A Stop-Motion History of the GIF

Neha Prakash

The Internet's favorite file format is an old friend at this point, having just celebrated its 25th birthday. The GIF -- an acronym from Graphics Interchange Format -- lived it up this year, even scoring the coveted honor of word of the year.

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Though no one can deny the success of the GIF's career, people often don't know its humble beginnings as a dancing baby or the format known as 87A.

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So take a walk down GIF memory lane with this delightful stop-motion video directed by Sean Pecknold (LEGS Production), presented in association with Moving the Still: A GIF Festival.

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And celebrate the proud life of this powerful and whimsical Internet being before it loses its glory and goes the way of AOL Instant Messenger and GeoCities.

What's your favorite GIF? Share in the comments below.

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12. Photobombing Stingray

Five years ago, three college girls on a Caribbean vacation got a serious case of the heebeejeebies when a stingray photobombed their “say cheese” moment. The hilarious photograph could have ended up as just a fond vacay memory if it weren’t for a friend, who shared the image on Reddit in September of this year.

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Video courtesy of LEGS Production.

This story originally published on Mashable here.