang of how to greet people. As she said in ''Literature/AllIKnowAboutAnimalBehaviorILearnedInLoehmannsDressingRoom'':


* Erma Bombeck stated that she never got the hang of how to greet people.

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* Erma Bombeck stated that she never got the hang of how to greet people. As she said in ''Literature/AllIKnowAboutAnimalBehaviorILearnedInLoehmannsDressingRoom'':

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