The Morning GIF: Then and now

Which came first, the science or the madness?


Lorraine Murphy


Published Jul 31, 2012   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 1:40 pm CDT

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.

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The future confronting the past: who among us hasn’t stared, misty-eyed, at an old photo of ourselves as children, thinking wistfully about the path not taken? Thanks to technological advances, we can now actively converse with our former selves.

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One wonders what these two would have to say to each other.

A mad scientist and his youthful avatar: an apprehensive, gap-toothed innocent with a backdrop of biplanes and bombs, and a goggle-eyed, sinister figure who has clearly become the monster to fight the monster. But does his hand shake in self-loathing, or self-affirmation?

The monster first surfaced on Feb. 25, on artist Colin Raff’s Zesty Bagatelles website. It was cross-posted to his ZBags Tumblr on April 1, where it’s picked up an apprehensive, haunted 638 notes since.

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*First Published: Jul 31, 2012, 7:59 am CDT