The human brain is a decidedly odd machine, often prone to glitches, malfunctions, and internal errors (like inexplicably deciding that raisins are an acceptable addition to cookies). However, within the confines of that chaos, something intriguing occasionally occurs: A seemingly mundane detail about the world will suddenly become more interesting, having been viewed from a slightly different perspective than usual.
This sort of miniature epiphany is called a showerthought.
If you’ve ever realized that “Wet Paint” signs probably cause more stained fingertips than wet paint does on its own, you’ve had a showerthought. If you’ve ever noticed that human hair is technically a renewable resource, you’ve had a showerthought. These sorts of musings tend to arise while a person’s mind is engaged with a routine, uncomplicated activity (like commuting, mowing the lawn, or waiting for a customer service representative to finally answer their allegedly important telephone call), and while the word “showerthought” may be a bit misleading – showerthoughts don’t have to occur in the shower, after all – the concept it embodies is something which everyone has experienced.
/r/Showerthoughts is a repository for showerthoughts; a place to share, discuss, and debate those sudden flashes of simple satori. In order to make the community as welcoming an environment as possible, we’ve put together some resources for potential submitters.
The Overview will give you an idea of what a showerthought actually is.
The FAQ will (hopefully) answer most enquires you’d have about the subreddit.
The Rules will offer some guidelines on what should and should not be posted here.
Google will help you determine if your thought is original and unique.
This GIF will not improve your life in any way.
Submissions that match (or echo similar sentiments to) ideas offered by other people will be removed, regardless of whether or not those ideas have appeared on Reddit. Blatant reposting and plagiarism may result in a ban.»
Personal perspectives, crazy ideas, questions (rhetorical or otherwise) and meta submissions are not showerthoughts, and would be better suited to other subreddits. For an in-depth explanation of what a showerthought actually is (and is not), please read this page.
Thoughts directly related to being in the shower (or anything related to the bathroom) will be removed.
While showerthoughts may be humorous in nature, posts which are explicitly comedic should be kept to other subreddits. Puns and wordplay are similarly disallowed.
Posts intended to inform users of tips, tricks, life-hacks, or useful practices (whether serious or not) should not be offered here.
Posts which include any mention of Reddit, subreddits, karma, or anything tangentially related are not allowed here.
Posts which include any mention of politics, religion, or social justice (or concepts, figures, and ideas tangential to those topics) are not allowed.