|December 10, 2006|
Esc sites involve an animated .gif image with the idea of the viewer pressing the Escape key to freeze on one frame. The original site, typogra used this concept to have viewers test their hand-eye coordination by stopping it on the "WINNER!" frame.by
Although this goal is seen in some spin-off sites such as, many new sites used this same concept to instead accomplish viewing one specific message or image in a randomly selected environment such as in . This concept was given new life with the advent of YTMND 2.0 and the option of both a foreground and background image, resulting in frenchbreadpizza's .
However, the method of pressing the escape key to freeze the .gif image reportedly only works in popular web browsers Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Mac users running Safari report issues with this sites. One suggested solution is to instead press command+period to stop this image, however this method has not been tested. To restart the YTMND, simply refresh/reload the page.
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*This site is was the first to use esc to answer strictly answer a question. It was deleted by its creator Mapo, but easily recreated because YTMND does not delete site assets with the site itself.