When I was in university, I would write my papers (at the last minute, naturally) while wearing headphones. I didn't actually listen to music, though; I'd just put the end of the cord in my pocket to keep it out of the way. It was simply the wearing of the headphones that was important.
The thinking cap is no myth, people.
I think of my new ring as part secret-decoder ring and part magical-powers ring, and as I write this it's sitting on my finger, and isn't it just awesome that I'm writing this with my new superhero ring on my finger?
Also, the ring was inexpensive and my favourite jewelry designer made it.
Do you have a thinking-cap-superhero-cape you wear when you're really getting down to some serious work? Do tell.