A Short History of the Gif

If you’re like us you’re grateful for modern technological advances like iPhones and video chatting but nothing brings you pleasure like a funny or mind-bending gif.

But how did this amazing invention come to be? Did the guy who created the infinite animated still image loop have any idea that we’d use it to capture funny moments in rap videos? Not quite. He even pronounced the “g” in the word like a “j” like the animated images were some kind of peanut butter that a choosy kid would choose–weirdo. Now through the magic of Claymation animator Sean Pecknold and LEGS Production have presented us with this brief history lesson on the awesome image format above.

Watch it above and think about the magic that went into those porn gifs you’re always end up looking at on Tumblr.

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  • Dope find. Do you think the next big milestone in GIFs will be sound or the ability to fit more high res frames in smaller file sizes?

  • Oh, Compuserve. Those were the days.