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National High Five Day

In lieu of National High Five Day, I would like to send out a high five to everyone reading this. I’d also like to challenge you to give out High Fives instead of hand shakes in honor of a great day, my count so far today is 18 high fives and am shooting for 100 by days end. Can you beat it?

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The origins of the term are said to belong to sports, specifically US Basketball, and the use of the phrase as a noun has been part of the Oxford English Dictionary since 1980 and as a verb since 1981.[4] The gesture takes its name from the “five” fingers and the raising of the hand “high”. According to an article published on the Outsports web site, the first high five in Major League Baseball occurred between Dusty Baker and Glenn Burke of the Los Angeles Dodgers in late 1977. [2] This report has been challenged by Lamont Sleets, who played basketball for Murray State University and claims to be the originator of the high five in the 1960s.[5] The 1980 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Champions, the Louisville Cardinals, are widely credited for popularizing the gesture for their frequent utilization of it during their run to the title.

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