Just a penguin being awesome.
Red Bull’s take on a Rube Goldberg machine.
The handshake dates back to at least the 5th Century BC, but likely not quite in the capacity shown below. Coming from baseball, basketball, football and TV, these secret handshakes can inspire us all to shake the hands of our peers more creatively.
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1. Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera
Just when you though the handshake was done… there’s more.
2. David Price and Rays’ Teammates
Secret handshakes down the line!
3. Johan Santana and Mets’ Teammates
Johan Santana supposedly has secret handshakes with all of his teammates. The “encore” is my favorite.
4. Tony Thomas and Brady Thomas
Handshake? Patty cake? Both?
5. UC Irvine Baseball Players
It’s a combination of Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter. Plus a high-five at the end.
6. Monta Ellis and Some Guy in a Coat
It’s like a normal handshake, but cooler.
7. LeBron James and Mario Chalmers
Not even someone walking through can interrupt this handshake.
8. Jeremy Lin and Landry Fields
Spectacles and reading a book–what else would you expect from the handshake of two ivy league grads?
9. JR Smith and Play-by-Play Announcer
The fact that the announcer gets in on a handshake is pretty sweet.
10. EMU Basketball Team
I like the robot into the frolicy jump in this handshake.
11. Melvin Ingram and Roger Goodell
Simple, but impressive to have one with the football commissioner.
12. Knowshon Moreno and Quinton Carter
I love the fake jump into a secret handshake.
13. Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams
They never actually shake hands… but it is hilarious.
14. University of Hawaii Football
I believe this started with Missouri, but Hawaii celebrates with a rather simple handshake. Yep, just a handshake.
15. Matt Duchene and Paul Statsny
You don’t see too many hockey handshakes, but this one involves dancing and almost falling down.
16. Robinson Cano and SportsCenter Staff
Secret handshakes bring a little excitement into the office (though may also spread colds).
17. Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
It’s simple but I grew up with this handshake.
18. Cory and Shawn from Boy Meets World
Also from my childhood but there’s a lot more involved in this handshake.
19. Turk and Elliot from Scrubs
Every good handshake involves a little running man.
20. Homer Simpson and Stonecutter Guy from The Simpson’s
The best part is wearing the same shirt.
21. Troy and Abed from Community
It’s simple but effective. Also the clay versions of them do it as well.
BONUS: Gordon and Barajas of the LA Dodgers.
I saw this one after the original post but it’s too good not to include.
Got your own favorite secret handshake? Leave it in the comments.
Impressive display of guitar talent but also a cool listen to the history of rock and roll.
An impressive music video / use of a single guitar for a good cover song.
Impressive combination of cutting paper and using the removed parts to build on the art. Find more here.
Frisson is a word that comes from French meaning “a sudden, passing sensation of excitement; a shudder of emotion;” It can often be felt when listening to particularly moving songs, or emotionally fraught moments in movies. Also real life, but it’s hard to link to real life.
Of course, frisson is hard to explain, but easy to demonstrate. For that purpose, here’s a list of 10 songs, in no particular order, that are likely to cause frisson. In fact, if you can get through the whole list without feeling a single shiver of excitement, you might want to get a Voight-Kampff test because you’re a robot, fam.
An ethereal-sounding post-rock band from Iceland, Sigur Ros exemplify why people are rightfully enthralled and terrified by Iceland.
Jeff Buckley recorded this Leonard Cohen cover in 1994. Did you know one of definitions of hallelujah is, “a musical composition wholly or principally based upon the word ‘hallelujah.’” In other words: Hallelujah! Jeff Buckley covered the hallelujah “Hallelujah.”
Steven Sharp Nelson is a cello performer who has recorded a number of popular covers of songs using solely or principally cellos. He has no stated plans to record a “Cello Goodbye” cover.
“What are you tryin’ to tell me here, little man? That you don’t like Zep?” — Brock Samson, fictional character
This piece, composed in 1910, is scored to resemble an organ in sound by dividing the orchestra into three separate sections.
Fake history: One time, Gustav Holst wondered what the planets would sound like if they were music. From 1914-1916, he worked to come up with an unscientific but very entertaining musical work. This is only one piece from the seven-movement piece.
Interesting fact: There are only seven movements because Earth did not get one, and Pluto was getting cold dissed even back then. (Actually, Pluto wasn’t discovered until 1930).
According to legend, Death appears every year at midnight on Halloween, and raises the dead to dance for him until dawn. Danse Macabre is a figurative representation of this: the violin solo is the devil fiddling, the xylophone represents the rattling bones of the dead, and the oboe at the very end is the rooster’s crow signaling dawn.
And you thought classical music was boring.
See: Sigur Ros, in re enthralling / terrifying.
9. Interpol – Hands Away
Interpol is an indie rock band from New York City, a place that might not know salsa, but sure knows music.
Franz Liszt was a 19th century composer, conductor, and piano virtuoso. Which is true, but inaccurate, considering the guy was an absolute rock star.
Bonus Video: Miracle (2004)
U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
Though a few are staged/fake marketing examples, still a great video of impressive feats.