The Best Non-Leonard Cohen Moment Of The 2011 Prince Of Asturias Awards

Why Practice Is Important but Not Taking Oneself Too Seriously Is REALLY Important

Sir Paul Nurse and Julie Maxton, President and Executive Director of The Royal Society respectively, are shown above receiving the 2011 Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities.1

The Victory Celebration

After receiving the award, the winners pivot to face each other.

They then assume initial positions for the execution of a celebratory high five.

They commence the move.

And – well, they miss.

But – and this is the key – they spontaneously fall into hilarity over their failed attempt to slap their hands together – at a distinguished awards ceremony in front of royalty, an audience, and television cameras.

Ya gotta love these guys.

And now – watch the entire event in action.


Note: Originally posted Oct 23, 2011 at, a predecessor of

  1. These are folks who, as one might surmise from their positions, are possessed of great intellect and dignity. Sir Paul Nurse is a British geneticist who won the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Leland H. Hartwell and R. Timothy Hunt for their discoveries of protein molecules that control the division (duplication) of cells in the cell cycle; he is also the Chief Executive and Director of the Francis Crick Institute. Julie Maxton studied at University College London, Canterbury University, and the University of Auckland, where she also served as the Dean of Graduate Studies, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Dean of the Faculty of Law, and holder of a chair in commercial law. She was then Registrar of the University of Oxford as well as a practicing barrister. []

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