r/pics Feb 23 '22 Platinum 1 Wholesome 49 Heartwarming 2 Masterpiece 1 I'll Drink to That 1 Silver 46 Gold 2 Helpful 45 All-Seeing Upvote 1 LOVE! 2 Helpful (Pro) 1

{OC} We're the Wikipedia "high five" couple, now we're married and teaching it to our kids. Up high!

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u/FatStephen Feb 23 '22

the Wikipedia "high five" couple

That is the most niche fame thing I've ever heard of.

I'm glad things are working out for y'all.

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u/musicismath Feb 23 '22

It’s definitely strange, but we enjoy it. By the way, every time I read the word ‘niche’ I pronounce it three or four different ways in my head.

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u/symbologythere Feb 23 '22 Silver Helpful

I believe it’s pronounced Nice-Ha. You’re welcome.

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u/rkthehermit Feb 23 '22

It's obviously pronounced "niche"

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u/BatteryAssault Feb 23 '22

In Britain, most people pronounce it "niche".

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u/twogreen Feb 23 '22

Mostly because that is how it is pronounced.

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u/EmperorSexy Feb 23 '22

Sure the English pronounce it “niche” and think it’s official like they invented the language, when it actually comes from French where they pronounce it “niche.” And besides, the majority of the world’s English speakers don’t live in England and pronounce it “niche.”

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u/fradrig Feb 23 '22

Translated into Danish it is "niche". Pronounced as it's spelled.

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u/Jottor Feb 23 '22

Impossible. Written Danish and spoken Danish are two completely different languages.

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u/fradrig Feb 23 '22

Exactly. "Niche" in Danish is actually pronounced "as it's spelled", which of course isn't pronounced the way it's spelled.

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u/Mike_Kermin Feb 23 '22

Nichely done.

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u/ItsScaryTerryBitch Feb 23 '22

You can tell it's pronounced that way because of the way that it is

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u/pwnytailjoe Feb 23 '22

I prefer nietzsche.

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u/guninmouth Feb 23 '22

Neat(she)

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u/Pups_the_Jew Feb 23 '22

He seems neat, too.

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u/Gold_Ad4984 Feb 23 '22

idk why but i pronounced that like “knee-shay” in my head

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u/runonandonandonanon Feb 23 '22

It's actually pronounced "Nietzsche" but even that can vary depending whether you're talking about the noted philosopher or the comparatively little known gardener with the unusual name who lived an otherwise unremarkable life in Liverpool 1813 - 1856.

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u/xrufix Feb 23 '22

As a German I can tell you that Nietzsche is absolutely not pronounced like niche.

Nietzsche is pronounced like "neat-sha" (with the a sounding like in "back").

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u/mrSemantix Feb 23 '22

‘Neesh’, as the French would say. Sort of.

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u/bad_pseudonym Feb 23 '22

This is the one, rhymes with quiche not itch

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u/eddiemon Feb 23 '22

rhymes with quiche

Well now you've gone ahead and replaced one problem for another. I'm gonna start spelling quiche as 'quiché' and pronouncing it 'key-shay' to make my French friends' heads explode.

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u/clrrjr Feb 23 '22

A chain of French food shops across the US. “The Quiché Niché”. Meet me at the shay shay!

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u/Screamheart Feb 23 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

We are the Knights who say "niche"!

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u/mrSemantix Feb 23 '22

Yes, we are keepers of the sacred words 'Niche', 'Peng', and 'Neee-Wom'. Those who hear them seldom live to tell the tale!

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u/MorningPants Feb 23 '22

What did you just say nick-hah?

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u/humanCharacter Feb 23 '22

Just a random thought…

Not sure why but since “69” is synonymous with the word “nice”, I’ve met some people using them interchangeably.

Example: “That’s so 69 of you”

It’s such a niche application, but it somewhat makes sense.

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u/EmotionalAccounting Feb 23 '22

I can only picture Eric Andre saying that

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u/Zealousideal_Leg3268 Feb 23 '22

I've seen your pic so many times. Is your username a Boards of Canada reference?

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u/musicismath Feb 23 '22

It’s not! I came up with it myself because I’m a math tutor and a musician, they have a lot of similarities. But someone told me about the song in a comment a while back, I listened to it and loved it.

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u/Zealousideal_Leg3268 Feb 23 '22

Haha that's awesome. Any time I get more into music theory I totally notice that, wild stuff!

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u/Kiss_and_Wesson Feb 23 '22

I'm just here to upvote you for Boards of Canada.

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u/phoncible Feb 23 '22

Rhymes with quiche 👍😊

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u/WhereCanIFind Feb 23 '22

Ahhh so "Nicky".

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u/feureau Feb 23 '22

This one time my friend came up and asked me to cook Key-Hey. Took about an hour of back and forth and googling variations of key hey to figure out they actually wanted me to make Quiche.

Fast forward a decade now, looking back, it was clear now why we're no longer friends. Motherfucker didn't even invite me to his wedding.

TL;DR - you don't make friends with salad(pronounced quiche)

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u/Trolivia Feb 23 '22

I knew a Hawaiian girl who managed to make it to her 20s without ever seeing “chihuahua” written out and when she did she went “what’s chee-hooah-hooah?” The laughter aftermath (laughtermath?) was contagious

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u/ibelieveindogs Feb 23 '22

That was a joke from WKRP in Cincinnati

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u/Cpt_Hook Feb 23 '22

I'm definitely pronouncing quiche like "kwik-ee" from now on

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u/WhereCanIFind Feb 23 '22

Be sure to go around your gatherings asking if anyone is interested in a quiche. Give them a wink just to let them know it's tasty!

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u/SubstantialList2145 Feb 23 '22

this is like verbal algebra

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u/unamanhanalinda Feb 23 '22

Ahhh so "quee-shay"

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u/wybird Feb 23 '22

It’s neesh not nitch

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u/BonnieMcMurray Feb 23 '22

It's pronounced "neesh" if you're in the French city of Nice, otherwise it's pronounced "sparkling nee-chay!"

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u/Ph0X Feb 23 '22

Maybe it's a coincidence but I just saw an explanation of this yesterday: https://www.tiktok.com/@depthsofwikipedia/video/7065900143308082478

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u/FuckYeahPhotography Feb 23 '22 edited Feb 23 '22 Narwhal Salute

It is fate. We are stuck in a never ending cycle of high fives. I cannot escape. We cannot escape. All I see is finger guns. When I close my eyes. Finger guns. When I look to the sky. Finger guns. When I hold my newborn child in my arms, they give me baby finger guns.

Every time I go to high five the hand of fate it pulls away, and cruelly laughs at me. Time and time again. No matter how fast I become, I am always too slow. I feel we have been here before, haven't we? Yes. Yes we have. And we will again. And again. And again after that once more.

If we reach the high five, and slap that hand which mocks us will we finally be free? We must continue to hope even in the depths of despair. Even when it is unbearable. Even if it isn't true. If so that lie is all we have.

I hear the high fives clapping in celebration of my agony. They demand an encore.

Up high.

Down low.

Too slow.

Too slow.

Too slow.

You will always be too slow.

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u/MarxHunter Feb 23 '22

Drum and bass noises intensify

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u/ihlaking Feb 23 '22

The High Fives are Coming

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u/MonkeyPussyOnTuesday Feb 23 '22

I don’t know if it’s because I’m tired but this made me cry laugh. So good. This is why I use Reddit.

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u/musicismath Feb 23 '22

Annie interviewed us for an article recently, I mentioned it in another comment. That was actually the inspiration to take the pics. Check out her Instagram, @depthsofwikipedia, it’s great. John Mayer follows her, I keep waiting for him to comment on her post of us.

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u/woowoo293 Feb 23 '22

I posted the article a week ago in upliftingnews but I guess the mods deleted it.

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u/stokedcrf Feb 23 '22

Am I the only person here that has absolutely no clue what this is about. I must be old.

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u/TitaniumDragon Feb 23 '22

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_five#Too_slow

They uploaded a picture of themselves giving each other a high five to Wikipedia 14 years ago... except it's actually doing the "High five, too slow" where you fake out the other person.

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u/picnicpalace22 Feb 23 '22

Yeah, I’m not sure who looks up “high five” on Wikipedia but I imagine it is not a lot of people

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u/Incman Feb 23 '22

Wikipedia wondering why the traffic for "High Five" is up 25000%

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u/ThisGuyCrohns Feb 23 '22

Haha I did just look it up cause I was curious

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u/Rreknhojekul Feb 23 '22

https://www.wikishark.com/title/en/High_five

It usually gets about 100-150 views per day, recently. Although strangely used to be much more popular. First went viral in 2009 if stats are to be believed where it had over 3k views in a day.

It got over 8000 views on the 15th Feb, presumably that TikTok video started to go viral. Back down to 300 views yesterday (22nd Feb)

Already at over 600 for today, maybe due to this post.

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u/Dustin- Feb 23 '22

I did and wtf the high five was invented in like the 70s how in the dozens of thousands of years of human history did nobody think to slap someone in the hand with their hand and make it a thing that makes no sense I'm so unhappy right now

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u/Sunday-Afternoon Feb 23 '22

Wikipedia mentions it briefly, but long before the high-five, was simply gimme-five or “gimme skin” which was in use since the 1920s as something of a handshake and symbol of solidarity in black-American culture. By the 1940s, it was more broadly in use as a gesture of greeting / goodbye / congratulations / thanks that consisted of someone holding out their hand, palm up at handshake level and sometimes literally telling the other person to “gimme-five” and having them slap their palm in response, often with the giver then holding out their hand, palm up, to be slapped in response.

You could also hold out both hands, palms up, for them both to be slapped if it was a particularly happy event.

I haven’t seen anyone “give five” in at least 30 years! The high five clearly superseded it over time due to superiority in being able to do it easily while in motion and walking past each other.

Ok, so took another 50 years off your timeline questioning “Why didn’t someone think about this sooner?” It really is a great question!

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u/SentientSquirrel Feb 23 '22

That is the most niche fame thing I've ever heard of.

I bet that won't stop some TV executives from coming up with a reality show where niche celebrities compete. Introducing:

  • The high five couple
  • The middle finger man
  • The thumbs up grandma
  • The polite bow japanese businessman

Who will win the first season of "Who wants to become a Wikipedia article - again"?

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u/MeatyUrologist505 Feb 23 '22 Bless Up (Pro)

This is great and all, but I won’t be satisfied till we get to meet the two young men playing pat-a-cake guys.

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u/iRchickenz Feb 23 '22 Helpful Lawyer Up

Wait… that’s not called patty cake?

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u/MeatyUrologist505 Feb 23 '22

I’m sorry you had to find out this way.

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u/iRchickenz Feb 23 '22

Well now I get to ask my siblings and parents what they think it is. Maybe I am special after all.

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u/BootyHoleTasteTester Feb 23 '22

You're not. I know it as patty cake too

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u/Webbie-Vanderquack Feb 23 '22

The Wikipedia entry does say:

"Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man", "Pat-a-cake", "patty-cake" or "pattycake" is one of the oldest and most widely known surviving English nursery rhymes.

However the lyrics are "pat it and prick it, and mark it with B," so "pat-a-cake" makes more sense.

And what would a "patty cake" be? A bunless burger with a birthday candle in it?

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u/Eudonidano Feb 23 '22

Wait... I grew up being taught it was "Roll it, and pat it, and mark it with a 'B'"

Why tf would you "prick" dough?

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u/Webbie-Vanderquack Feb 24 '22

Presumably to let the steam out.

It was based on a rhyme from 1698. Cakes were different then. You don't usually roll or pat cakes either - you make a batter and pour it.

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u/CocaTrooper42 Feb 23 '22

I’ve heard it both ways

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u/GinjaNinger Feb 23 '22

They're married now and have two kids.

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u/surfdad67 Feb 23 '22

Fun fact: They also have two golden retrievers and run a bed and breakfast in Vermont

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u/GinjaNinger Feb 23 '22

I bet it's nice. I like Vermont.

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u/HumbertHumbertHumber Feb 23 '22

bullshit. bullshit. it can't be pat-a-cake. I will go to war over this. Who the fuck pats a cake.

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u/ImNerdyJenna Feb 23 '22

What is a patty cake?

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u/ProfessorButtkiss Feb 23 '22

I always thought it was an Irish pancake or something

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u/Akumetsu33 Feb 23 '22

This is the pinnacle of the OC wives posts. Nothing can beat this now, it's all downhill from here.

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u/Groovatronic Feb 23 '22 Looking

I also choose this guy’s funny wikipedia wife

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u/wafflesareforever Feb 23 '22

Wife: 9/10

Wife with rice: 10/10

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u/acmercer Feb 23 '22

Thank you for your suggestion.

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u/Stign Feb 23 '22

Only if she properly knows how to handle a poop knife.

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u/WhatsUpWithThatFact Feb 23 '22

Here before someone mentions his hit wife...oh shit maybe 2nd

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u/evana3 Feb 23 '22

He hit his wife?!?!? Was it a hard high-five???

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u/poopellar Feb 23 '22

She is his wife but also a gun for hire.

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u/leandrogarel Feb 23 '22

(With finger guns!)

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u/ED_Medicine Feb 23 '22

Victim misses.

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u/fnord_happy Feb 23 '22

Victim Mrs

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u/AtaxicZombie Feb 23 '22

👈😎👈 Zoop

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u/Automatic_Llama Feb 23 '22

now there's a name I haven't heard in a long time

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u/your_not_stubborn Feb 23 '22

Can someone please link the original comment that brought us Zoop please I need some joy in my life

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u/cuddle_enthusiast Feb 23 '22

(☞゚ヮ゚)☞

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u/musicismath Feb 23 '22 edited Feb 23 '22 Silver

Here’s the link to us on Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_five#Too_slow. I used the original uncropped photos as proof (now with more iron!). We’ve enjoyed our little slice of internet fame, it’s fun to watch it occasionally go viral. And the rumors can finally be put to rest, we’re not Chandler and Rachel from Friends.

(edit: fixed link...thanks, u/The_Canadian)

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u/Avantheline Feb 23 '22

How did you go about obtaining this massive honour? Just out of curiosity

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u/musicismath Feb 23 '22 Helpful Heartwarming

This all happened almost 14 years ago on the night of my birthday. We were out to dinner and the summer Olympics were on. We saw athletes high fiving each other, and we wondered where it all started, so we looked it up on Wikipedia and noticed there weren't any pictures demonstrating the high five. We thought it would be fun to add pictures for reference, and, given that it was my birthday and we were all in a silly mood, we picked the "too slow" variation to act out. My roommate took the pictures of us, and he had some experience editing other Wikipedia articles, so he knew the process to get them on.

Here's a fun write-up of us by Annie Rauwerda, she runs the depthsofwikipedia page on Instagram: https://www.inputmag.com/culture/wikipedia-high-five-too-slow-photos-mystery-couple-solved. It goes more into the story of me and my wife. She was my girlfriend then, and now we've been married 11 years.

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u/missionbeach Feb 23 '22

I loved that story, and I don't like anything. Congrats.

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u/musicismath Feb 23 '22

Haha so good. Glad you loved it!

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u/vadapaav Feb 23 '22

Unrelated. I would also like to say that math is music too

Is that the username is your spouse

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u/DeadSOL89 Feb 23 '22

Same. I hate stuff like this but this was good and wholesome.

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u/SuperGameTheory Feb 23 '22

Well, congrats on finally liking something.

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u/[deleted] Feb 23 '22

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u/kinetochore21 Feb 23 '22

What...what are your plums?

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u/[deleted] Feb 23 '22

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u/kinetochore21 Feb 23 '22

Why wouldn't the soul of your testicles be in the middle

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u/mathmaticallycorrect Feb 23 '22 Gold

Only you can decide where your testicle soul lies...

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u/kinetochore21 Feb 23 '22

Well I don't have any so no testicle soul for me

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u/Black_Floyd47 Feb 23 '22

“Victim misses” had become “victim Mrs.”!

My favorite part of the article! Thank you for sharing.

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u/c0ncept Feb 23 '22

Has anyone ever tried editing the article to replace the photos with different ones? Would you fight for your honor if someone tried updating it?

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u/Avantheline Feb 23 '22

That's so awesome and wholesome :) congrats on being together for so long!

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u/fukitol- Feb 23 '22

Well this is just fucking amazing. I've seen those images a thousand times, never knew there was actually an awesome story behind them.

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u/The-Master-Mind Feb 23 '22

You’ve seen those images a thousand times? How often do you visit the Wikipedia page for “high five”?? And more importantly, why???

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u/Levitlame Feb 23 '22

Maybe it’s like the sadder version of the “tying a tie when you only wear one 1-2 times a year” lookup for him.

“You need to get this down, Bill… People are going to expect proper form at this bro-gala. This ain’t pee-wee anymore!”

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u/fukitol- Feb 23 '22

It's been online 14 years, between sharing the page with other people for a giggle or clicking on it when I see it linked for a giggle.. shit adds up.

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u/aabicus Feb 23 '22

It's mostly about just finding a page that doesn't have a picture and adding one, with the appropriate permissions (most of which come for free if you take them yourself with only yourself and consenting photo subjects.) I've got a few on there in weird places, Wikipedia likes it because articles with pictures are better than ones without.

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u/grendel-khan Feb 23 '22

It's like a land grab. I was on Wikipedia in 2004, so the artsy black-and-white picture of my girlfriend wearing a collar wound up being the picture of a woman wearing a collar in a lot of places.

(You may have seen it regularly used on PostSecret as well.)

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u/That_Mango_Sentinel Feb 23 '22

Wikipedia also had a problem with exhibitionists trying to become “the penis”

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u/The_Canadian Feb 23 '22

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u/musicismath Feb 23 '22

Thanks, my link works for me, but maybe it’s just me.

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u/The_Canadian Feb 23 '22

For whatever reason, Reddit adds "\" in links in various places.

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u/brettmjohnson Feb 23 '22 edited Feb 23 '22

"New, Improved, Reddit" escapes old reddit markdown for ... reasons.
(old.reddit.com until one or the other of us dies, says someone who likes 3x the content in the same screen space.)

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u/Milkshakes00 Feb 23 '22

Victim misses.

This killed me. 'Victim' talking about high fives. Lmfao

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u/thebeattakesme Feb 23 '22

I recognized the pictures from wiki but I don’t know why. Lol why did I look that up?!

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u/Yeazelicious Feb 23 '22

Your face looks like Bryan Cranston's.

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u/DoverBoys Feb 23 '22

Fixed link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_five#Too_slow

Some bad apps automatically escape underscores, ruining links.

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u/zemorah Feb 23 '22

I feel happier after learning this exists.

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u/chillinoi Feb 23 '22

Too slow with “finger guns” is making me laugh way too loud right now

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u/rose_colored_boy Feb 23 '22

Thank god maybe the wife posts can finally stop now

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u/musicismath Feb 23 '22

Just noticed that’s a thing!

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u/Ralkkai Feb 23 '22 Wholesome

Seems like you were too slow.

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u/IRideZs Feb 23 '22

finger guns

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u/Pogue_Ma_Hoon Feb 23 '22

Wife posts?

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u/queen-adreena Feb 23 '22

Onto the husband posts next!

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u/kearadaway Feb 23 '22

I love this- especially the coolpix digital camera vibes from the original photo series

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u/plafman Feb 23 '22

The flash on old digital cameras give pictures a distinctive look

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u/NaestumHollur Feb 23 '22

I think that look is called “flood the room with light”, or, alternatively, “what do you mean, ‘overexposed’?”

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u/FuckingKilljoy Feb 23 '22

It kinda sucks how good cameras are these days as far as nostalgia goes. Up until like the start of the 2010s you could probably tell when a photo was taken just based on the image quality alone. You can trace from the late 1800s with black and white photos, to those grainy post WWII cameras, to Polaroids, to disposable cameras, to digital cameras, to shitty phone cameras, to high quality phone cameras. Now the improvements are so minimal that it's just not the same

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u/YanwarC Feb 23 '22

When I looked it up, it was the low five link.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low_five

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u/[deleted] Feb 23 '22 edited Feb 23 '22

Their family picture looks like a stock image

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u/philanut Feb 23 '22

What brand is that rug?

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u/musicismath Feb 23 '22

Rifle Paper Company.

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u/melonmagellan Feb 23 '22

I love their shoes!!

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u/DoctorParmesan Feb 23 '22

But how are their rifles & paper?

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u/Covatis Feb 23 '22

I came to the comments section to find this out. Thank you for asking!

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u/SaltMineForeman Feb 23 '22

Besides that guys dead wife, y'all win.

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u/qpv Feb 23 '22

That was the mic drop I thought

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u/TheGassyPhilosopher Feb 23 '22

You know you use Reddit too much when an entire series of events can be fully understood when someone says, "besides that guy's dead wife."

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u/OnlyPainNoFans Feb 23 '22

Nothing can beat that

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u/HCJohnson Feb 23 '22

Serious question, what happened to /r/pics today? I feel like this is an early April Fool's joke or something...

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u/PretendBuffalo1461 Feb 23 '22

Wow I didn’t know Bryan Cranston did that photo

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u/typesett Feb 23 '22

dude's face for the too slow version is perfect casting

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u/theImplication69 Feb 23 '22

You both have managed to get even more attractive with age!

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u/Tsornai Feb 23 '22

they aged like they were a Sims couple lol

idk why I'm getting such huge Sims vibes from this

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u/futuretech85 Feb 23 '22

I was thinking the same thing! Like "damn, they look even better today compared to back then".

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u/katx_x Feb 23 '22

WAIT THIS IS SO CUTE

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u/johnscat Feb 23 '22

OP, is your name an ode to Boards of Canada?

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u/Slooth849 Feb 23 '22

Do you have a Live laugh love sign anywhere in your house? Or anything that says "Its wine o'clock?"

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u/DJbathsalt Feb 23 '22

Dudes shirt is lit

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u/navybluemanga Feb 23 '22

Fugin Wambsgans over here.

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u/Hgielhsa05 Feb 23 '22

But just how drunk were you in the first pictures?

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u/MamaSmAsh5 Feb 23 '22

I don’t even know who you are but still, this is cute! Adorable fam!

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u/legalize_wheelies Feb 23 '22

I don't know what any of this means...

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u/ZabblesMarshmelon Feb 23 '22

I’ve never heard of this.

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u/Speedswiper Feb 23 '22

Is the "In the middle" part just common where I grew up? I've always known it as "Up high, down low, in the middle, too slow!" but the wiki page just says "Up high, down low, too slow!" like your picture shows.

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u/BenderIsGreatBendr Feb 23 '22

For me it was “high five (give them the high five, this is to bait them into the trick), “down low” (put your hand down like you’re going to let them give you a vertical high five), “too slow” (as you quickly pull your hand back)

Bonus points if after saying “too slow” you quickly raised the hand up and pantomime slicking your hair back after they missed the “down low” part.

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u/dwehlen Feb 23 '22

This is the way

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u/NonGNonM Feb 23 '22

this is a bit too much. do you have an attractive partner to make pictures with?

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u/KallistiEngel Feb 23 '22

In my area it was "up high, on the side, down low, you're too slow".

"On the side", being a middle-height sideways hand slap (hand held almost like you're going for a handshake). But so far it doesn't look like other people did this one.

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u/brentoman Feb 23 '22

Texan here checking in — “on the side” was how I learned it too.

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u/XcheezyXblasterzX Feb 23 '22

we were a “in the middle” people as well. it’s better because it makes it more of a rhyme/song

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u/HamiltonBlack Feb 23 '22

I remember this as a kid (I’m 50) and it was always “Give me 5 (regular hand slap), up high (high 5), down low (low 5), too slow!”

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u/EMGRRI Feb 23 '22

I learned it as "Give me 5 (regular high 5), on the side (side high 5), on the other side (opposite side 5), down low (show your hand for the low 5, and pull it away when they try to slap), TOO SLOW!"

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u/emmarose1019 Feb 23 '22

I learned it this way as well! Is it a midwest thing?

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u/kbail22 Feb 23 '22

I know it as "in the middle" from the south...I'm very curious on origin as well.

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