This GIF is so meta it might cause the Internet to implode

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. 

 

EJ Dickson

Internet Culture

Published May 22, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 6:43 am CDT

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.

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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.

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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:

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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

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*First Published: May 22, 2014, 9:36 am CDT