Practical applications of the Wabash Cannonball

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K-State fans Wabash during the game against Oklahoma State in Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Nov. 5, 2016. (File photo by George Walker | The Collegian)

Whether at Wildcat Warm-up, Traditions Training or your first K-State sporting event, undoubtedly sometime during your years at K-State you will be tasked with learning and performing the Wabash Cannonball.

While this K-State tradition is often a game-changer during sporting events, it can also be used in many real world applications.

1. Get the Wabash-board abs of your dreams

If your normal workouts aren’t harboring the desired results, try the School Spirit Wabash Workout (Patent Pending). This application is one of the most popular, as it has helped thousands meet their fitness goals. Once you get to the point that simply Wabash-ing is too easy, feel free to add in weights. Start small and gradually get heavier. Some easy household items to use as weights include: textbooks, Phil the Bobcat or a sousaphone. But seriously, get creative!

2. Showing you absolutely understand something

Why nod your head or say “I understand” when you could nod your entire body? The best way to convey agreement or comprehension is by showing it in as aggressive a way as possible. This application is simple: when you understand or agree, simply Wabash while keeping your arms at your side.

3. Mixing a salad

As most of us know, the dressing is the least healthy part of most salads. If a salad is more evenly mixed there will be fewer clumps, and you can use less dressing. Healthy!

This application is simple: build your salad as desired, leaving space on top to allow movement. Hold the salad container firmly in front of you, and proceed to Wabash until the salad is mixed thoroughly. What’s important is to remember to put a lid on the salad container before you begin to Wabash.

4. A great conversation starter

It can be tough meeting new friends in college, but this application of the Wabash Cannonball is sure to unlock some riveting conversation. Determine the individual you want to get to know, make eye contact and begin Wabashing. Be sure to maintain eye contact the entire time in order to form an unspoken connection. They’re sure to start up a conversation after that!

5. The mating call of the century

Show those attractive K-Staters that you’re one cool (Wild) cat. Walk up to the person you are trying to impress and Wabash to your heart’s content. If you can memorize the Johnny Cash lyrics, feel free to spice it up by serenading your sweetie. A serenade with choreographed dance is always sure to impress.

Welcome back, Wildcats! This is one of the many lessons from college you’ll be able to use for the rest of your life.

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