Contrary to the name, shower thoughts aren't exclusive to showers. From long walks to mowing the lawn, many everyday activities seem to have the right circumstances to allow the brain to have these little aha moments.

But they also happen to be situations where it's difficult to take notes — turns out that mechanical engagement is perfect for free association, but getting a pen and paper can take you out of the experience.

One TikTok user, however, seems to have beaten the system. He goes by the nickname Shower Thoughts Guy and constantly produces videos that allow him to keep this title. Continue scrolling and check out his best one-liners.

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Rose the Cook
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1 month ago

Good question, politicians please take note.

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Pearl
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1 month ago

"The Edge" Sounds like a cool attraction. There would be a lot of hotels with the view near it too.

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There haven't been a lot of experiments on why we get random insights, but psychology does have one theory that describes a mental state that seems to foment these kinds of thoughts. It's called the default mode network.

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

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Monday
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1 month ago

Hey hey, they might just hate the sound of my voice!

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Mohsie Supposie
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1 month ago (edited)

At the same time, you might make a decision that will take your life... and one day you will.

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The common thing in these activities is they are physically or mentally active, but only mildly — they're also familiar or comfortable enough that we stay engaged but not bored, and last long enough to have an uninterrupted stream of thought.

Kounios explained that our brains typically catalog things by their context: Windows are parts of buildings, and the stars belong in the night sky. 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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Beast
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1 month ago

NNNOOOOO im doomed

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Kira Okah
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1 month ago (edited)

That Satan punishes sinners is an idea conflating Satan and Hades, as is Satan living in hell. If you're coming from a Christian perspective then...no he doesn't on either count, that isn't in the Bible. Satan is evil because he tempts people into doing wicked acts with loaded promises and lies, thus sending their soul to the eternal fire of hell. He doesn't live in hell, he doesn't sit on a throne and punish the wicked. Satan lies and manipulates to send the souls of others there in place of him.

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Monday
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1 month ago

You may also be the last person who saw someone before they went missing and you'd never know it.

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Kounios likes to explain it with a stack of bricks in your backyard. You walk by them every day with hardly a second thought, and if asked you'd describe them as a building material (maybe for that pizza oven you keep meaning to put together). But one day in the shower, you start thinking about your neighbor's walnut tree.

"Those nuts sure look tasty, and they’ve been falling in your yard."

You suddenly realize that you can smash those nuts open using the bricks in your backyard!

As far as Eureka moments go, using a brick as a nutcracker is pretty lame, but as an illustration of how the default mode network frees the things in your brain from external associations, it works wonderfully. As ideas become untethered, they are free to bump up against other ideas they've never had the chance to encounter, increasing the likelihood of a useful connection. And this guy seems to be aware of that!

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Couch potato
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1 month ago

Oh, thanks for ruining my day. Before now I never had to think about that. :'(

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Yvonne Dauwalder Balsiger
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1 month ago

Cute and disturbing at the same time

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Pearl
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1 month ago

And the light coming to us is eight minutes old already, it take some time for it to reach the earth.

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TheBlackPanda (JustABlackBear)
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1 month ago

Death without the commitment

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Audrey Tate
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1 month ago

Now I'm going to go around hoping everything's an octopus 🐙

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Couch potato
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1 month ago

By now my brain is questioning my existence and currently im only on the 15th one

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Abhinc
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1 month ago

and scientists actually know more about space than about the oceans ...

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1 month ago

Oh yeah. If i never searched up im bored during school, I never would have come across bored panda :)

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Kate
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1 month ago

What do we want? TIME TRAVEL! When do we want it? Doesn't matter.

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Thorfin Wolfsbane
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1 month ago

that would beat the pants off of any fireworks show you could imagine, though

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Rick
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1 month ago (edited)

Everyone reply to this and post your time until two people post at the same time. 09:54

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Serial pacifist
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1 month ago

I don't kill...

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Monday
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1 month ago

Same with Violet (ultraviolet light is invisible to the human eye) and JackJack (Jack of all trades).

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Rick
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1 month ago

No, they go to sleep one day and wake up and think “what a nice sleep that was…WHAAAAAAAT the hell, I’m flying?”

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Dodo
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1 month ago

What if there's a giant tortoise or a Greenland shark, one of those animals that lives for 300 years, and they're like 'man, I haven't seen that little bird for a while, he used to be everywhere'.

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Dodo
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1 month ago

I've seen a guy online saying his wife gets annoyed when he refers to her as his ex-girlfriend

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Robert T
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1 month ago

Octarine?

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Monday
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1 month ago

My deaf cat doesn't seem to mind, we didn't even realize she'd gone totally deaf for about 5 or 6 months, we just thought she was being annoyingly loud on purpose so we'd give her what she wants more quickly.

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Eli Rockwell
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1 month ago

I have some good chemical reactions in my brain then. :)

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Kay blue
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1 month ago

This actually happened near me, it was a candle factory and the carpark was covered in multi-coloured wax. Once the fire was out and the acrid burning smell had dissipated there was a really nice smell of wax in the air.

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Sage Gusano
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1 month ago

Yep. That's the issue I have with Gremlins. "Never feed them after midnight", but there's no feeding window of time given....since, technically ever minute from 12:01 AM until it turns 12:00 AM again is after midnight.

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Biba Little
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1 month ago

Except sleeping? Sleeping is safe right?

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Flexiegirl94
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1 month ago

Cool!

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