Making conversation at parties can range from delightful, to boring, to “maybe if I pretend to faint this person will stop telling me about their dog’s gluten intolerance.” A lot of what carries a convo at a soiree can depend on the type of crowd, the volume of the Beyoncé, and the amount of alcohol that is being served. But even if one is stuck at a mid-day work gathering where the only thing on offer is warm La Croix, there is an easy way to keep the conversation lively: simply bust out some bizarre and interesting party facts with which to dazzle the other guests.
Like most people, I abhor small talk. I find it unbearably tedious, and will do whatever I can to make it end, often blurting out the first through that pops into my head... like asking someone if they’ve ever paused “This American Life” in order to masturbate. I asked this very thing at a party recently, and the only thing louder than the sound of crickets was the sound of people quietly shuffling away from me. Below, I’ve assembled some intriguing bits of trivia to tuck away in my brain in an attempt to avoid such awkward incidents in the future. These little tidbits can be used to steer conversations away from things like the weather and Costco, and toward something a little more interesting. Like that kangaroos have three vaginas.