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See history come to life in these mesmerizing GIFs from the National Archive

The National Archives and Records Administration is the keeper of the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. If you visit the National Archives Museum in D.C., you can even see the Magna Carta.

But those historic documents hardly have the same internet appeal as a patriotic rodent.

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Over the last month, this flag-waving squirrel has been viewed more than three million times on the website Giphy, according to The New York Times. The website is the global archive of sorts for animated GIFs, those short animated loops we love.

Now, the GIF depository and manufacturing engine has teamed with the National Archive to bring to live some iconic moments in American history. Well, and some merely amusing moments. This is the internet, after all.

We scrolled through the collection to select some favorites. Naturally, we were fond of those featuring classic stars like Yvonne Craig, Rod Serling, Donna Reed and George Reeves. It was also nice to be reminded of Woodsy the Owl and Bookmobiles. We haven't thought of those in ages!

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That deserves a round of applause.

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