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Where Did This Gif Come From?


I’d say there’s just a handful
of shows better than ours. Wendy Williams is
definitely one of them.( music playing )Here we are.
And there you are. And here I am.
Now, I love me a good “jif.” Sometimes I’ll stare at
a “gif” on a loop for hours
even when I’m driving. But the truth is,
I have no idea
where “jifs” come from. I don’t even know how to
pronounce the dang things, – but I’ve done some digging.
– Mm. And I have uncovered
the original videos of some of the most
popular gifs, and I’m going
to quiz Rhett on them. This is Rhett.
It’s time for… Here’s how this
is gonna work. – I’m gonna
show you a jif-gif.
– I see what you did. I’ll give you
multiple options
of the origin story of said gif-jif, and then,
uh, if you get three correct, you will win your
very own personalized… – …”jif.”
– Should we just establish
a way to pronounce it as the official position
of “Good Mythical Morning”? Or should we just
keep people in suspense and keep going back
and forth and waffling? – Let’s keep straddling the–
– All right. the ditch that runneth
full of jif-gifs. But I’m not gonna
say it both together. – I’m just gonna say “jif”–
– Both: Or “gif.” But not both. Referred to as
the greatest gif of 2017, and quite possibly
one of the greatest
“jifs” of all time, of course,
White Guy Blinking.There he is
being white and blinky.
– Rhett:Mm-hmm.
It never changes.It’s just
what you put over it…
– Rhett:Yeah.
that changes everything.It’s so good. So good. Rhett, who is this white guy
and why is he blinking? Is he A, local newscaster
Steve Winkler responding to
an inappropriate joke made by the weatherman; B, video producer
Drew Scanlon reacting to his colleague
playing an action-adventure video game during
a livestream; C, commercial actor
Brian Stocker in a LensCrafters
commercial trying to read
the bottom line
of an eye chart; or D, a social outcast
trying desperately to wink at an attractive woman
for the first time? – “How do I do this?”
– Wow. – Gotta get that girl.
– There’s a lot
of context here. Uh, this guy does not
seem like an actor. He doesn’t seem like
he’s focusing on a—
a line of text. It feels like the one that
is the most underwhelming – makes the most sense to me.
– Which is? Video producer Drew Scanlon
reacting to his colleague playing an action-adventure
video game during a livestream. Like, “Who cares?”
Exactly. That’s why this thing
went so big, because the origin
doesn’t even matter. Irony, baby. B! – You are correct.
– Hey, hey! But I don’t know
if the irony
plays a part in it. Let’s watch the clip
that it came from,and see what
he’s reacting to.
…so I’ve been
doing some farming
with my hoe here. I can kind of till the– What kind of a–
so what is that? Oh, he just said “hoe.” He said, “So I’ve been
doing some farming with my hoe here.” Oh! That simple? That simple. All right,
here’s another one. Have you ever been
both confused and unimpressed
at the same time? Well, no one does it
better than the woman in
this epic side-eye “jif”. – Link:Look at her.
– Rhett:Oh, is she on “Wendy”?Yes, she is.Who is she?
What’s happening? Is she an audience member
at “The Wendy Williams Show” reacting to Khloe Kardashian’s
daddy drama? Is she an audience member
at “The Wendy Williams Show” reacting to Wendy
arm-wrestling Ronda Rousey? Or C, an audience member
at “The Wendy Williams Show” reacting to Wendy
putting a wig on a cat? Or an audience member
at Coachella realizing everyone
around her is on Molly? Oh, ho, ho, yep. – That’s the look.
– Hmm. – So what is it?
– If you can’t get on “Wendy,” – at least get on Molly.
( laughter )– Not true.
( laughter continues )Khloe Kardashian
daddy drama, Ronda Rousey arm wrestling, or Wendy putting
a wig on a cat? Uh, man, you know,
any of these things could happen on Wendy’s show. – That show–
– All in one episode. I’d say there’s just
a handful of shows
better than ours. “Wendy Williams” is
definitely one of them. Who else? – Maury.
– Okay. What’s your answer? C, cat, wig. ( robotic voice )
C, cat, wig. Jif, gif, cat, wig.
Okay. Let’s find out.
An audience member at
the ( babbling ) Khloe Kardashian’s
biological father has always
been in question. You’ve heard this story. Many of us think that
it might be OJ Simpson, and I’ve even joked–
“Khlo-J.” You know, it would be
a perfect name. Rhett:
Heh-heh. Oh.
( laughs ) – Oh, she saw her, too.
– Yes, she did, and then she calls her out. She’s like, “We just got
a shot of you, girl. It was the perfect reaction.” – Oh, she did see her.
– Yeah, she said that
on the show. You did not get
that one right.
Here’s another one. “Mind blown” “jifs”
have been popular ever since gifs were a thing, but this is perhaps the best
“mind blown” gif of them all.Looks kinda
like Robert DeNiro,
but it is not.
– Rhett:Whoa…
– Link:What bizarre
superhero video
– is this from?
– It just keeps going. Croatian Batman,
Italian Spider-Man, Brazilian Wonder Woman,
or Canadian GMM. I didn’t know we had that. – Golly.
– Golly, he says. Oh, wow! All of these are
so intriguing to me. ( sputtering ) – Italian Spider-Man.
– It is, and I just wanted an excuse to show a clip
of Italian Spider-Man. This is some context. – Rhett:Dead woman.
( woman wailing )( Rhett laughs )
( announcer speaks Italian )What?
Is that Spider-Man in Italy? – Yes.
– I hope it is. – That is him.
– No, this guy at the end. Yeah, that guy
is Italian Spider-Man. – What?
– Smoking the cigarette. We gotta frickin’ move, man.
America’s so wack! – The pizza, too.
– Yeah, mm-hmm. – There’s lots of reasons.
– This next “jif” comes
from a rap battleon Deshawn Raw’s
YouTube channel
featuring his alter ego
Supa Hot Fire.
What epic rap lyric
did he just deliver to elicit
this jif-able reaction? – You’ve seen this.
– Oh, this is– this is one of the most
popular ones of all time. Or, “Did you ever know
that you’re my hero, and everything
I would like to be? I can fly higher
than an eagle, – for you are the wind…”
– Both: Beneath my wings. Man, these are all much lamer
than I would’ve expected, – given the reaction.
– Plucked out of context, they can– they can be
for any situation. The most clever one
is the one about your mama and politely declining
her invitation, so that’s the one
I’m gonna go with. Let’s find out
if he’s right. I broke up with my ex-girl. Here’s her number. Psych!
That’s the wrong number! – ( all clamoring )
( Rhett laughs )It’s all about the delivery. It’s all about
the delivery, you know? It’s all about rhyming
“number” and “number.” – That’s what I think it is.
– That’s right. You didn’t get
that one right, Rhett. You gotta get one more right
to get your own “jif”. – I really want it.
– Up next, excited
kid birthday gif, which features
an excited kid at a birthday. – Link:Have you seen this one?
– Rhett:This is new to me.But what’s made
this kid so excited?
Is this “jif”
pulled from a home video
of a birthday party after a man in a dinosaur
costume enters with a tray of dinosaur-shaped
chicken nuggets? A music video called
“I Died On My Birthday”
starring Alfonso Ribeiro? – Carlton from “Fresh Prince.”
– Mm-hmm. C, a local commercial
featuring a birthday party
being crashed by former Minnesota Twins
outfielder Tori Hunter? – Oh, gosh.
– Or D, a scene from
the upcoming TBS show “Get Out: The Early Years.” Ooh! Whoa-ho! This definitely doesn’t
seem like a home video. Um, uh, Alfonso–
I feel like I’m familiar – with all of Alfonso’s work.
– Mm-hmm. – You know what I’m saying?
– Okay. I feel like I would know
that this happened, ’cause I follow him
very closely. So I’m gonna go with
Minnesota Twins, Tori Hunter! Let’s find out! We have a special guest, kids. It’s Tori Hunter
from the Minnesota Twins!Look, look.
Watch, watch.
( Rhett laughs )
– Link:Look at that kid.The kid is an actor. That kind of undercuts
the power of the “jif” for me. Ah, but he’s so excited
to see Tori. Imagine how excited
he would be if he actually knew
who Tori Hunter was. – You know?
– Right? Yes. Wow, his mind
would’ve been blown. All right, you did
get three right, so you win
your very own “jif”! I’m looking for it,
but it’s digital! – Show it to him.
– Oh.It’s when–
look, it’s sunglasses
sticking to
your peanut butter hair.
It’s your glasses,
not sunglasses.
It’s your glasses.
That was when you tried
to stick your nose
in my ear. Remember that?
I remember that. – Carry that around
in your pocket.
– I will. Thanks for liking,
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– I’m Victoria. I’m Olivia. And we’re in
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– Happy birthday, triplets! Click the bottom link
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of the GMM “jifs” presented to us
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  2. GIF is pronounced with a hard G because GIF is actually an acronym and the G stands for Graphic which is pronounced with a hard G

  3. HE DOESNT KNOW ABOUT THE WRONG NUMBER MEME *starts babbling about how he probably grew up in a wooden house on an old country road* yep folks, that’s the comment section these days

  4. The moving picture = Gif with a VERY pronounced G

    The peanut butter = Jif with a VERY pronounced J
    AND I WILL STAND BY THAT

  5. the first gif was that only recognizable one. the others I have never seen before and wouldn't say they are on the top for most popular. I wish there were more recognizable ones on here.

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