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Today is National High Five Day

April 16th, 2009 by Bill Corbett · 32 Comments

high five squirrel

National High Five Day, or NH5D, was created by our Rifftrax colleague Conor — with a degree of irony, or not, that I don’t pretend to understand. But for people younger and sharper than myself, Conor explains it HERE.

So get out there TODAY and celebrate NH5D in a manner you deem appropriate, with other people and/or small rodents.

NOTE: to the best of my knowledge, neither man nor squirrel above is made of wax. Apologies.

***Conor Adds***

Finally, FINALLY, a respectable news organization gives our day the recognition it deserves! If you’ve got ten minutes to spare, check out the video we made three National High Five Day’s ago.


For anyone who disputes the meaningful impact that the High Five can have, remember that this fake holiday led directly to my getting a job here at RiffTrax!  NH5D 2006 fell on 4/20, and when the Vice President of Legend Films went looking for 4/20 related sites for a Reefer Madness DVD promotion, she found After that, only a minimal amount of begging was necessary to get me a job!

The moral of the story:  Act on your late night drunken impulse to skip class, call in sick to work, and give high fives instead. It may pay off four years down the line.

***Conor Adds Again***

Tom Pinella, who brought NH5D to his high school years ago and kept it going at Penn State, penned this NH5D article for College Humor

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32 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jenifersf on Apr 16, 2009 at 9:42 am

    High five, everybody! In theory.

  • 2 Casey on Apr 16, 2009 at 9:51 am

    This is just a slap in the face to people who work at firework factories… run old print presses… and Frodo.

  • 3 rebisaz on Apr 16, 2009 at 9:59 am

    *Theoretical, if slightly too enthusiastic, high five*!

  • 4 Conor Lastowka on Apr 16, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Go to hell Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown!!!

  • 5 Jmaes on Apr 16, 2009 at 10:02 am

    I am happy to report that the streets of Washington DC are fully of smiling High Fivers!. Quite a welcome departure from the usual partisan bickering and stuffiness.

  • 6 chrismartindeed on Apr 16, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Casey, you left out the fine artisans who make chainsaw sculptures.

  • 7 BEMaven on Apr 16, 2009 at 10:15 am

    That’s the same damned squirrel who offered to read my palm for $ 5.

    Do you have his address? He never gave me change for my $10 bill.

  • 8 attaturk on Apr 16, 2009 at 10:18 am

    I saw a handful of people being teabagged yesterday and though they seemed an angry lot, you would think they’d be high-fiving people today.

  • 9 Wesley Stamper on Apr 16, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Conor, on the off chance you don’t feel that NH5D is getting the kind of publicity it deserves, you could do worse than getting this fellow on your team:

    Don’t let NH5D become a footnote in history. Ensure its rightful place alongside Christmas and Oompa Loompa Awareness Day, won’t you?

  • 10 puerileuwaite on Apr 16, 2009 at 10:50 am

    NH5D is an abomination to “Low Ceiling Fan Day”.

  • 11 Casey on Apr 16, 2009 at 10:56 am

    They are far more offended by “put your hands in the air.. and wave them like you just don’t care” because they hate the blatant not caring.. and taking ones hands for granted.

  • 12 Ben on Apr 16, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Apparently, it is also National Healthcare Decisions Day, National Divorce Day and National Golf Day as well.

    …so, you can see that my plate is kind of full today. Maybe I can high five my ex-wife after we sign the divorce papers on the 9th hole.

    (too bad I missed National Pirate Day yesterday…

  • 13 Earl Fando on Apr 16, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Don’t forget to liberally add sunscreen at holes 1, 5, 12, and 15 to keep your cancer premiums low.

  • 14 Earl Fando on Apr 16, 2009 at 11:13 am

    That’s no ordinary squirrel. That’ s BatSquirrel.

    He works with actual Robins.

  • 15 awfulgoodmovies on Apr 16, 2009 at 11:33 am

    “Book em’ Dano!”……….I Loved that show! Always wanted to live in Hawaii.


    Ohh!……National High five day?! ? I thought it read ‘National Hawaii Five-O day’.

  • 16 jason on Apr 16, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    It’s also ‘Get High’ day and Hitler’s birthday (the Nazi’s sieg heil instead of high five, tho).
    I like the concept of High Five day better.

  • 17 jason on Apr 16, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Waitaminute- is today the 20th? Never mind- I meant to say today is National ‘Oh Crap I Forgot To Do My Taxes! Day’.
    I’ve been up too long (37 hours and counting).

  • 18 jenifersf on Apr 16, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Wait a minute! Is a “High Five” a kind of sex act? *runs over to Urban Dictionary*.

  • 19 jenifersf on Apr 16, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Oops, turns out that it’s several.


  • 20 jenifersf on Apr 16, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Oh, I forgot to mention, at work a couple of days ago I had a good sale and my boss went to high five me at the exact time I went to fist bump him. He then went to meet my fist bump at the exact moment I switched to the high five. Most awkward work moment ever.

  • 21 Houndstooth Mind on Apr 16, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    I personally spread the good word about national high 5 day through our good community and I high 5′d 10 people. Remember the reason for the season!

  • 22 BEMaven on Apr 16, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Upon closer examination, I think it’s Squeak The Squirrel

  • 23 BEMaven on Apr 16, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    That would account for the strange response when I high-fived several streetwalkers.

  • 24 Remmie Barrow on Apr 16, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Don’t forget backstabbing.

  • 25 Erica on Apr 16, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    No, no, it’s Rocky the Squirrel, you know, THE Rocket J. Squirrel – he usually has his little flying ace helmet on so he keeps those big old ears hidden.

  • 26 Gina on Apr 16, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Poor Frodo! He never gets a break.

  • 27 Gina on Apr 16, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Sounds like a scene from “The Office.” You should send it in.

  • 28 ShutterBun on Apr 16, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Oy vey. My website “” came SO close to getting me a job at which I’m INFINITELY more qualified than Connor (verified)

    Thanks a pantload, Cure fans!

    Sigh. High five n’ stuff.

  • 29 Neal_with_an_"a" on Apr 17, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    If Conor hasn’t seen this already, it’s probably right up his alley (and worth watching by anyone interested in group high-fives).

  • 30 Jim Treacher on Apr 17, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Or as I like to call it, Rick Allen Day.