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The Morning GIF: Sloppy salutes
Adolf Hitler and the terrible heil
Here at the Daily Dot, we swap GIF images with each other every morning. Now we’re looping you in. In the Morning GIF, we feature a popular—or just plain cool—GIF we found on Reddit, Canvas, or elsewhere on the Internet.
Heil five, Hitler!
Here in today’s GIF we present visual proof that the Nazi leader was just as uncoordinated doing his Aryan salutes as your geeky Uncle Robert giving a high five. If he hadn’t been the supreme leader of the German forces in World War II (we refer to Hitler; we don’t know about Robert), he could never have gotten away with the half-hearted and limp-elbowed salute he flings to this anonymous autograph hound. Or, come to think of it, that hat.
The GIF comes to us from Imgur, via Reddit, where it’s had 11,038 upvotes 8,795 downvotes, 460,212 views, and 783 comments in 18 hours. There is no metric to express the number of times it has been made the punchline of a Godwin joke.
Lorraine Murphy is an Ottawa-based cybersecurity journalist and founding editor of the Cryptosphere. She has a keen interest in WikiLeaks and web culture, and her bylines have appeared in Salon, Vanity Fair, Serious Eats, and elsewhere.