It’s funny, the things you find when you’re just trawling the interwebz, looking for boozy New Year’s GIFs. A German propaganda sci-fi film from the late Thirties is a funny place to find the Great White Way circa 1920, but there it is, smack at 20:55 of Weltraum Schiffi Startet Eine Technishe Fantasie (Space Ship Takeoff, a Technical Fantasy). And very dashing it looks there, too, if somewhat incongruous, what with the emphatically Teutonic voiceover announcing the triumphs and expected return of the Nazi space-conquering rocketship.
The cultural dissonance is lessened when translated to GIF form by the tireless Valentin of the GIFMovie Tumblr. Although that particular spot of NYC has probably not known silence since some time in the 1750s, it is lent an impassive dignity by the silence, allowing us to focus on the stark black and white of the image. Neon, doubtless a kaleidoscope of clash in real life, is here rendered a very existentialist white beacon against darkness. In the context of the film, it’s a metaphor for the inexorable progress of science, but to put it to the test, I’d like to see that particular corner today. Back then it advertised Calvert, a pretty decent whiskey which now belongs to Jim Beam. Today? Probably Redbull.
The GIF has had 851 notes since Dec. 22, while the YouTube languished in relative obscurity with 4,330 views in more than two years. If you like esoteric German space propaganda of the ’30s, we’ve got you covered. There are worse ways to spend New Year’s Eve than watching a nation’s lost hopes for the future while drinking bootlegged Canadian whiskey. Or is that just me?
It’s over. The Mayan apocalypse and all of the holidays came and went (well, except for Kwanzaa, the annual festival of mocking Sandra Lee, and New Year’s, the annual celebration of liver abuse and bitter regrets), and we’re all still here.
As the last of the holiday turducken or tofurkey grinds it inexorable way through your gastrointestinal system, it’s time to mull over the special moments, both good and bad, that the holiday season has brought.
Because no way will your heartburn let you sleep anyway.
We’re not too sure how you’re doing, but we, particularly once we notice the eggnog is almost gone, are overwhelmed by all the feels at the close of the holidays. This subtly emotive GIF from GIF Movie expresses it better than mere words ever could. Tears, beauty, innocence, hope, regret, and dyspepsia: our 2012 in a nutshell.
Mattel’s Barbie is not just the best-selling doll in history. She’s also a computer scientist, a racecar driver, and even the chancellor of Germany.
Now, thanks to GIFMovie, she’s also a potential human trafficking victim.
Smiling and sunny, she stands oblivious as the camera looms toward her ominously, this black and white snippet of a Barbie commercial rendered bleak and threatening by the caption. Who said ironic juxtaposition was dead? Well, it’s back, and Barbie’s got it.
This apparently imminent crime was witnessed by 956 on Tumblr.
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