One of your best friends turns 30 today, and you probably didn’t even get them a card.
The GIF was born on June 15, 1987. According to Vox, “the most beloved image file extension on the internet was birthed by a team of CompuServe developers seeking a way to compress images with minimal data loss.” From such technical beginnings, the GIF has transformed into such an integral part of internet culture that it’s part and parcel with the way humans communicate in 2017. For example, Facebook just made the format usable in post comments.
Now, we could dive into the hard-G/soft-G pronunciation debate. But instead, like the good Texans we are, we’ll just raise a frosty Shiner Bock to the 30 essential Lone Star State-inspired GIFs you need to get by in this cold, minimally animated world.
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