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Let Ben Stein lull you to sleep with this bedtime story app

Let his monotone fill your soul.


Josh Katzowitz


Posted on Dec 8, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 10:24 am CDT

Before the mainstream knew Ben Stein as a Comedy Central game show host or as a conservative commentator who once called Barack Obama the most racist president in history, the world rejoiced in his deadpan portrayal of the economics teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

You shouldn’t need this reminder, but in case you do.

The great thing about Stein’s monotone is that it can hypothetically lure you to sleep if you let him drone on for long enough. Luckily, there’s now a meditative app featuring Stein telling you a bedtime story that will make you lose consciousness. 

That is the point of the new feature of the Calm app, which launched a “Sleep Stories” series this week. As Mashable writes, the app Friday will release a recording of Stein reading the first chapter of The Wealth of Nations, the book written by economist Adam Smith in 1776.

It’s less than scintillating prose for sure, but Stein likely will give it that extra sleep-inducing oomph.

It’s so effective at putting you to sleep that Alex Tew, the co-founder and CEO, told Mashable that he hasn’t lasted more than 10 minutes on any story before falling asleep. It probably looked something like this dude from Stein’s class in Ferris Bueller.

H/T Mashable

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*First Published: Dec 8, 2016, 6:35 pm CST