15 Incredible GIFs Show How Things Really Work

Relatively Interesting compiled a list of GIFs that show how various things actually work, from man-made inventions to mathematical principles and natural phenomena. Here are a few of our absolute favorites.

1. This brilliant visual explanation shows exactly how the Pythagorean Theorem works.
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2. Vines probe out from the plant to seek support.
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3. Here’s how ants keep from tripping over their own legs
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4. Here’s what happens when you unlock your front door.
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5. A dandelion spreads its seeds.
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6. Here’s how braces work to correct our teeth over time.
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7. So THAT’S how sewing machines work!
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8. It’s hard to believe a violin string vibrates this much until you see it in slow-motion.
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9. Check out how the continents shift over the course of millennia.
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10. How a zipper works.
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11. Popping corn.
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12. Wow, the power that crocodiles use to propel themselves up is incredible!
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13. The physics of Slinkies.
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14. Dogs drink water by making a tiny “bowl” with their tongue.
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15. Embryonic development of a human face.
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