There’s something humbling and almost tearfully beautiful about the tiles perfectly aligned on the sidewalk. About smooth cake icing that looks like an ice-skating rink. About a spotless lid on a yogurt cup. About the clouds forming a perfect…You get it.
In this perfectly imperfect world, we all crave order, symmetry, and evenness. Luckily, the r/OddlySatisfying subreddit is doing every perfectionist a public service by supplying some of the most oddly satisfying sightings that give us a fix of flawlessness. From a perfect stack of pancakes to cats lying like yin and yang, this is something I live for.
Oddly satisfying refers to any kind of sighting, either picture or video, that’s incredibly satisfying to look at. The concept has gained quite a cult following on the internet thanks to the r/OddlySatisfying subreddit, which has a whopping 5 million members. The group was created back in 2013, and it celebrates all the “little things that are inexplicably satisfying.”
According to Know Your Meme, "oddly satisfying" and similar phrases had been used online even earlier than that. It first occurred as early as June 4th, 2011 when a post was published on Jezebel titled "An Oddly Satisfying Montage Of 'You Just Don’t Get It, Do You?' Moments."
Moreover, r/OddlySatisfying was inspired by another hugely popular subreddit community, r/mildlyinteresting, “which was born out of a discussion in r/WTF about the need of a clearer categorical distinction between images that are evocative of WTF and those that would be more aptly described as ‘mildly interesting.’”
Perfectly Cozy, Curled Up Cats
Fast forward to today, when oddly satisfying and mildly interesting videos are ruling the internet like never before. “We don’t need to be able to explain why we like something in order for it to exist,” Kevin Allocca, head of trends and culture at YouTube, told Wired.
The phenomenon of oddly satisfying pictures and videos, according to Kevin, has to do with the fact that we've never had a descriptor for this kind of stuff. “I think we’ve always had a desire to watch these type of things, but we just didn’t have the language for it. Now we do.”
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This Mystique Cosplay Mid Merge (By Magnetomystique)
This Cake (Credit: Malizzi Cakes)
This Boulder With Stretched Bronze Does It For Me
A Single Fallen Tree Holding Back The Duckweed In The Wetlands Of Louisiana
These Rhubarb Pies
I’m An Art Teacher And I Moved To A New School This Past Summer. The Previous Teacher Did Not Share My Love Of Organization. Behold The Before And After Of My Paper Closet!
The Way The Veins Of The Leaf Align On The Creases Of The Hand
My Friend Let Her Chickens Loose On A Watermelon. They Picked It Clean
My Succulent's Offshoot
This Scoop Of Peanut Butter
I Kept On Passing This, So On The Third Night I Decided To Take A Picture
This Pic Of An Ending Day
A Picture Demonstrating How Smoke Is Particulate Matter Suspended In Air
This Rubber Band Stuck In My Shoe
A Flower I Found In Hawaii A Few Months Ago
This Photo Of The Moon And A Plane
My Mom Works At Amazon And She Sent Me A Photo Of One Of The Trucks She Loaded
The Arrangement Of These Bubbles Looks Like Europe And Asia
When Your New Dock Supervisor Is Fresh Out Of The Military
My Pretty Stack Of Mini Pancakes
Note: this post originally had 82 images. It’s been shortened to the top 50 images based on user votes.