Let the Voice of Bob Ross Lull You to Sleep With Calm’s Bedtime App

Bob Ross Inc.
Bob Ross Inc.

If watching The Joy of Painting is more likely to put you to sleep than improve your artistic prowess, you’re not alone. For some people, the whole point of watching—or at least listening—is to nod off. So it's not surprising that the somniferous voice of the late PBS legend Bob Ross is now available as a bedtime story. You can listen to the legendary television personality using the meditation and sleep app Calm, as part of its Sleep Stories—audio tracks designed to help you drift off to sleep.

Ross’s calm, gently encouraging narration is already a huge presence in the YouTube ASMR community, and some people use his videos to help their insomnia. His naturally soothing voice was basically made to become a bedtime story.

The Painting with Bob Ross story on the Calm app repurposes the audio from an episode of The Joy of Painting as a meditation-style track designed for users to listen to as they fall asleep—because we know you weren’t actually painting along with Bob as he talked about his happy little trees and clouds. You can listen to a sample of the track below:

“We see Bob Ross as an early and perhaps unwitting pioneer of mindfulness, before the term was widely used,” the Calm team writes on its blog. The company’s Bob Ross bedtime story, according to a press release, “reflects his reputation as a sort of accidental human sleep aid, whose chill vibe and baritone voice that barely rose above a whisper has lulled many a restless soul to sleep.”

Calm is a subscription-based service that costs $60 a year, but if you want to check out the full Bob Ross track, you can sign up for a week-long free trial here. Calm plans to release two more Bob Ross stories later this summer.

If you love The Joy of Painting, check out some of the great Bob Ross-themed gifts you can buy online here.

Letters From James Bond Creator Ian Fleming Detailing His Infidelity Hit the Auction Block

Sony
Sony

If the adage “write what you know” truly applies, then James Bond author Ian Fleming took it to heart. Like 007, his famously womanizing character who later went on to star in a hugely successful movie franchise, Fleming was apparently prone to finding himself in choppy relationship waters, according to a collection of private letters coming up for auction.

Sotheby’s is offering a collection of 160 pieces of correspondence belonging to Fleming, including a series of exchanges between the writer and his wife, Ann, that detail his infidelity.

“You mention ‘bad old bachelor days’—the only person you stopped sleeping with when they ceased was me!” Ann wrote, apparently referencing Fleming’s indiscretions. Other letters seem to hint at a more stable, if lurid, coupling, with Fleming affectionately referring to her as “darling baby” and opening his messages by addressing her as “Dear Monkey” or “Darling Pig.”

Before they married, Ann expressed hope Fleming would arrive to take her away from her then-husband, Esmond, Viscount Rothermere, and “put me in your bed with a raw cowhide whip in my hand so as I can keep you well behaved for 40 years.” Clearly, that plan didn't succeed.

Fleming and Ann were married in 1952 and remained together until his death in 1964. The letters were often exchanged while the writer was on retreat at Goldeneye, Jamaica, where he wrote many of his Bond novels. The letters also frequently reference his work and some of Bond’s origins. In one, he explains work is going so well he’s completing a chapter a day. Describing a boat given to him by a friend, he wrote that “I have christened [it] Octopussy.”

The salacious letters will be auctioned from December 3 to 10 and are expected to fetch between about $260,000 and $400,000.

[h/t The Telegraph]

The Office-Themed Ugly Christmas Sweaters Are Here to Show Off Your Dunder Mifflin Spirit

Target
Target

It's now easier than ever to gift your loved ones with Dunder Mifflin-inspired Christmas presents, thanks to Target's new The Office collection. What does it include, you ask? Ugly Christmas sweaters with Dwight Schrute's face and the paper company's logo on them.

As reported by POPSUGAR, Target is selling two different holiday sweaters—one featuring Dwight's festive face and another, more general Dunder Mifflin one—on its website, each priced at $29.99. It seems the NBC series' popularity will never die, as companies continue to sell The Office-related products, from cool artwork to construction sets.

While fans continue to binge The Office on Netflix, they know that major changes are ahead. NBCUniversal is launching its own streaming platform, Peacock, and will take the show back in January 2021. In the meantime, you can still soak up as much Dunder Mifflin insanity as you can handle via Netflix—and now you can do it decked out in a festive holiday sweater.

[h/t POPSUGAR]

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