The internet is flooded with hilarious animated gifs of jumping cats, running babies, and hilarious fails. But there’s a whole different class of gifs out there – gifs that can educate and fascinate. These 20 awesome gifs will do precisely that – show you how the world works.
The cool thing about these animated gif images is that they show just how effective a well-chosen video clip can be, no matter how brief. For example, the gif with the Earth situated next to various stars takes only a few seconds to communicate the incomprehensible differences in scale between our planet and the biggest star we know of. The bean sprout gif explains how this plant can find solid objects to climb quickly in just a short clip.
Enough with the silly fail and cute puppy gifs – educate yourself with these! (H/T)
01. This is how an energy-absorbing slinky falls when dropped
02. This is how the internal mechanism of a lock works
03. Beans’ tendrils slowly rotate to find solid supports to climb
04. This clip illustrates how small the Earth would be compared to NML Cygni, the most giant has known star
05. This is what an egg looks like underwater without its shell
06. Here’s what happens when you dump a pot of boiling water into -41C air
07. This is how a ladybug unsheathes its wings and lifts off
08. This is how military helmet camouflage is applied
09. Dogs cup their tongues like this to lap up water
10. A cheetah uses its tail to counter torsion and keep balance as it chases its prey
11. The chrysopelea, or flying snake, can glide as many as 100 meters through the air
12. The sun never sets during an arctic summer – here’s what a “day” looks like
13. These boxes demonstrate why the Pythagorean Theorem is true
14. One theory claims that the Easter Island statues were “walked” to their places
15. This gif shows the development of the human face in the womb
16. Here’s how chains are assembled
17. This gif demonstrates why snake venom is deadly
18. How to remove your computer monitor’s polarizing filter
19. Sulfur hexafluoride, a gas much denser than air, is poured into a boat that is floating on it
20. Some octopuses have uncanny and excellent camouflage skills
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