If there is one weekly activity that I do everything in my power not to miss, it’s Trivia Night. I’m on a team with my boyfriend’s family, and it’s ridiculously fun…not only because I’m ridiculously competitive.
However, today’s blog is not about Trivia Night–it’s about the topic of a question from Trivia Night. Because I have a plethora of useless celebrity and pop culture knowledge, my boyfriend’s brother asked if we would join him at his other Trivia Night. One of the questions started with the words “Neil Patrick Harris” and I held out my hand for the answer sheet. My boyfriend’s brother looked skeptical, but come on–it’s NPH. I know my NPH. The question ended up being about Doogie Howser (still knew the answer, by the way), but I most fondly think of NPH as the lecherously adorable Barney Stinson.
Barney Stinson is one of the main characters from one of my favorite shows How I Met Your Mother. A steadfast bachelor and ladies man, Barney uses tricks from his Playbook in order to coerce women into going home with him. Yes, it sounds deceitful and disgusting (and it is a little bit), but throughout the series, we learn that Barney does have the capability of being in a committed relationship and that his humor surpasses the ickiness.
Here are my Top 5 Barney Moments:
5. Practice Makes Perfect
In season 2, Barney earns a spot on The Price is Right so that he can meet his biological father, Bob Barker. You see, when asked by her son who his real father is, Barney’s mother just glanced at the television and said, “I don’t know…that guy” and pointed to Bob Barker. For years, Barney chose to believe this lie and practiced learning the prices of things so that he might one day succeed if he were to get on the show.
Now, if you’ve seen The Price is Right, you know that one of the contestant’s crowning moment is the run from his seat to his place on Contestant’s Row. Normal people are just excited and show sincere emotion in being chosen. Then there’s Barney.
Click here and you’ll see what I mean.
4. Everyone Loves a Christmas Carol…Except Ted
The writers of How I Met Your Mother realized that Broadway veteran NPH has a beautiful singing voice and so they gave him countless opportunities to sing on the show. One of my favorites is when Barney decides to sing Christmas carols. Inappropriate Christmas carols. About Ted’s sister.
3. The 3-Day Rule
As someone who has dated around (understatement of the century), Barney is a big believer is what works when trying to keep a woman’s interest and therefore is a huge proponent of the 3-Day Rule. For those of you who didn’t see Swingers, the 3-Day Rule is that a man or woman should wait 3 days after a date before calling someone. Like I stated in the last sentence, I believe that the 3-Day Rule became popular after the release of the Jon Favreau movie Swingers, but Barney believes that it comes from a much more famous person.
And you’re welcome for that knowledge about the inventor of the high five, too.
2. Grab Some Tissues…Just Do It
Womanizer Barney does not seem as though he would be the ideal parent. In the series finale of How I Met Your Mother, however, Barney’s sexual escapades catch up with him, and he gets a woman pregnant. He’s horrified and is praying that his partner was mistaken when it came to the baby’s paternity. But then he meets his daughter and…I’m sorry, I just can’t. Just watch.
1. How I Knew Barney and I Had Something in Common
I’m quite the goody two shoes, so if I tried to find something that Barney and I had in common, it would be nearly impossible. However, in the episode where Marshall and Lily have their first baby, Barney’s day is made in a fashion that would have brought me a similar amount of joy.