PHOTO: @SAND.ISFYING / INSTAGRAM
I'm obsessed with an Instagram account entirely dedicated to posting videos of a faceless person gently slicing blocks of sand.
Bear with me. Just watch this:
For fans of ASMR, the page is a dream.
ASMR stands for autonomous sensory meridian responses. It's the term used to describe that tingly feeling you get from certain sounds or sights. Some people get it from listening to someone whisper, others from watching paint being mixed or food being prepared.
And some get it from watching sand being cut.
This three-week-old Instagram account uses blocks of kinetic sand (a mixture that's 98 percent sand, 2 percent silicone oil) to create shapes, and then neatly slice them up. It has almost 38 thousand followers, who use the comment section to suggest different cutting implements.
Here are some of my tingly favorites:
1. A pair of scissors
Turn the sound up. Two bits of metal slicing through a dense cylinder of purple sand makes an excellent sound.
2. A Sharpie
For some reason this makes the sand look like Play-Doh. Don't ask me why that's so satisfying.
3. A cheese grater
Who know watching sand go through a grater could feel so soothing?
4. A butcher's knife
This knife ticks off so many boxes: the pleasure of portioning, the deep, clean lines…and such a great noise.
Okay, I sound crazy. But honestly I could do this all day. Thank me later.