In honor of the GIF’s 30th birthday, our editors recount the reactions that make us burst out with laughter.

June 16, 2017

What did we do before we had GIFs on the Internet? For one, we didn’t argue about whether the word was pronounced with a soft or hard G. But we also didn’t have memes. We couldn’t react to our friends messages with our feelings in an appropriate manner. And we definitely didn’t have a better way to convey sarcasm. But did you know the GIF has been in your life probably longer than you think? Though the usage and ubiquity has changed over the past 30 years, on June 15, 1987, a group of CompuServe developers created the Graphical Interchange Format.

In celebration of the anniversary, Facebook announced it would introduce a GIF button for all comments, now available for all people on Facebook around the world.

We here at Real Simple wanted to get in on the celebration, too, so we came up with a list of our favorite GIFs. Whether used in celebration, annoyance, or just generally “meh” feelings, we couldn’t imagine life without pulling out a few of these GIFs.

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