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Reddit’s r/behindthegifs puts your favorite wacky GIFs in context

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Ever wonder why everyone was kicking that trashcan?

Part of what makes gifs so glorious is their total lack of context. It makes them funnier, more versatile to use as a part of conversation when you can apply your own context.

But if you’ve ever really wanted to know the true story behind your favorite GIFs, look no further than Reddit‘s r/behindthegifs.

Take, for instance, this trashcan with a rather unpopular opinion:

Or this one, about an ambitious turtle.

A lot of the submissions are dominated by one user, KatSwenski, who took a multi-GIF approach to solving the dumpster fire that is 2016.

Swenski also made this one, about a robot scorned.

All of Swenski’s comics are viewable on her website, where she also takes commissions.

But the inspiration for the subreddit started with a simple premise.

And now it’s become a way to explain the unexplainable.

The Daily Dot has reached out to Swenski about her impressive GIF backstories and is awaiting a response.

Cynthia McKelvey

Cynthia McKelvey

Cynthia McKelvey covered the health and science for the Daily Dot until 2017. She earned a graduate degree in science communication from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2014. Her work has appeared in Gizmodo, Scientific American Mind, and Mic.com.