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Great news! You can actually stop talking to that person you have almost nothing in common with, and you don't even have to lie! (Probably.)


"Wow, thank you for telling me what you think about every neighborhood in Brooklyn, even though you've never lived there." (via Thinkstock)

It's crazy that polite human society still hasn't developed a mutually agreed-upon way to extract ourselves from conversations. Instead, we chug down our drinks so we have an excuse to go get another, desperately make eyes at our friends across the room to come save us, or lie about having to go to the bathroom. And then, even if the conversation was obviously going nowhere, we get upset when we see that someone who said they had to use the bathroom doesn't go use the bathroom. It's a conversational mess.

Sources: h/t BoingBoing | Atlas Obscura