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“Shower Thought”, sometimes spelled without space as “showerthought,” is an Internet slang term for an idea or epiphany that is formed while taking a morning shower.
On October 18th, 2011, the /r/showerthoughts subreddit was launched for submissions of notable ideas formed during showers. On July 4th, 2013, CollegeHumor highlighted several example posts taken from /r/showerthoughts. On September 29th, the single topic blog MyShowerThought was launched, which allows users to vote on and submit showerthoughts.
On April 19th, 2014, YouTuber Troye Sivan uploaded a video titled “Thoughts in the Shower,” in which he reenacts his morning routine narrated with a humorous internal monologue (shown below). In the next four months, the video received upwards of 1.3 million views and 4,400 comments.
On August 5th, Wired published an article about “eureka moments” occurring in the shower. On August 20th, the Internet news blog Mashable published a video in which actor Nick Offerman recites various submissions from the /r/showerthoughts subreddit (shown below). In the first 24 hours, the video gained over 580,000 views and 260 comments.