Hulu Creates Two Holiday-Themed ASMR Videos

Hulu, YouTube
Hulu, YouTube

Hulu has followed in the footsteps of Cardi B, Janet Jackson, and random honeycomb-eating strangers on the internet by creating two ASMR videos. As Indie Wire reports, the videos are specially designed for people who get an “autonomous sensory meridian response" from listening to certain amplified sounds. Best of all, they're holiday-themed.

Listeners reportedly get "the tingles" when they hear certain "triggers," which may include whispers, various hand motions, and even the soothing sounds of Bob Ross's show The Joy of Painting, which has become a favorite among ASMR enthusiasts in recent years.

Both of Hulu's ASMR videos are streaming on YouTube and Hulu. One takes place in a library and features the sounds of paper tearing, pages flipping, and scissors snipping as people collaborate on a craft project. (Fair warning, though: If you have misophonia or hate the sound of chewing, you'll want to stop watching around the 11:40 mark.)

The other video, titled The Gathering, shows people partaking in various festivities. You'll hear people shaking sprinkles while making cupcakes, caressing the branches of a Christmas tree, tapping ornaments, and shaking and unwrapping presents. A boom mic was used to pick up the isolated sounds.

The streaming company spent some time researching ASMR and the triggers that people enjoy most. According to Nick Tran, Hulu's vice president of brand marketing and culture, there’s also a unique connection between ASMR and the holidays.

"That interaction [with ASMR videos] gives you that tingle in the back of your neck, which in our mind was really interesting because that emotional feeling, the connection that you see that people are basically craving from ASMR videos, the holidays tend to also give you that same feeling of emotion and spirit," Tran said. "So we were just thinking it would be fun to bridge the gap between that and the scenics and see if there was something that could be made out of it."

[h/t Indie Wire]

Watch 25 Minutes of Friends Bloopers Ahead of HBO Max Reunion Special

Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, and Courteney Cox star in Friends.
Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, and Courteney Cox star in Friends.
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Much like The Office, Friends continues to enjoy an always-growing and ever-loyal following—thanks in large part to streaming services, but also because of its brilliant cast and still-relatable storylines. And now that all six cast members have officially confirmed they'll be returning for a reunion show on HBO Max, could fans of the series be more excited?

Though very few details have been offered up about the reunion, it's expected to be an hour-long special that will bring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer back together again. In addition to the special, subscribers to HBO Max will have access to all of Friends's 200-plus hilarious episodes.

So in the spirit of warming up for what will inevitably turn into a Friends marathon, here are 25 minutes of bloopers, in two parts, for your enjoyment.

The Friends reunion special does not have a release date yet, but HBO Max is debuting in May 2020.

23 Weird Laws You Might Have Broken

Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy hosts "The List Show."
Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy hosts "The List Show."
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If you've ever played a game of bingo in North Carolina, you may have been a party to a crime without even knowing it. And if you've ever eavesdropped on a neighbor in Oklahoma and shared any of that juicy gossip, you might just want to go ahead and turn yourself into the police.

From coast to coast, America is full of bizarre laws that you've probably broken at one time or another. Join Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy as she digs into the history of 23 of the strangest of them—like why you can't eat fried chicken with a knife and fork in Gainesville, Georgia. You can watch the full episode below.

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