25 GIFs that explain how things work

March 18, 2016 9
25 GIFs that explain how things work

Ever wonder how a zipper works, or how a crocodile can jump straight up out of the water, or how a dog can lap up water while standing up?  These are some of the most important questions facing humanity – no doubt.  Here are a collection of 25 animated GIFs that explain how things work…  from zippers to spiders; violins to plate tectonics; and braces to dandelions;  and more.

How a zipper works

How a zipper works

 

How the gladiator spider hunts

How the gladiator hunts

 

How a violin string makes sound

How a violin works

 

How the continents have moved over time

How plate tectonics created the continents

 

How a crocodile jumps out of the water

How a crocodile jumps out of the water

 

How a lock and key works

how a lock and key works

 

How an ant walks

how an ant walks

 

How a ladybug takes off and flies

How a ladybug takes off and flies

 

What happens when we swallow

What happens when we swallow

 

How a sewing machine works

How a sewing machine works

How camouflage can be applied to a helmet

how camouflage is applied to a helmet

 

How particles move on a wave in a liquid

How a point on a wave moves

 

How vines find support

How vines find support

 

What happens when a slinky is dropped

What happens when a slinky is dropped

 

How braces work over time

How braces work (timelapse)

 

How underwater cables are laid

How underwater cables are laid

 

How corn pops

How corn pops

 

How the Pythagorean theorem works

how the Pythagorean theorem works

 

How the face develops in the womb

how the face develops in the womb

 

How a dandelion grows

how a dandelion grows timelapse

 

How to visualize and explain the value of pi

how to vizualize and explain the value of pi

 

How a trumpet works

How a trumpet works

 

How a cheetah runs and uses its tail for stability

how a cheetah runs and uses its tail

 

How a dog drinks water

How a dog drinks water

 

How a debilitating fear of the ocean develops

How a sea monster catches its prey...

 

 

Sources:  Gifsforum.com; SenorGif.com; Dayleak.com; Gifbin.com; UltraSlo.com; Mental Floss; FreeYork.

  • Mark_42

    How the continents have moved over time doesn’t seem to work, OTOH, thanks to the last one, I have just developed a debilitating fear of the ocean!

    • David Hughes

      Just wait…

    • ||||| Alaska Jack

      It’s in real time.

      • Brian Mann

        I laughed out loud. I’m glad I didn’t have any customers in the store.

      • Greg Hicks

        Hahahahaha. Excellent.

    • DreadPirateZed

      It’s not a loop, unlike the others, so it probably played to the end while you were reading/watching the top of the page. Try right-clicking and loading it in a new tab.

      • Mark_42

        You hit the nail on the head!

  • Underbridge

    Dropped Slinky was surprising, and Ontogeny Recapitulates Phylogeny (foetus-face) was just plain scary…

  • Toxic Avenger

    The last gif – GRABOIDS