Happy birthday, GIF! Image format turns 25

The Graphics Interchange Format: we all know it, and we all love it. Theres no better way to store your tacky memes and silly sprites than as a GIF (okay, other stuff, too, but who cares about that?), and the internet just wouldnt be the same without them. Chances are you cant remember a time when the web was without it, and it turns 25 today.

From Hamster Dance and the horror days of Geocities to Nyan Cat, GIFs have left their mark on the net, and dont show any signs of slowing down. How many other technologies from 1987 can you say that about? Windows 2? Macintosh II? Right – not many.

In honor of this fine occasion (and since we felt like this article was too short without it), we decided to put together a gallery of what we feel are some of the webs finest GIFs below. Just dont look at it if youre prone to seizures. Seriously.

Obviously we didnt get everything in there, but if you can think of something in particular we mightve missed, feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

Images via: gifbin.com, nyancatmp3.com, ohinternet.com, The Internet Archive, and funnyordie.com

Source: The Verge

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