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Oddly Satisfying is a subsection of Reddit in which people share photographs of things that give them an inexplicable sense of satisfaction.
“Oddly satisfying” and similar phrases had been used online 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.” The phrase also appeared in the title of a Reddit thread, “This zipper gif is oddly satisfying,” posted in the /r/GIF subreddit by redditor bfgsndave on April 23rd, 2013.
“you can post things that make you feel, well, oddly satisfied. This can be physical (like popping bubble wrap), visual (a perfectly looped GIF), or even aural (the crunching of leaves).”
As of July 2014, the subreddit has attracted more than 160,000 subscribers.
Reddit’s /r/oddlysatisfying was inspired by /r/mildlyinteresting, a subreddit community that 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." On February 4th, 2012, Redditor doginabathtub launched the proposed /r/mildlyinteresting as a place to share images that are “pleasant, the slightly amusing, and the somewhat intriguing, sometimes.”
On November 5th, 2013, CollegeHumor published a list titled “23 Oddly Satisfying GIFs You Could Probably Watch Forever.” On March 17th, 2014, Buzzfeed published a list titled “21 Oddly Satisfying GIFs You Won’t Be Able To Stop Watching.” On April 29th, 2014, Pleated Jeans published a list titled “16 Oddly Satisfying Animated GIFs.” On June 15th, 2014, the Twitter account @OddlySatisfying was created, within a month it had gained over 3,000 followers.
As of July 2014, there are 16 derivative subreddits in Reddit’s Oddly Satisfying Network, including /r/asmr, a subreddit community for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, /r/mildlyinteresting, /r/ThisBlewMyMind a community where users share incrediable facts and /r/showerthoughts a community where users share the deep or shallow things they think of while in the shower. In addition, there is a Tumblr tag for other images deemed oddly satisfying.
The Oddly Satisfying Network
- /r/perfectfit : A subreddit community for the curation of photographs featuring things that fit perfectly together.
- /r/clonedgif : A subreddit community for the curation of GIFs on a loop.
- /r/facepalm : A subreddit community for the curation of photos and screenshots of cringe inducing mistakes.
- /r/interestingasfuck : A subreddit community for the curation of interesting infographics or other forms of interesting facts.
- /r/mspaintbattles: A subreddit community for the curation of photos users can alter with MS Paint.
- /r/perfectLoops: A subreddit community for the curation of GIFS on a loop.
- /r/powerwashingporn: A subreddit community for the curation of side by side photos that depict something that once was very dirty and is now very clean.
- /r/mesmerizinggifs: A subreddit community for the curation of hypnotizing GIFs.
- /r/knolling: A subreddit community for the curation of photo examples of knolling, or arranging items in an organized square.
- /r/lookscool: A subreddit community for the curation of photos deemed interesting or “cool.”
- /r/slightlyunsatisfying: A subreddit community for the curation of photos of things which are disappointing.
College Humor – 23 Oddly Satisfying GIFs You Could Probably Watch Forever