The Morning GIF: Friday, January 13

Celebrating animator and elementary school teacher Lacey Micallef’s birthday—one GIF at a time. 


Fernando Alfonso III


Published Jan 13, 2012   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 10:44 pm CDT

Here at the Daily Dot, we have an unofficial tradition of sharing GIF images with each other every morning. Now we’re looping you into the circle. In the Morning GIF, we feature a popular—or just plain cool—GIF we found on Reddit, Canvas, or elsewhere on the Internet.

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One of the best part about childhood birthday parties is sitting around opening all your gifts in front of friends. As an adult, birthday parties begin to lose their charm—unless you’re a GIF animation artist.

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For animator and elementary school teacher Lacey Micallef’s birthday, Tumblr users like allduhr and machinamar made the New Yorker feel like a kid again with original GIF’s made in her honor. Micallef even got in on the fun Thursday, posting a GIF of a happy little boy walking down the street behind two bouncing hot dogs. In less than an hour the image collected 725 reblogs, likes, and comments. Someone even created in her honor,

“i can be stoned all day on my birthday and not feel guilty right? it’s my birthday right,” tweeted Micallef. “today is my birthday so i am celebrating it at a chain restaurant with texas sized alcoholic drinks!!!!”

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*First Published: Jan 13, 2012, 11:06 am CST