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It's National High Five Day! Meet the Man Who (Probably) Invented the Celebration

UpdatePosted 04/17/2014 01:55PM

It's National High Five Day! Meet the Man Who (Probably) Invented the Celebration

Originally posted 04/17/2014 11:00AM

If a stranger approaches you with a raised arm on Thursday, don't be alarmed – it's just National High Five Day, an unofficial holiday during which participants raise money for charity by engaging in an all-day high-five-a-thon.

The holiday began on the campus of the University of Virginia in 2002, when a group of students set up a stand giving away free high-fives in the middle of a quadrangle.

"We discovered two things," Greg Harrell-Edge, executive director of the National High Five Project and one of the original UVA group, told PEOPLE. "One, it's real fun to give away high fives all day. Two, we got to see it spread virally in real time."

The event became a yearly tradition, and soon the likes of Jimmy Kimmel and Today were showing up to cover UVA's high-five fest. After graduation, the friends used the day as an opportunity to stay in touch, and a few years ago they added a charitable giving component – they've since raised nearly $50,000.

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Texas Dad Sues Lacrosse Coaches for Not Playing His Son

Texas Dad Sues Lacrosse Coaches for Not Playing His Son

Originally posted 04/10/2014 08:45AM

Some bros are born lax, some achieve laxness, and others have laxness thrust upon them.

Texas's Billy Munck is the third kind.

When Munck played in only nine varsity games during his junior year of high school, his father took matters into his own hands, suing Billy's coach, as well as the nearby Dallas Lacrosse Academy, under the anti-racketeering RICO Act.

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UpdatePosted 04/09/2014 05:30PM

Listen to Pitbull's Official World Cup Anthem, 'We Are One (Ole Ola)'

Originally posted 04/09/2014 12:10PM

Mr. Worldwide is now Mr. World Cup.

Months before the FIFA World Cup kicks off its 2014 edition in Brazil this summer, Pitbull has released the official song for the tournament, "We Are One (Ole Ola)."

Getting in on the whistle-hook form favored by his spiritual brother Flo Rida, Pitbull implores his international audience to "put your flags up in the sky." Jennifer Lopez continues the odd, sweet friendship she and Pitbull share with a Beyoncé-style hip-hop verse, while Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte provides a vocal climax, as well as some local pride.

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#HuskyNation or #OnWisconsin: Which Celebs Are Rooting for Which Final Four Teams? | Ashley Judd

#HuskyNation or #OnWisconsin: Which Celebs Are Rooting for Which Final Four Teams?

Originally posted 04/04/2014 12:15PM

With March Madness whittling down to its Final Four (Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky and Wisconsin, for those just tuning in now), sports fans have moved from cheering on the success of their own brackets to rooting for their favorites of the quartet of teams remaining. Celebrities are no different. Though Louisville's own Jennifer Lawrence may be left without a team to root for, other members of the A-list have fared far luckier.

From former athletes to proud graduates to bandwagoners, let's run down the stars cheering for each Final Four team during the 2014 tournament.

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Indian Sex Worker's Son Chosen for Manchester United Training Camp

Indian Sex Worker's Son Chosen for Manchester United Training Camp

Originally posted 03/21/2014 12:15PM

The impoverished son of a sex worker in Calcutta's infamous red-light district has been selected to participate in a Manchester United soccer training camp in England.

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Team USA Loses Hockey Bronze to Finland

Team USA Loses Hockey Bronze to Finland

Originally posted 02/22/2014 01:00PM

Teemu Selanne scored two goals and Tuukka Rask had a 26-save shutout, helping Finland rout the United States 5-0 Saturday to win hockey bronze at the Sochi Olympic Games.

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UpdatePosted 02/13/2014 04:30PM

Watch: Texas Sports Anchor Shows Support for Michael Sam with Powerful On-Air Speech

Originally posted 02/13/2014 10:00AM

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He's Out: Yankee Derek Jeter Will Retire After This Season

Derek Jeter to Retire from Baseball

Originally posted 02/12/2014 02:45PM

Derek Jeter will retire after the 2014 baseball season, he announced Wednesday.

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Filed Under: Sports, Derek Jeter
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400 lb. Running Back Dominates High School Football

This 400 lb. High School Football Player Is Bigger Than Refrigerator Perry

Originally posted 11/20/2013 05:45PM

Professional football is a game of rigorously sorted body types. Wide receivers are tall and skinny, offensive linemen are tall and fat, and running backs are short and squat.

Tony Picard, of the Yakama Indian Nation in Washington State, is out to change that last one.

The 6' 4" (and by some accounts 6' 5"), 400 lb. high-school football player started his career at Washington State's White Swan High School anchoring the defensive line. In an unconventional move straight out of Friday Night Lights, however, his coach moved Picard to running back, and a viral sensation was born.

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Filed Under: Sports, Football

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