You're in the shower, the running water sounds like a rainy static, and you're all soaped up. Suddenly, a brilliant thought flashes in your head. Whether it's the perfect comeback in an argument you lost the other day or a solution to a vexing work problem, the insight is there and you need to write it down before it goes down the drain.

And I have a suggestion on where to do it. A subreddit called r/ShowerThoughts. This online community unites over 20 million people who share and discuss their profound eureka gems, and has archived quite the collection since its creation in October 2011. Continue scrolling to check out some of the most popular posts on the subreddit, and fire up Bored Panda's earlier shower thoughts lists here and here to get more everyday philosophical answers.

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Tracey Hirt
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1 month ago

Truth!

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"The content on r/ShowerThoughts is quite diverse," /u/IranianGenius, of the subreddit's moderators, told Bored Panda. "The shower thoughts that get more recognition tend to be more unique, yet indicative of the human experience. They are often topical."

The moderator believes that r/ShowerThoughts has become so big because many people are introverts, or have an otherwise introverted side that tends to let the mind wander. "I think the interrelatedness between our realities allows our thoughts to often be similar and merge, and that helps with the popularity of the subreddit."

Interestingly, there haven't been a lot of experiments on why we get such random insights. However, WIRED presented one theory, describing a mental state that could provoke them: the default mode network.

"You become less aware of your environment and more aware of your internal thoughts,” said John Kounios, a psychologist who studies creativity and distraction at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

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Tracey Hirt
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1 month ago

Also, being able to watch yourself on video without cringing.

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These activities are physically or mentally demanding, but only on a mild level. They also need to be familiar or comfortable enough that a person stays engaged but doesn't get bored, and last long enough to allow an uninterrupted stream of thought.

Kounios said that our brains typically catalog things by their context: windows are parts of buildings, the stars belong in the night sky, and so on. Ideas will always mingle to some degree, but when we’re focused on a specific task our thinking tends to be linear.

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Sergio Bicerra
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1 month ago

Post-apocaliptic movie. You are sitting by your shortwave radio. It's been three months since the world collapsed. You are alone in a strange land. Static in your radio non-stop. You are about to turn it off whrn you hear "Is anybody out there?!". Music intensifies as your heartbeat does.

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To explain this process, the psychologist likes to use this example: imagine that you have a stack of bricks in your yard and you walk by them every day. You hardly give them a second thought, right? And if asked, you'd describe them as a building material. However, one day in the shower, something makes you think of your neighbor's walnut tree, and all the nuts that have been falling in your yard. They probably are very tasty. Boom, you realize that you can smash those nuts open using the bricks in your yard.

The bricks may not be the best nutcrackers in your house, but this example perfectly illustrates how the default mode network frees the things in your brain from external associations.

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alwaysMispelled
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1 month ago

This is brilliant!!

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Electric Ed
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1 month ago

Pardon my ignorance, but who invented the internet? :D

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#6

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Sander Vermeer
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1 month ago

This used to be the case before the elevator was invented.

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#7

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Meyer Weinstock
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1 month ago

I'm a historian. What bothers me it the pick-&-choose attitude of those who say that they want to 'go back to simpler times.' Go back? Sure, but you can't pick-&-choose what you want to experience. Like...MAGA hat wearers. Sure, let's go back to the 1940s or so. Bring back segregation, lack of educational options, polio, lack of our current high tech, functional illiteracy among 25% of adults, hating Russians instead of liking them... *smh* I've fielded these illusions for years. -Dr M

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#8

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Tracey Hirt
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1 month ago

Oh, that is so sad!

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#9

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Hans
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1 month ago

Well, we are definitely the species with the highest rate of idiots.

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#10

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Meeple13
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1 month ago

Way too deep

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#11

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Curry on...
Community Member
1 month ago

Or as my mom use to say, 'he/she was a fool when they were younger, now they're just an old fool.

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#12

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kasa alex
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1 month ago

lol best visuals here

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#13

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Tracey Hirt
Community Member
1 month ago

I’m still uncomfortable with the fact that since we have a daughter, my parents know my husband and I have had sex at least once.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

Looks like I'm not a real adult lol. Dinner tonight was cheesy toasties and the dishes are still in the sink.

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kasa alex
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1 month ago

I'm the second

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kasa alex
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1 month ago

Or stumbling over your own feet when walking

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#17

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Monika Rhodes
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1 month ago

Even worse- when people are unique...

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#18

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Sergio Bicerra
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1 month ago

Sadly, nowadays the tik tok generation already has kids... that do tik toks

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#19

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alwaysMispelled
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1 month ago

Soooo true

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#20

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kasa alex
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1 month ago

I can look at my younger self and realise I was an idiot: and I can look at my present self and realise the same thing **shrugs**

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Hans
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1 month ago

"shut up snowflake" comments in 3, 2, 1...

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#22

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alwaysMispelled
Community Member
1 month ago

I would LOVE this!! Airlines should do this!!

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#23

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Nevid
Community Member
1 month ago

Isn't it the contrary? I thought a nightmare was your brain getting scared and then creating a story to make sense of it.

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#24

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GirlFriday
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1 month ago

SO MUCH THIS

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#25

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Curry on...
Community Member
1 month ago

Yep...won't grow back; dental bills; jacked up smile.

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alwaysMispelled
Community Member
1 month ago

Ooooh, The Sun. THAT took me a minute! :-)

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#27

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Kelly Gore
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1 month ago

Thank you, Keanu Reeves, for raising elevator shaft awareness with Speed and The Matrix.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago (edited)

Oh definitely, my Dad has been disappointing me since he got married to a mail order bride.

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#29

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Daria B
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1 month ago (edited)

You can also enjoy it solo. Although dipped in a black sauce. That is, in an average Chinese restaurant (in Korea at least, haven't been to China).

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#30

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Monika Rhodes
Community Member
1 month ago

Come on people. That's the joke.

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#31

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Tracey Hirt
Community Member
1 month ago

My vet has a candle at the front desk. When the candle is lit, it means a family is saying goodbye to their pet. People In the waiting area are then asked to keep their voices down out of respect to that family.

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#32

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

Oh yes, I absolutely LOVE Christmas shopping and then watching people open the gifts. I put a lot of time and care in the gifts I buy and make.

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#33

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IzzieM
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1 month ago

This is sad. I don't mean it ironically or sarcastically. This makes me sad

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#34

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Blarrg
Community Member
1 month ago

This one actually makes a lot of sense.

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#35

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Jace
Community Member
1 month ago

No, the ventilation system being at all navigable comes before how clean it is, in terms of unrealistic, but good observation nonetheless 👍🏼

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#36

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
1 month ago

The TV manual might but the Rosetta Stone certainly doesn't.

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#37

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kasa alex
Community Member
1 month ago

Well, actually it's because it is easier to spot fake passports with a neutral expression on the photo. If you need to compare two photos, or a photo and a person, it is easier to replicate a neutral face than any other expression. But I still like this shower thought :)

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#38

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Meyer Weinstock
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1 month ago

Wagner was introduced to me by Bugs Bunny, not my grandfather, the Lutheran minister...

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#39

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Tracey Hirt
Community Member
1 month ago

I think it was Caller ID that did that. If I don’t recognize the name or number of the person calling, I let it go to voicemail.

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Clove Kentwell
Community Member
1 month ago

This took me a second.

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#41

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Blarrg
Community Member
1 month ago

I suppose it depends on the event and your role in it. Some would be awesome.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

No, because over time a lot of content will also disappear because of websites that are closed down, flushing of obsolete data, migrating to new standards and means of storage et cetera. Just think of all the data on tape reels, zip drives, floppy disks and 8mm film that have become inaccesable.

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Idontwantto
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1 month ago

That and people who say "life isn't fair." Self fulfilling prophecies.

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#44

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Kesyra
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1 month ago

This is both flattering and creepy at the same time.

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#45

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Blarrg
Community Member
1 month ago

I have thought that when reading a 'transported to the past' story. Not only would I not be able to advance their science, I wouldn't even know how to survive.

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#46

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Blarrg
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1 month ago

It also comes when you finish first, look around and everyone is still writing furiously...

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Jace
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1 month ago

Makes sense, this does not. The first word is still the first word.

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DC
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1 month ago

I know. I wrote a few article's first versions like 15 years ago. To correct people.

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#49

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Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
1 month ago

I was very proud that I used the same text book for my classes at the college for over 20 years. The bookstore, however, never liked me.

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#50

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(socially Awkward)Paul
Community Member
1 month ago

O_°

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#51

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Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
1 month ago

Hey! Are you talking to me?

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CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
1 month ago

A lady bumped into me at a very crowded Trader Joe's (pre-pandemic) and she said a quick "sorry." I said, "No problem, we're all doing our best." She looked at me like I was crazy. LOL.

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#53

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Blarrg
Community Member
1 month ago

Interesting that if you look at older beloved sitcoms it seems like the "tight knit social group" was more often the family.

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#54

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

The cost of parking is astronomical. The average where I live costs approx $26 a day. It even costs money to park at most hospitals too.

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#55

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M O'Connell
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1 month ago

I always imagined I would die being trampled by ponies 900' underground in a Victorian mining accident.

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#56

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sakora
Community Member
1 month ago

It works, in my area they have already taken photos several times, one of them is my daughter from 10 years ago, she is standing on our balcony. Fascinating :)

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#57

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

On the bright side, the human memory has a filter that makes you forget your worst days.

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#58

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Shelp
Community Member
1 month ago

Wait, what? The poor American cashiers!... Here in France, every cashier sits.

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#59

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Magpie
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1 month ago

Too late we trashed the forest in the Amazon where it was growing.

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#60

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Marlowe Fitzpatrik
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1 month ago

If I'm in a real hurry, I just use the men's toilets. I avert my head while I pass the urinals and the stalls are usually empty. And yes - some women stay incredibly long on the loo. Maybe something's not working right - I don't think they sit there because it's so comfy. Now I wonder... do people also measure the time a man stands at the urinal? Because bladder-stones and prostate-issues would slow the tinkled down some, right?

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#61

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Kelly Gore
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1 month ago

It's not doomsday, it's DiGiorno!

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#62

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

You can always skip a part by going to bed again.

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#63

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

Tigers and lions are just big kittens. Who doesn't like kittens?

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#64

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Jaded Queen
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1 month ago

Almost all animals don't attack unless need to or provoked to. They may be animals ,who follow the law of jungle. They still follow rules, much better than us

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#65

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(socially Awkward)Paul
Community Member
1 month ago

I agree

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#66

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
1 month ago

Even a staple...

#67

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Shelp
Community Member
1 month ago

My theme song is "beep beep beep" then

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#68

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

Complex communication being "Your momma is a fat hoe" and "Have you seen this video of me wrecking my car while driving blindfolded."

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#69

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Meyer Weinstock
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1 month ago

Historian here: even with little information, filtering out the truth from confabulation is what we've always done... -Dr M

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#70

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Kelly Gore
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1 month ago

Grate observation!

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