up high!
April 12, 2004 11:50 AM   Subscribe

This Thursday isn't just the dreaded tax day in America, on the upside, it's also National High Five Day. It's got a rich history and you only need to remember a couple key phrases: Yo, up high! and: Don't leave me hangin'! Remember to act like a fratboy this week and high-five everyone you see.
posted by mathowie (14 comments total)
::Attempts to high-five Matt, misses his hand and accidentally slaps his face... skulks off::

::Wonders when Three Stooges Eye Gouge Day is this year::
posted by wendell at 12:09 PM on April 12, 2004

I'll be driving up the 101 that day with my hand out the driver's window so if anyone is passing a 2003 Dodge RAM camper feel free to five as you pass. It's not like we'd be doing anything more dangerous than everyone else on the road ;-)
posted by i_cola at 12:12 PM on April 12, 2004

revelers, please don't skip the deodorant that day. just sayin'.
posted by whatnot at 12:14 PM on April 12, 2004

I am reminded of a rather jovial fellow I saw at Bonnaroo last year who was walking around asking everyone to give him a high-five. I wouldn't give him one and he got real mad, and called me all sorts of names. I didn't bother explaining to him that I just watched him high five dozens of people as they exited the porta-potties, and that I was dirty enough after 4 days of camping without a shower.
posted by terrapin at 12:39 PM on April 12, 2004

Anyone have any advice as to an acceptable alternative to the high five?

There is nothing, and I mean nothing that is worse than a group of poorly coordinated middle aged men attempting to negotiate a set of protocols on the fly for an impromptu victory celebration.

I went to a hockey game last Wednesday night with three other business associates. Everytime we scored there was a round of high fives. Incredibly inept attempts at high fives at least. In that environment some group ritual is needed as a form of celebration, but what exactly?

Even worse I played in a golf tournament yesterday. I was teamed with a sixty year old white guy, and a thirty-something Chinese women. Every time a member of the group made a significant putt for bird or other particularly good shot, we'd do the modified golfer high five, the fist five (for lack of a better name). It is essentially a knocking of closed fists together. Too geeky. Way too fucking geeky.

So, any suggestions?
posted by Keith Talent at 12:49 PM on April 12, 2004

Just a heads up: May 7th is No Pants Day.
posted by mr.marx at 1:17 PM on April 12, 2004

posted by the fire you left me at 1:25 PM on April 12, 2004

mathowie, I know you've been sitting on this link for months, checking off the days on your Calender, waiting for today to come.

Well, at least that's what I'd do if I found out about National High Five Day.
posted by hughbot at 1:25 PM on April 12, 2004

I thought the 'history' link would be the history of the high five. I have to look that up on my own?!?

Keith Talent: Where did that knuckles thing come from, anyway?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 2:08 PM on April 12, 2004

Where'd the knuckle thing come from? I dunno? Probably the same place we get everything else, young black urbanites.

It's been a golfer thing for a long time, I have no idea as to it's origins though. I'd suspect it began initially in a hipper sport and was co-opted by golf though. Baseball players have alot of time to sit around and make shit up, maybe that's wher it came from.
posted by Keith Talent at 2:27 PM on April 12, 2004

It's also my daughter's birthday.
posted by konolia at 3:27 PM on April 12, 2004

::Attempts to high-five Matt, misses his hand and accidentally slaps his face... skulks off::

Up high!
Down low!
*pulls away hand, smooths over hair*
Tooooo sloooow.
posted by eddydamascene at 7:47 PM on April 12, 2004

Keith Talent: my friends and I call the knuckle thing "punching it." Much like the request for a high-five, we merely say "Punch it," hold our fist out, and expect the knuckle thing. Punching it, also like high-fives, can be done too much.

Puddy: "High-five."

(I miss Seinfeld.)
posted by bitpart at 11:22 PM on April 12, 2004

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