A gesture widely used as a form of congratulations, and the recipient of its own holiday, the high-five seems feels as old as human history. While some stories credit the ancient Egyptians with inventing this culturally ubiquitous gesture, the history of high-five actually goes back less than 50 years. Dating back to the late '70s, high-fiving came to be around the same time as punk rock and pet rocks. So where and how did the high-five start? No one actually knows for certain.
Many claim the gesture gained popularity via sports culture, but no common consensus points to an exact moment where the high-five came to be. Unlike awkward post-game handshakes visually recorded to the annals of history, there exists no principal video depicting the first high-five. Regardless of its backstory, what does a high-five mean? No matter the gesture's origins, what a high-five signifies does not change. High-fiving today is almost universally accepted as a symbol of excitement, congratulations, and sportsmanship.
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