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The Most Iconic Pop Culture GIFs Of 2015

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    Sure, the Oxford English Dictionary voted the crying-laughing emoji — a.k.a. “Face With Tears of Joy” — the “word” of the year. That’s only because we don’t live in J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world, where magical moving images can appear on the front of newspapers and other print publications. Otherwise, any one of the following GIFs would be a worthy candidate for 2015’s most iconic “word,” if we’re apparently calling images words now. What a time to be alive.

    Sad ruminations on the current state of language aside, let’s talk about GIFs, baby. These Graphics Interchange Format images (the more you know) really do manage to speak louder than words composed of paltry letters. When HR sends a company-wide email dismissing everyone early the Wednesday before Thanksgiving? The only appropriate response is a GIF, of course.

    Pop culture events seem increasingly rife with GIF-able moments that will later go down in your chat history as a witty, moving image response to an email or text. We’ve helpfully corralled the most iconic ones of 2015 right here, because as the saying goes, choosy moms choose GIF. "Mom" here being used in the most Tumblr sense of the word, and GIF being pronounced the way the creators intended (like the peanut butter brand).

    You deserve only the best GIFs the year had to offer. Here they are in chronological order.


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    Enter Cookie Lyon
    January 7

    Just when the new year blues were kicking in, we met #girlboss Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) on Empire. The savvy, sassy, stylish matriarch of one of hip-hop’s hottest families has the perfect comeback and animal print for every occasion. Now, what were you saying, Boo Boo Kitty?

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    Chrissy Teigen Cries At The Golden Globes
    January 12

    Chrissy Teigen couldn’t help but shed a tear as husband John Legend accepted the Golden Globe for “Glory,” the song he co-wrote with Common for Selma. As the photo quickly spread across the internet on social media, becoming first a meme and then a GIF, Teigen took the high road. She tweeted about how quickly the joke took hold and fake apologized for not practicing her cry face. Later on, Teigen and Legend posted a picture of their cry faces on Instagram. They continue to be the best.

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    Left Shark Wins The Super Bowl
    February 2


    Okay, so the Patriots technically won the Super Bowl — or did they *really,* given Deflategate and all that jazz? For those of us who watch the Super Bowl for the commercials and the halftime show, the true star of the show was none other than Katy Perry’s backup dancer in a shark suit, who didn’t quite have the choreography to “Teenage Dream” in sync with Right Shark. Let’s be honest, we all have our Left Shark moments. Plus, this is him. Left Shark 2016.

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    Pharrell Side-Eyes Taylor Swift At The Grammys
    February 8


    OMG, like, did Pharrell totally rebuff award-show-dancing queen Taylor Swift at the Grammys? This Vine says YES, but Pharrell insists NO in a later interview. Case CLOSED. #fakedrama #causebabynowwegotgladblood

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    Benedict Cumberbatch’s Flask
    February 22


    Neil Patrick Harris’ opening number at the Oscars was so good it drove Benedict Cumberbatch to drink. What’s the expression...you can’t please all the people all the time? Oh well; you’ll get 'em next time, NPH.