Fascinating: This Animated GIF Shows 3 Different Ways To Breathe

Hey there, Air Breathing Mammal. Think you get oxygen just like the other creatures around? Not even close. Eleanor Lutz is at it again, continuing her series of designerly graphics that teach us fascinating science. This installment features a GIF animation of how three different animals breathe: humans, birds, and grasshoppers. For something as simple as “suck air in, blow air out”, this graphic shows a striking diversity of what happens to that breath once it’s inside the body.

Now you’ll know why birds are active on mountain peaks where you won’t find any mammals.

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Norman Rockwell’s “Connoisseur” Admires the GIF Masterpieces of Today

For the GIF connoisseur, there isn’t a huge selection at your local gallery or museum. But one art space has emerged digitally, bringing those with a taste for looping images that same sense of admiring a masterpiece… in the company of one particular fellow. He originally appeared in Norman Rockwell’s painting The Connoisseur in 1951. It showed him observing what looked like a Jackson Pollock piece.

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These are the Patterns Wings Trace in Flight

Although many animals take flight, they don’t do it in exactly the same way. That’s what Eleanor Lutz’ exceptional animated infographic shows us. She’s taken the flight patterns of 5 different species – egyptian fruit bat, dragonfly, Canada goose, hawk moth and hummingbird – and used Youtube videos to give us a look at how their wings move.

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Jennifers and Michaels: Two Maps Reveal the Most Popular Girls and Boys Names Over 6 Decades

If you’ve ever been in a class surrounded by people with the same name, they were probably on this map. Jezabel put together two utterly fascinating GIFs tracking the most popular boys and girls names over the last six decades – and it’s an epic battle of popularity.

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Is This the Future of Movie Posters?

What if every advertisement you saw jumped to life and let you interact? That’s certainly not a new idea – and plenty of malls now have large digital screens featuring moving ads – but could that also be the future of the movie poster? These animated examples of famous movie posters were created by an anonymous Imgur user, and capture the futuristic possibilities of cinema advertising while predicting possibilities for an exciting new industry standard.

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Mesmerizing Light Pattern GIFs Go Round and Round

Turkish multimedia artist and filmmaker Erdal Inci is back with more stunningly hypnotic GIFs. When we last featured his work, he was creating multiples of a single figure in endlessly repeating chains of motion. Now he’s created a series humbly called Light Pattern GIFs, and it’s equally hard to look away.

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Bizarelly Animated Portraits Repeat the Weirdness

Romain Laurent can take any normal scene and make it absolutely bizarre. In his recent series of animated portraits, he uses the looping GIF to repeat impossibly strange scenarios from people slapping themselves in the face (with an extra set of arms) or stepping in a circle while keeping their torso still, to blowing endless piles of leaves out from under their shirt. Why are these so ridiculous, and ridiculously fun? Perhaps it’s because this series is just a fun break from his normal routine of commercial projects.

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Now and Then: Aged Faces of Centenarians Are Restored to Youth

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Both expectations and memory are funny things. For the youth of the world, they never expect to get old… but it slowly sneaks up on everyone. For the old, it’s often hard to remember just what it was to be youthful. This captivating series puts the effect of aging front and center, showing captivating images of elderly people and then a quick sweep back to their youth in the same pose.

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Pastoral Paintings Hidden on the Edge of Old Books

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Here’s something that will have you bending all the classic books in your house: fore-edge painting, the art of hiding illustrations and paintings on the outer edges of a book. The technique, which is said to date back to as early as the 1650s, was recently brought to the webs attention by Colossal, who shared brilliant examples of the result in GIF form.

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Life Repeats Itself: A Funny, Looping GIF Per Week

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In each of these clever animations a stick figures takes center stage, humorously acting out a looping scene in a colorful cartoonish world. Whether the figure is floating away under balloons or falling off a church roof, he never quite learns his lesson. Where does each animation begin or end? It’s hard to say… and that’s what makes each example so addictive and watchable.

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