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]

Blue Apron’s Memorial Day Sale Will Save You $60 On Your First Three Boxes

Scott Eisen/Getty Images
Scott Eisen/Getty Images

If you’ve gone through all the recipes you had bookmarked on your phone and are now on a first-name basis with the folks at the local pizzeria, it might be time to introduce a new wrinkle into your weekly dinner menu. But instead of buying loads of groceries and cookbooks to make your own meal, you can just subscribe to a service like Blue Apron, which will deliver all the ingredients and instructions you need for a unique dinner.

And if you start your subscription before May 26, you can save $20 on each of your first three weekly boxes from the company. That means that whatever plan you choose—two or four meals a week, vegetarian or the Signature plan—you’ll save $60 in total.

With the company’s Signature plan, you’ll get your choice of meat, fish, and Beyond foods, along with options for diabetes-friendly and Weight Watchers-approved dishes. The vegetarian plan loses the meat, but still allows you to choose from a variety of dishes like General Tso's tofu and black bean flautas.

To get your $60 off, head to the Blue Apron website and click “Redeem Offer” at the top of the page to sign up.

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Watch: This Crashing Wave Art Installation in South Korea Brings Seaside Tranquility to a Busy City

These waves won't unexpectedly soak your beach towel when the tide comes in.
These waves won't unexpectedly soak your beach towel when the tide comes in.
d'strict, YouTube

Since residents of Seoul, South Korea, can’t exactly enjoy the sight of ocean waves breaking on the shore during their lunch hour, a design house is bringing them the next best thing: An enormous screen that plays realistic waves on a loop in the middle of the city.

Travel + Leisure reports that the installation, titled WAVE, is an anamorphic illusion, a distorted image that the viewer must observe from a specific angle for it to appear multi-dimensional. It’s on display in K-Pop Square at the Coex Convention and Exhibition Center in the district of Gangnam, but you don’t have to book an international flight to check it out—the creator, a design company called d’strict, shared a mesmerizing video of the work on YouTube.

Over about two months, developers molded two LED displays together to create a screen approximately 262 feet by 65 feet, with a resolution of 7840 pixels by 1952 pixels—almost twice the resolution of ultra-high-definition. In other words, the waves on this screen look more convincing than footage of the actual ocean would on your state-of-the-art living room TV.

For 18 hours a day, locals can watch icy blue swells slosh against the sides of the virtual tank, complete with the tranquil sounds of crashing waves (though they’ll have to rely on their imaginations to catch a whiff of salty sea spray).

Looking for other immersive displays? Dive into 15 awe-inspiring virtual tours here.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]