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It’s a GIF of a Vine of a video of a Flipbook of a GIF of a video of a roller coaster. Say that ten times fast. 

Remember that old Lewis Black joke about how a Starbucks across the street from another Starbucks signifies the end of the universe? Well, the end of the universe has changed locations. Now, it’s located at this GIF of a Vine of a Video of a Flipbook of a GIF of a video of a roller coaster.

Got that? Let’s try it again: It’s a GIF of a Vine of a video of a Flipbook of a GIF of a video of a roller coaster.

Observe:

This supreme mindf*ck was created by Tumblr user Televandalist. Let’s try to understand his creative process by going backwards.

Televandalist made a GIF out of video footage of a roller coaster ride. He then made a physical version of the GIF with Flipbookit, a hand-cranked machine that creates moving flipbook images. He posted the resulting video on Vine:

Which he then posted on his Tumblr, but in GIF form.

Got that? No? Not quite? Well, give yourself a few minutes or so and think about it again. But after you’ve worked it out, do yourself a favor and check your watch. You’ll find you’re standing at the nexus of the end of the universe, where time stands still.

H/T This is Colossal | Screengrab via The Televandalist/Tumblr

EJ Dickson

EJ Dickson

EJ Dickson is a writer and editor who primarily covers sex, dating, and relationships, with a special focus on the intersection of intimacy and technology. She served as the Daily Dot’s IRL editor from January 2014 to July 2015. Her work has since appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Mic, Bustle, Romper, and Men’s Health.

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