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.
Social Distancing Escalator At Local Mall.
My Dog’s Shampoo Is Tested On Humans First.
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.
This Elevator Has Giant Buttons You Can Push With Your Feet
Buried Christmas Lights
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.