The best of Reddit’s Shower Thoughts, illustrated

Shower thoughts: They’re those weird bits of counterintuitive insight that come to you in the shower, while driving, or any other time your mind is allowed to wander. They always seem profound when they arrive, but sometimes end up less so when you post them on the internet. And that’s what people have been doing for the past five years on Reddit’s r/showerthoughts, a community with more than 12 million readers.

The moderators of r/showerthoughts say they’re looking for “those miniature epiphanies you have that highlight the oddities within the familiar,” and the best shower thoughts really embody that. They’re new ways of looking at the same old things you’ve seen for years—like golf, or a simple handshake. At their best, they’re right up there with their unofficial inspiration: comedian and Saturday Night Live writer Jack Handey’s famous “deep thoughts.”


Below are some of the funniest nuggets ever posted on r/showerthoughts, as illustrated by the Daily Dot’s Jason “Challenger” Reed and Max Fleishman.

shower thoughts Illustration by Max Fleishman

shower thoughts: Almost every hand I've ever touched has had a dick in it. Illustration by Max Fleishman

reddit shower thoughts: Car horns should only be allowed to be in harmonic pitches. Illustration by Max Fleishman

reddit shower thoughts: There should be confetti in tires so when there is a blow out it's still kind of an okay day. Illustration by Max Fleishman

shower thought: Your shadow is a confirmation that Illustration by Jason Reed

shower thoughts reddit: Netflix needs an incognito mode, so that I can watch terrible films without getting recommended more terrible films. Illustration by Jason Reed

best shower thoughts: The object of golf is to play the least amount of golf. Illustration by Jason Reed

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Jay Hathaway

Jay Hathaway

Jay Hathaway is a former senior writer who specialized in internet memes and weird online culture. He previously served as the Daily Dot’s news editor, was a staff writer at Gawker, and edited the classic websites Urlesque and Download Squad. His work has also appeared on,, and the Morning News.