A lot of the time animated GIFs leave me cold; I think they’re pointless and irritating. But sometimes I see one and think “yeah, that’s pointless and irritating but it’s also got something else, something captivating, something indescribable, something gah! about it.” This is especially true if the animation looks like it was pulled straight from a VHS tape.
Here are some animated GIFs that made me think that very thing from a recent perusal through my RSS feeds. I think it would be difficult to come up with any situation when they might be useful for illustrating some point now or in the future, and it’s equally difficult to know what possessed someone to turn them into GIFs in the first place. But someone did and for that I’m thankful. Sort of.