Experts Attempted to Explain Reddit’s Most Profound ‘Shower Thoughts’

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Does it ever seem like some of your best ideas come to you while hot water is pouring over your head? Tell it to “Shower Thoughts.” This forum on Reddit is dedicated to discussing the most profound thoughts people have while washing up, and a group of experts just analyzed some of the best ones.

Mira Showers, a UK-based shower maker, is the company behind the project. It sifted through about 2 million posts on the Shower Thoughts subreddit and sorted them into categories. As it turns out, most of them (28 percent) were about society, politics, or history. Philosophy and existentialism is the second largest category (comprising 20 percent of all thoughts), followed by pop culture, sports, and entertainment (17 percent).

The company then selected some of the most thought-provoking posts and contacted experts for comments and answers. One Reddit user, for example, wondered whether “the soothing feeling from listening to the sound of rain comes from an instinct of knowing that predators are probably taking shelter, so it's a safe time to relax.”

TV psychologist Jo Hemmings provided some context, explaining that this calming effect likely stems from the nine months we spend in the womb, surrounded by water. “It’s also a repetitive, non-threatening noise, masking out other potentially more disturbing sounds like traffic or a dog barking and so our brains relax, knowing there’s no instinctive drive to be vigilant or worried,” Hemmings said. “Falling rain is also similar to white noise—a random mixture of low volume sound frequencies—which decreases sensory input and brain stimulation and so makes us feel calm, soothed, and often sleepy too!"

To see more of these shower thoughts explained, check out the GIFs below or visit the Mira Showers website.

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Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

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Wayfair/Weber

This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
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- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
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- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

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- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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No Squawking, Please: A Backyard Bird Library Is the Star of This Livestream

Bird Library, YouTube
Bird Library, YouTube

Many people discovered backyard birding when they were quarantined in their homes at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even if you have a vibrant wildlife population in your area, the Bird Library webcam is worth checking out. As Atlas Obscura reports, the bird feeder at the focus of the livestream resembles a tiny library where feathered guests can misbehave.

Librarian Rebecca Flowers and woodworker Kevin Cwalina were inspired to build the Bird Library in 2015. Located in a backyard in Charlottesville, Virginia, it features a miniature reading chair, bookshelves, and a reception desk. The decorations are even updated to match the seasons; the feeder currently sports a banner that says "Summer Reading." The main differences setting it apart from a real library are the bird seed scattered on the floor and the avian visitors.

The Bird Library attracts a diverse collection of patrons. Sparrows, cardinals, and mourning doves have been recorded perching on the librarian's desk and checking out the reading materials. The occasional squirrel has also been known to stop by.

Live video of the feeder streams on the Bird Library's YouTube page and website 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can play the video below to check in on the current guests. If the backyard Bird Library has inspired you to find birds closer to home, here's some gear for beginner naturalists.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]