30 GIFs That Explain The World Around Us

Convening the best aspects of photo and video into one pith and movement-filled entity, the GIF is the Internet’s wunderkind. While arguments have arisen about its pronunciation, everyone can agree that they do a fine job of entertaining and informing an audience whose mobile lifestyles demand that content be quick, to the point and easy to absorb. Enjoy these thirty fantastic GIFs that explain the world around us:

How The Human Face Forms In The Womb

GIFs Human Face Forming

Formed both by intramembranous and endochondral ossification, it’s in a woman’s first trimester that the fetus’ skull is most susceptible to developing skull deformities.

The History Of US States And Territories In Maps

GIFs History Of US

An elementary school student’s dream come true: all of the information on the competing interests within the United States–minus the stuffy history books.

How The Easter Island Moai Statues Might Have Been Transported

GIFs Easter Island Transport

The Polynesian statues have boggled minds for centuries–both in terms of size and the technical prowess of those responsible for moving them. One possible explanation for how they may have been transported may be seen above.

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Felice Varini’s Incredible Illusions

Felice Varini Village

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Felice Varini Village Circles

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Art’s subjective nature grants it power, and Felice Varini’s unique perspective packs his work with a major punch. The Swiss artist who swapped the Alps for the Eiffel Tower has dedicated the last thirty years to inventing impressive illusions that challenge our perception of the space around us.

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The Curious Life Of A Poodle Trainer

With puffs of bleached hair not unlike her beloved poodles, Irina Markova truly embodies the idea of how one event–positive or negative–in childhood can inform one’s future. “The Poodle Trainer” has made its rounds at several film festivals, with critics praising it for its ability to “[pack] humor and tragedy into a subtle and perfectly paced seven minutes”. Watch and see if you agree.

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