12 Weird-But-Amazing Ways To Keep Any Conversation Going

If you’ve ever attended an office party, group brunch, or first date, we’re willing to bet that you have, at one point or another, experienced the dreaded awkward silence. Characterized by nervous, fake laughter, sweaty palms, and the dangerous-but-uncontainable urge to blurt out anything just to fill the void, it’s a phenomenon that afflicts even the most gregarious among us.

Instead of launching into a rambling saga — or making a break for the closest exit — arm yourself with this collection of discussion-rousing questions. Crafted with the bon vivants behind Chambord raspberry liqueur, these 12 quirky icebreakers are all but guaranteed to banish conversational lulls. Commit 'em to memory; you’re about to become the life of the brunch table.

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Who doesn’t live for (short) stories of love, lust, and swiping right?
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Because no brunch is complete without a bit of existential musing.
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Fair warning: Announcing that you've never tried soup dumplings will result in high-pitched squeals.
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Bonus points if you belt out a few bars on the spot.
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A perfect chance to laugh at yourself and humblebrag at the same time. Win-win!
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Is "all of them" a valid answer?
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Gummy-lovers and chocolate-addicts, state your cases.
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It's time to give your '90s UFO pants the credit they deserve.
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Going off the grid: liberating or sweaty-palms-inducing?
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Because nothing cements a friendship like disproving the moon landing.
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Pick your poison in a judgement-free zone.
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Yes, you can assume he or she does stick-and-pokes, too.
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