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01/15/2014 03:05 pm ET | Updated Jan 25, 2014

These Mesmerizing GIFs Will Change The Way You Look At Everyday Stuff

We're lucky enough to live in a post-industrialized world, where we can pop down to the store to pick up a few groceries without thinking twice. All the growing, harvesting, mining and biosynthesizing happens probably miles away from us in a massive factory, no doubt, by humongous machines and anonymous strangers. There are so many tiny steps in one toothpick's journey from the Brazilian forest to your left incisor that most of us wouldn't stop to think about how it was separated into its package.

But thanks in large part to the Internet, we can now marvel at all the intricate production processes -- or at least brief snippets of them -- that happen around the world every day. Prepare to be spellbound by these GIFs:

Pencils

How its made

Highlighters

How its made

A sample is tested to ensure they'll last long enough.

Ice cream sandwiches

How its made

Nom.

Crayons

How its made

Books

How its made

In what's known as perfect binding, the cover is glued onto the pages, which are already assembled.

How its made

Pages are then trimmed to the perfect size.

Chicken wire

How its made

Condoms

How its made

Before being kicked into each package, lubricant is applied to top and bottom.

Pop Tarts

How its made

Krispy Kreme donuts

How its made

Pringles

How its made

A machine shuffles the chips into identically sized columns, and zips them across to be packaged.

Balloons

How its made

A balloon-shaped mold is dipped in colored latex.

How its made

Later, a brush rolls up all the ends.

Toothpicks

How its made

Chains

How its made

Springs

How its made

How its made

Stop-motion animation

How its made

When production of "Coraline" was in full swing, 28 animators working full-time would produce only 90-100 seconds of finished animation per week.

Fortune cookies

How its made

Silver forks

How its made

Hot dogs

How its made

After the meat is ground up and churned together with salt and other ingredients, it comes out looking this amazingly delicious.

How its made

Later on, the amorphous meat stuff is made into links.

Pretzels

How its made

Dough is separated by a machine similar to this.

How its made

Here's how they're tied so perfectly.

Glass bottles

How its made

The shape of the cutting implements determines the shape of the bottleneck.

How its made

Then they're all cleaned.

Lighters

How its made

Each flint is mechanically set in place.

Spiral noodles

How its made

Pasta is squeezed into spirals and cut into individual pieces a half second later.

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