If last year was “the year of Penny,” 2012 was definitely the year of the animated GIF. Though these moving images have been popping up on message boards around the web for years, sites like #Whatshouldwecallme and Realitytvgifs made them a household name. On blogs, in emails, on Facebook walls—we were using them to express our excitement, frustration, boredom and every emotion in between. They say a picture tells a thousand words. Well, an animated GIF tells even more. Here, 12 GIFs from pop culture and around the web that really got us this year.