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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3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months ago

This is brilliant!!

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Electric Ed
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3 months ago

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

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Sander Vermeer
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3 months ago

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

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Meyer Weinstock
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3 months 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

Marianne Saiso
Community Member
3 months ago

As a psychologist: that's just how memories work, unfortunately. We are great at fooling ourselves into forgetting a ton of stuff, inventing memories, and warping them. People are not selective on purpose, but because they are not rational, but emotional creatures. Emotions and biases serve to keep liking ourselves. When people are overwhelmed, they do long to go back to letimelthey had less responsibility.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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3 months ago

If you really think about it, was there REALLY a time when things where simpler? I would say no, every age and time has had their own struggles, challenges and difficulties.

Daria B
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3 months ago

The world surely is simpler when it's others who manage it for you.

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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3 months ago

I always read Victorian era setting books. I'll think it would be cool to live in that time. But I like My a/c too much.

Cindy N
Community Member
3 months ago

... and indoor toilets and showers. And as a woman, how did they manage their periods? Plus, I love travelling ... only the wealthy could travel back then. And reading! I love books! Don't think I would have been literate back then. I agree with Meyer Weinstock above ... people romanticize the past by only picking and choosing what they remember (or what gets written in historical fiction).

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sakora
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3 months ago

I really want to feel what they felt, being young, carefree childhood. And so they only have longing ...

CrunChewy McSandybutt
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3 months ago

I had a garbage childhood, so I'll take all the stress of adulthood. I have at least some control.

avery31415
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2 months ago

This is true

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah.

Tabitha L
Community Member
3 months ago

Nope. I love toilets. And a/c. And TV. And comfy beds. And comfy shoes. And internets.

Sergio Bicerra Descalzi
Community Member
3 months ago

I think they mean when they were younger, where responsabilities were taken by parents or older siblings. Our world today is simpler in many ways!

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Tracey Hirt
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3 months ago

Oh, that is so sad!

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Hans
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3 months ago

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

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Meeple13
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3 months ago

Way too deep

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Curry on...
Community Member
3 months 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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kasa alex
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3 months ago

lol best visuals here

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Tracey Hirt
Community Member
3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months ago

I'm the second

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kasa alex
Community Member
3 months ago

Or stumbling over your own feet when walking

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Monika Rhodes
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3 months ago

Even worse- when people are unique...

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Sergio Bicerra
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3 months ago

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

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alwaysMispelled
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3 months ago

Soooo true

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kasa alex
Community Member
3 months 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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3 months ago

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

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alwaysMispelled
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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Nevid
Community Member
3 months 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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GirlFriday
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3 months ago

SO MUCH THIS

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Curry on...
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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alwaysMispelled
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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Kelly Gore
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3 months ago

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

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

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

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Daria B
Community Member
3 months 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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Monika Rhodes
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3 months ago

Come on people. That's the joke.

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