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Break the Silence

I was sitting at a dinner with some colleagues from work the other night and there were a couple of lulls in the conversation. I started to think of fun ways to break the silence and get the conversation going again. I didn’t actually try these, but they were fun to think about. So, next time you find yourself in an awkward moment of silence, try throwing out these questions and/or thoughts and see where the conversation goes!

1) In Scooby Doo, how much less trouble would Velma have gotten into if she didn’t wear glasses? (she always seemed to be losing them)
2) Why do many rap and/or hip hop songs lately reference Patron Tequila and has it increased their sales?
3) How or why did anyone come up with any reason to open a clam, mussel, or oyster and then say “mmmm, this looks good to eat!”? (not sorry that they did, but just saying…)
4) Gilligan’s Island – this is just a great topic for anyone over the age of about 30. It can get a little out of hand though if comparisons between MaryAnn and Ginger start, so be careful.
5) Why do Canadians measure personal weight in pounds, height in feet, but use the metric system for everything else? (we actually did discuss this at dinner because one of the guys was Canadian)
6) What if the Bermuda Triangle is really a time portal and that’s why ships and planes disappear?
7) Seriously, why does McDonald’s only serve breakfast until 10 or 10:30am? Who wants a Big Mac that early?
8) What’s the grossest thing you’ve ever seen someone eat?
9) Talk to the people you are with as if you are continuing a conversation that you had with someone completely different that day.
10) Propose marriage to someone at the table who is the opposite sex. Be completely serious.

I’m sure I could think of many more, but feel free to give it a go. They can certainly liven up a conversation!
Disclaimer: I do not guarantee that you will have success using these and do not recommend them for job interviews.

><(("> Julie Silbar

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