This Online Group Is Dedicated To ‘Mildly Interesting’ Stuff, And Here Are Their 50 Best Posts (New Pics)
With everything that's going around the internet, we have become hard to surprise. WTF stock photos, ridiculous real estate listings, and other similar gems have desensitized our 'Whoah!' sensors. But one online community consistently amazes even those who think they've seen it all. Of course, I'm talking about r/MildlyInteresting.
As we have shown you in our earlier publications here, here, and here, the members of this subreddit always seem to find the stuff that lifts your eyebrows. Either by showing off their own or reposting someone else's pictures, these folks know how to entertain. So continue scrolling and check out what they've got in store for us today.
My Oven Shows The Time That You Started Cooking Incase You Didn’t Set A Timer
For one of our earlier publications on r/MildlyInteresting, its moderator RedSquaree, said, "I think we've done an amazing job of curating a subreddit that is still niche despite being hugely popular."
"The content is roughly the same today as it was almost a decade ago. Most subs change (for the worse) as they grow, but we've kept things mild—just the way people want it," they explained.
It's hard to pinpoint what makes something 'mildly interesting' but as my colleague Innes highlight, there’s a certain theme running throughout the images: they depict things that go against the grain of what we consider as “normal” in everyday life. Or, they capture some bizarre coincidence that we would never have expected.
My Cat Has One Eye And This Is How She Peeks Around Corners
My Public Library Tells You How Much Money You’ve Saved By Checking Things Out Instead Of Buying Them
The Roof Of This Small Chapel Collapsed, And Instead Of Rebuilding It Normally They Made It Out Of Glass
But RedSquaree, who has been looking over the subreddit for some time, thinks the main ingredient of the formula is ambiguity. They said, "Everyone probably has a slightly different interpretation or idea of what is mildly interesting." But they believe that the concept of relatability is most important—it has to be "nothing spectacular but something novel".
However, this can also make it difficult to moderate the content. As RedSquaree explained further, "Sometimes we see users post to r/MildlyInteresting first (because if they didn't, it would break rule 3 of our page). Then, they go on to crosspost to r/damnthatsinteresting. And we're thinking to ourselves, '/r/HolUp, it can't be both.'"
These Statues In Front Of A Finnish Train Station Are Vaccinated
There Is A Sharing Point For Walking Sticks At The Beginning Of My Favourite Hiking Path
This Welcoming Sculpture At A Truck Stop Tire Store In Co
Researchers understand human curiosity as being linked to learning and information seeking. In terms of evolution, it makes sense for people to be curious about the world around them.
Celeste’s research suggests we’re most curious when we feel uncertain about something. This could explain the popularity of r/MildlyInteresting!
A Cheese Vending Machine In A Mountain Village In Switzerland
Table I Made Out Of Old Skateboards In My Clients House
"Uncertainty indicates that there’s valuable knowledge available," she highlighted. "By contrast, certainty indicates you know everything there is to know so there's no point in continuing to be curious because there’s nothing further to be gleaned."
This is sensible, she explains, because it guides us towards what is most useful for us to learn.
In uncertain times, curiosity can help us to focus on the most pressing issues. This could explain the growing interest humans show in fields like sustainability, the circular economy, and ethical data use.