The ancient art of clapping has been a staple of our demonstrative appreciation since man first took to the stage. When bearing witness to events of an impressive magnitude, it is unfathomable as to how one can resist the urge to viciously mash one’s hands together in a fit of animalistic ecstasy.
One modern manifestation of this ancient art arises in a setting that is all too familiar with students – the end of a lecture. The Whip caught up with one student, Dan Cunningham, who told us about his ‘clappreciation’ and how the lecture hall is just his first step on a path to something more.
“I feel it’s important to let the lecturer know that they’re doing a good job you know?” claimed Dan. He later went on to express the necessity of the clap in a time of ‘great anti-clapping sentiment’.
To understand where Dan’s passion for clapping arose from, The Whip approached his close family. In a brief discussion with Dan’s mother, she revealed how his father incited this passion into Dan from an early age.
“Dan’s father believes that appreciating the little things in life is the key to happiness, from a pointless answer on the hit telly show Pointless, to the landing of a Boeing 747, we should strive to relish in the appreciation of it all.”
Dan later explicated how he wished to follow his father’s philosophy, hoping one day to celebrate the landing of a plane in the only way he knows how.