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Life is pretty stressful right now, and if you're like much of the rest of the world, you've turned to the Internet for solace.

Some of us find escape in video calls and games, others in Netflix and music, others in endless scrolling. But if you're looking for a new, relaxing, visually stimulating way to ease your frayed nerves, perhaps consider watching videos of slime, soap-cutting, or any other form of "oddly satisfying" content.

The world of "oddly satisfying" content is large and undefinable. There are thousands of different types of content optimized to satisfy and relax you—from ASMR to binaural beats to zit-popping, the list goes on and on. The Reddit thread "oddly satisfying" is a hotbed of these types of posts, as are YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok.

For the purposes of this article, we'll stay away from auditory ASMR, instead focusing purely on visual content. This is your invitation into the safe, magical, fanciful world of colorful paint, billowing slime, and deliciously skilled workers doing their jobs well.

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Deborah Dugan was removed from her position as president and CEO of the Recording Academy just days prior to the Grammy Awards, but she hasn't gone quietly.

Since her removal, she's slammed the Academy with a multitude of accusations, and they've kept coming. In a new supplemental discrimination charge, her attorneys accused executive producer Ken Ehrlich of influencing the nominations process.

"Specifically, Mr. Ehrlich attempted to press the Academy into nominating a song by a particular superstar in order to increase his ability to convince the superstar to perform at the Grammys," reads the filing.

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Dugan also argues that the Academy fabricated reasons to fire her and launched a smear campaign in the process. "The Academy terminated Ms. Dugan's employment without cause, and immediately leaked that information to the press, along with defamatory and retaliatory quotes," the new document read.

According to Dugan and her attorneys, this sent "a message to women and minorities of all walks of life that the Academy is more interested in protecting itself than remedying sexual harassment, discrimination and voting irregularities, and that anyone who dares to stand against the Academy's unlawful conduct will be harshly punished.

"The real reason that Ms. Dugan has been terminated is clear: she was willing to stand up and fight against the Academy's ...sexual harassment, gender and race discrimination, self-dealing, conflicts of interest and award nomination voting irregularities, among other misogynistic misconduct," the suit adds.

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