12:45 AM EDT 07/07/2014
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.
Originally posted 03/05/2014 02:25PM
Mardi Gras revelers in New Orleans started off the indulgent celebration with an odd act of vandalism – because YOLO.
Originally posted 12/10/2013 12:00PM
Girl code states that all ladies shall exhibit – or at least feign – enthusiasm for a friend's engagement. But, as this viral Reddit photo proves, even girl code has its breaking point.
For our red-vested friend, 'tis the season of Christmas sweaters and festive headwear, but we bet she didn't expect three engagement announcements to become part of her holiday gathering.
Originally posted 11/14/2013 10:50AM
It will be a December to remember for James Franco, thanks to Ellen DeGeneres and her Photoshop skills!
The actor, 35, shared a hilarious photo on Instagram on Wednesday showing his face superimposed on the body of a shirtless hunk in red underwear and a Santa hat, with a similarly festive cat sitting on his shoulder.
Apparently it was the work of DeGeneres, who seems to have made Franco the unwitting star of a mildly racy holiday calendar.
Originally posted 12/20/2012 07:30AM
Originally posted 12/09/2012 12:30PM
There's no better way to bask in the holiday season than using the best produce of the season. Crisp apples and pomegranates are delicious on their own, but even more satisfying in a refreshing or body-warming cocktail.
Make your evening complete by whipping up a mug of Appleton Estate's Hot Buttered Cider or a glass of PAMA's Champagne Dreams, and enjoy!
Originally posted 12/05/2012 10:45AM
It's sweater weather!
With the holidays just around the corner, it's time to bust out your traditional ugly – and even not-so-ugly – Christmas sweaters ... even Hollywood is doing it.
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi got into the spirit of the season with a colorful sweater, posting on Instagram, "Tis' the season for ugly sweaters & messy closets."
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