Running through our daily routines with a burden of endless commitments weighing down on us, few of us find a moment to look around. To really look at things that surround us. In this rare moment, not dissimilar to a meditation of some sort, you may find stuff you have never seen before.

Like, realizing that your rug looks like an exact version of a napkin, or that your jaw from below looks just like your nose from above. Call it random, but a whopping 18.4m members of the subreddit “Mildly Interesting” totally swear by it.

Created in 2012, this online group has a devotee following on Reddit and it’s kinda crazy when you think how comparatively little it offers. It’s not “super” interesting, not even “really” interesting; the things posted here are “mildly” interesting, which makes them a perfect balance between two poles of the world, interesting, which is rare, and uninteresting, which is all too common.

So we hand-picked the mildest of interesting things from the subreddit for you to scratch your head over how random, yet cool some stuff in this crazy world is.

#1

Social Distancing Escalator At Local Mall.

Social Distancing Escalator At Local Mall.

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Liz Jackson
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2 months ago

Fun

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#2

I Have Partial Heterochromia In Both Eyes

I Have Partial Heterochromia In Both Eyes

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Juan Hernandez
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2 months ago

beautiful eye

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#3

My Dog’s Shampoo Is Tested On Humans First.

My Dog’s Shampoo Is Tested On Humans First.

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Lord Mysticlaw
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2 months ago

I approve

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Turns out that the phrase “mildly interesting” has been used way prior to the “Mildly Interesting” subreddit's launch in 2012. According to Know Your Meme, its first uses online can be traced back as early as July 2005. Just like today, it has been used to describe things that “are not completely captivating, but worth checking out.”

Know Your Meme reports that on July 10th, 2005, the site X-Entertainment compiled a list featuring “mildly interesting” print adverts found in '80s comic books and magazines.

However, it took 7 more years before internet culture really caught up with the phrase, which has become a household name to describe anything that causes “mild interest” in viewers.

#4

This Elevator Has Giant Buttons You Can Push With Your Feet

This Elevator Has Giant Buttons You Can Push With Your Feet

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes please

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#5

Buried Christmas Lights

Buried Christmas Lights

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Soap
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2 months ago

it's a path for Jack Frost :D

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#6

This Finnish Bread-Brand Put A Mask On Their Mascot

This Finnish Bread-Brand Put A Mask On Their Mascot

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Liz Jackson
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2 months ago

More American companies should start this

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Today, “mildly interesting” has grown into a sort-of internet trend with numerous Twitter accounts where people share pictures, videos, screenshots, and whatnot that best capture the essence of the phrase.

The huge popularity of the “mildly interesting” trend may have to do with the fact that it refers to the very middle ground that connects intriguing content with something bland and not worth sharing.

In the online culture where exceptionally original, rarely seen, and super captivating content is increasingly rare, “Mildly Interesting” offers a comforting space to quench one’s thirst for browsing through quite, but not too interesting stuff.

#7

My Bathroom Window Looks Like A Painting

My Bathroom Window Looks Like A Painting

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Deal _Anneal
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2 months ago

nice

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#8

My One Dog Looks Like My Other Dog's Shadow.

My One Dog Looks Like My Other Dog's Shadow.

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Liz Jackson
Community Member
2 months ago

I thought it was...

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#9

My New Fridge Came With A Noise Description

My New Fridge Came With A Noise Description

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Alex Luiz
Community Member
2 months ago

This is my fave!

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#10

My University Has A Yolo Button That Randomly Dispenses A Drink

My University Has A Yolo Button That Randomly Dispenses A Drink

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Some Cool Guy
Community Member
2 months ago

I used to be indecisive but now I'm not so sure

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#11

Found A Snoopy House On My Walk

Found A Snoopy House On My Walk

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
2 months ago

Now I need a Snoopy.

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#12

This Convenience Store’s Floor Is Made Of Bottle Caps.

This Convenience Store’s Floor Is Made Of Bottle Caps.

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Noez 🇸🇪
Community Member
2 months ago

Love it!

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#13

A Lizard Fell From The Ceiling And Left This Dusty Imprint On My Wireless Charger.

A Lizard Fell From The Ceiling And Left This Dusty Imprint On My Wireless Charger.

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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
2 months ago

Great. Now there are lizards falling from the ceiling.

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#14

My University Has A Rack For People To Lock Their Skateboards!

My University Has A Rack For People To Lock Their Skateboards!

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Roxy Eastland
Community Member
2 months ago

Now that is a great idea

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#15

Taking Quotes For A New Neon Sign For The Bar I Work At And One Of The Companies Brought Their Neon Pallet

Taking Quotes For A New Neon Sign For The Bar I Work At And One Of The Companies Brought Their Neon Pallet

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
2 months ago

Like carpet samples. That's so cool

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#16

My Freezer Produces Ice Spheres Rather Than Ice Cubes

My Freezer Produces Ice Spheres Rather Than Ice Cubes

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Deal _Anneal
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2 months ago

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imagine trying to put those into ur drink. big ooof

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#17

My Town’s Library Is Under Construction, So They’re Using An Old Grocery Store As The Temporary Library

My Town’s Library Is Under Construction, So They’re Using An Old Grocery Store As The Temporary Library

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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
2 months ago

I work at a homeless shelter, currently located in an old grocery store. The sign above the staff desk says "EXPRESS LANE 15 ITEMS OR LESS".

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#18

My Mom Has A Mark Twain Novel Written Under His Real Name

My Mom Has A Mark Twain Novel Written Under His Real Name

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Deal _Anneal
Community Member
2 months ago

Interesting....

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#19

Our Wedding Bands Are Laser Engraved With Each Other's Fingerprint

Our Wedding Bands Are Laser Engraved With Each Other's Fingerprint

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Jørgen Bjerke
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Can you use it to unlock the other person's cell phone?

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#20

Covid Vaccine Being Delivered Via Ice Cream Trucks And Police Escort To A Hospital

Covid Vaccine Being Delivered Via Ice Cream Trucks And Police Escort To A Hospital

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bubblegum witch
Community Member
2 months ago

the ice cream man serving the people as always

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#21

I Restored A Beat To Hell Old Pair Of Doc Martens I Found Lying Around My Neighborhood.

I Restored A Beat To Hell Old Pair Of Doc Martens I Found Lying Around My Neighborhood.

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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
2 months ago

I've done similar. Amazing how well leather holds up.

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#22

The Hospital I Work For Was Originally Designed To Be A Hotel

The Hospital I Work For Was Originally Designed To Be A Hotel

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow, that's a very festive hospital

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#23

Making Breakfast This Morning, A Broken Yolk Formed Around A Bubble To Create A Reverse Egg.

Making Breakfast This Morning, A Broken Yolk Formed Around A Bubble To Create A Reverse Egg.

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Bored Little Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

Omg i made an egg ealier and it broke....

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#24

My Flatmate Placed A Mirror To Get Sun Into Their Room

My Flatmate Placed A Mirror To Get Sun Into Their Room

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Fred and George Weasley
Community Member
2 months ago

genius

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#25

Found These 110(?) Year Old Crayolas In The Back Of A Family Secretary Desk. The Pack Still Has The Crayons.

Found These 110(?) Year Old Crayolas In The Back Of A Family Secretary Desk. The Pack Still Has The Crayons.

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Liz Jackson
Community Member
2 months ago

Educational color work

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#26

My Rug Looks Like A Giant Version Of My Napkin

My Rug Looks Like A Giant Version Of My Napkin

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bubblegum witch
Community Member
2 months ago

ctrl-c

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#27

My Tires Have Percentages Cast Into The Rubber That Slowly Appear The More Miles You Drive So You Know How Much Tread Depth Is Remaining.

My Tires Have Percentages Cast Into The Rubber That Slowly Appear The More Miles You Drive So You Know How Much Tread Depth Is Remaining.

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Erizzle
Community Member
2 months ago

Brilliant!

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#28

The Thorn That’s Been Traveling Through My Fingernail Since July 18 Completed Its Journey In October

The Thorn That’s Been Traveling Through My Fingernail Since July 18 Completed Its Journey In October

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Cip IESAN
Community Member
2 months ago

Got the same experience, but with a hole in my fingernail.

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#29

This Hi-Hat Stand Used As A Handsfree Sanitizer Dispenser

This Hi-Hat Stand Used As A Handsfree Sanitizer Dispenser

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
2 months ago

I love seeing all the sanitizer dispensers different stores come up with

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#30

Burned Out Microwave Bulb Left This Smoke Pattern Inside

Burned Out Microwave Bulb Left This Smoke Pattern Inside

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bubblegum witch
Community Member
2 months ago

this would make a gorgeous necklace pendant

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#31

The Machine That Made This Penny Must’ve Missed The Coin Face By A Bit

The Machine That Made This Penny Must’ve Missed The Coin Face By A Bit

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Cip IESAN
Community Member
2 months ago

It's rare! A real collector!

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#32

My 100% Complete Collection Of Every LEGO Shield Ever Made

My 100% Complete Collection Of Every LEGO Shield Ever Made

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Liz Jackson
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2 months ago

Are you SURE

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#33

These Handles Don't Connect To The Floor So The Floor Can Be Cleaned More Easily.

These Handles Don't Connect To The Floor So The Floor Can Be Cleaned More Easily.

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
2 months ago

That's really smart

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#34

Me And My Brother Made A Bridge For School That Held 65 Pounds!

Me And My Brother Made A Bridge For School That Held 65 Pounds!

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Liz Jackson
Community Member
2 months ago

Holy guacamole

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#35

Found My Great Grandpa’s Wwii Air Force Goggles With Wwii Dirt Still On Em

Found My Great Grandpa’s Wwii Air Force Goggles With Wwii Dirt Still On Em

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Cip IESAN
Community Member
2 months ago

A piece of history and of his story...

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#36

At The Back Of This Intel Sticker You Can See The Processor Architecture

At The Back Of This Intel Sticker You Can See The Processor Architecture

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bubblegum witch
Community Member
2 months ago

oh wow i always thought it was shiny for the aesthetic

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#37

My Girlfriend’s China Was Made In Occupied Japan.

My Girlfriend’s China Was Made In Occupied Japan.

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Brandy Grote
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2 months ago

Collectible!

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#38

At My Work, We Have Bags Of Pure Oreo Cream

At My Work, We Have Bags Of Pure Oreo Cream

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Candace Fitzpatrick
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2 months ago

I thought it said vinaigrette lol

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#39

My Jaw From Below Looks Like My Nose From Above

My Jaw From Below Looks Like My Nose From Above

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Cip IESAN
Community Member
2 months ago

Nose on the left, right?

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#40

In Autumn, My City Has A Public Service That Comes By And Sucks Up The Leaves You Rake To The Curb

In Autumn, My City Has A Public Service That Comes By And Sucks Up The Leaves You Rake To The Curb

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh wow! I never know what to do with my raked leaves

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#41

This House I Toured Had A Hidden Entrance To Their Utility Room

This House I Toured Had A Hidden Entrance To Their Utility Room

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bubblegum witch
Community Member
2 months ago

secret tunnellll

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#42

We Have A Bedroom For My Dog Under The Staircase

We Have A Bedroom For My Dog Under The Staircase

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Aski Markup
Community Member
2 months ago

Harry, is that you?

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#43

The Old Escalators Of Wynyard Train Station In Sydney Now Hang From The Ceiling

The Old Escalators Of Wynyard Train Station In Sydney Now Hang From The Ceiling

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Bron
Community Member
2 months ago

Being a country kid, escalators weren’t a thing in my childhood. These were the first I’d been on and they were very steep!

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#44

This Art Made With One Way Mirrors In My Town.

This Art Made With One Way Mirrors In My Town.

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uber mensch
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2 months ago

WANT

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#45

This Old Copper Crayon Turned Green

This Old Copper Crayon Turned Green

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Juan Hernandez
Community Member
2 months ago

thats crazy . like is there copper mixed with the crayon?

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#46

Amish/Mennonite People Looking At A Super Car

Amish/Mennonite People Looking At A Super Car

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ƒιѕн
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2 months ago

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Trying to figure out where to hook up the horses.

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#47

At My Local Supermarket, The Price Of Rum Goes Up As The Naval Ranking Goes Down

At My Local Supermarket, The Price Of Rum Goes Up As The Naval Ranking Goes Down

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Cip IESAN
Community Member
2 months ago

Quite expensive, even it feels a bit cheap...

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#48

My New Meds Are Ball-Shaped

My New Meds Are Ball-Shaped

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bubblegum witch
Community Member
2 months ago

forbidden boba

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#49

The Way The Sun Damaged My Ring Binder

The Way The Sun Damaged My Ring Binder

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
2 months ago

That's awesome!

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#50

Worlds Largest Dragline Bucket. Moved 650,000 Lbs Per Scoop. (Dog For Scale)

Worlds Largest Dragline Bucket. Moved 650,000 Lbs Per Scoop. (Dog For Scale)

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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
2 months ago

Holy sh*t - what hauls it?

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