There has been many debates on how the ever cool high-five was first brought into existence. While some believe that it was Christopher Columbus during his not-discovery of India, some others believe that it was Barnabus Stinson from back in the 15th century. Regardless of the popular beliefs, people nowadays still perform the ritual of awesomeness and mutual agreement by slapping their palms with a trustworthy partner. This is also where the seemingly easy action becomes complicated and in these cases, socially humiliating. As we are about to learn, not every two people can pull this off. Let us go into the reasons why high five fails exist.
First of all, to hold out a hand requires some level of confidence. Sure, anyone can raise a palm. All he or she would have to do next is wait for a reply. This is where the confidence plays off its role. By holding out your palm, you display that you have a certain degree of trust that your five will be met by another. This trust however, must be a two-way street. Basically, one must assert his confidence in his stance, as doing so will make his presence known, alerting the other part of the impending moment of awesomeness. A lack of this would summons instead high five fails.
Then we come to the next and most important part of a functional high-five; the partner. There’s a reason why it’s called a ‘partner’, and not ‘friend’. This is because not all friends share the same interests and beliefs. For example, just because you think that you should get a high-five after tripping the nerdy kid from school, doesn’t mean others would also agree to. Only a partner, whose mind is a lot like yours, can understand this eccentric beliefs.
1- Just Ignored
He walked right past him. As if he doesn’t exist. Poor guy. He really looked like he wanted some appreciation. After all he probably had made the pass in the first place. What a way to leave a brother hanging, though.
2- Just Missed It!
Nice guys seem to always be ignored, no matter in what field. Maybe he did not put up his hand high enough. His high five fails because it seemed more like a ‘down low’.
3- Excited Fan
An excited fan. Typical. This is actually one of the most common fails among high five fails. And he already swung in, too.
4- In a Hurry?
He probably had to use the restroom. That focused form, looking down all the way, the signs are there. Nice thumbs up, coach.
5- Sourly Awkward
This is why we need a partner, and cannot just five anyone we just met. The honest request for a cool moment turned sourly awkward, ending with an even worse embrace.
6- In a Hang
He left him hanging, all the way until the commercials. Seems like the guy gave his partner ample time too, but he was probably too psyched up about the coming game.
7- Cool Girls
This here is an effect only cute girls can ignite. A total of four hands were raised, but no slap actually happened. No awesome moment was created. Talk about being awkward in public.
8- For Me Alone
“Wait, no, you’re aiming for my…” but nothing could have been done. These two certainly have chemistry, but not enough for their palms to meet. Their high five fails painfully.
9- Just Ignored
Did the guy in grey just ignored him and looked away? Or did this enthusiastic guy attempt to high five a stranger at a game? Points for efforts, maybe.
10- Great Singer
Ryan was too busy congratulating this great singer when he forgot that he was blind. He did a great job of covering it up, though, by reaching for the guy’s hand.
11- Reply Imperfect
This high five fails even though the guy in black only had to reply with a slap of the hand. He did so, just awkwardly backwards. His reply was a back hand up top. Precious.
12- No or Poor Perception
This image here make it seems as if both the men have poor depth perception, which is weird when you consider the fact that they’re golf players. Embarrassingly funny.
13- Left Hanging
Just when he thought he was being left hanging, a trustworthy man appears. Saving his brother, he casually gave him an up top, making this less painful as high five fails.
14- Oh it Failed
A brave attempt at an up top, but this high five fails eventually probably due to the reason that he knows no one there, and to pull this off you need better charisma.
15- Too Eager To
“I want that five…” but the way-too-eager guy couldn’t support the weight of the awesome moment, and so fell along with it. So close though, there’s a good example when high five fails.
16- Oh Missed the Hand
Is he blind, really? Because his aim was way off. His hand did not go anywhere near the recipient’s hands, but instead straight to his face, and his eye. Critical hit.
17- So Finally It Failed
This high five fails and almost became a down low but the fact remains; it is a fail. It does not seem like anyone is at fault. The ladies did try but missed each other.
18- Made It?
This image is very confusing. Did their hands meet or not? It looks as if they only gazed each other. Being too close does not always ensure a direct hit. Exhibit A.
This here must be the worst among the many high five fails. You can actually see the girl’s disappointed expression. Hang in there, girl.
20- And She Ignored
A high five is a ritual involving two, and in this image we can see that neither are actually present in this act. Their eyes did not meet and so their hands would never, too.
21- Missed the Last One
Epic! After performing an amazing pitch, this player went ahead and gave people around him an up top. Each handed out so perfectly, except for the last one. Not his fault, though.
22- High Five Fails, Need Practice
Who would have thought that Tina Fey is in this list of high five fails. One would think that someone of her stature would be more used to it. Maybe they should have rehearsed.
Truly amazing, this time’s list is. So many famous faces too. High fiving should receive the same recognition as art or literature since it’s too hard to perfect. One simple move yet ridiculously difficult to perform. This list tells us that a high five fails can be attributed to both side, and this failure happens mostly due to mis-communication. As a human being, and a functioning member of the society, smacking your hands should be an easy task. One has not really lived if he or she finds it otherwise.
This many fails among mankind tells us that anyone can have problems reaching out. True, some of the high five fails here were caused by the lack of trust between the partners, or performing it without a partner at all. Even so, should we not thrive to reach the level where we can just high five anyone while walking down the street? Why should the act of two conjoining ideas be too hard? Nobody has to conform to anything, just agree on the awesomeness of two adjoining palms. If everyone can do that then world peace would turn out to be within our reach after all.
Having said that, even though going through up top mishaps can be embarrassing and humiliating, no one should ever give up hope. Just because today you got left hanging, it doesn’t mean tomorrow you will be too. Do you agree with this list of fails? Tell us what you think, and don’t forget to stay awesome.