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Why Do People Insist on Making Awkward Small Talk in an Elevator?

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Why make small talk with people in an elevator?

A user on Ask Reddit posed the question: “People who try to make small talk for the 20 seconds you are on an elevator with someone else, why do you do that?”

Some of the answers were illuminating:

Sometimes the discomfort of being thrust into an intimate space with someone else and not acknowledging that is too much for me,” wrote redditor ThatGuyinNY. “I try to fight the impulse, but it’s just strange pretending the other person doesn’t exist.”

Tales From the Pizza Guy

Ever wonder if that person who delivered your pizza has some incredible stories? Tales From the Pizza Guy is where delivery drivers share some of their weirdest or most interesting encounters while out on the job.

One of the top posts of all time came from a driver who was given the chance to make a gigantic $30 tip — but only if he could freestyle some dope rhymes. Here’s what he came up with.

Porgs Rule in This Star Wars Photoshop Battle

If you haven’t heard of Porgs, they’re the almost unbearably cute new alien revealed in the lastest trailer for December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. redditors had a good old Photoshop battle so they could edit Porgs onto all kinds of wacky situations (including this movie poster by redditor shashakeitup with a Porg replacing the titular Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker).

The Easiest Way to Figure Out Where to Eat Tonight

Reddit user 03mark87 may have just solved a common relationship problem with his latest invention. He turned an old See n’ Say into a restaurant selector as a birthday present for his wife. If the pair can’t settle on where to go out for dinner, they can simply press down on a lever and a spinning banana will choose where they’ll eat.


Reddit Writes About a World With Unlimited Money

If a genie granted you “infinite wealth,” but the FBI was after you for destroying the economy, how would it play out? People had some creative original stories in response to this post on the popular Writing Prompts subreddit, where amateur authors write stories based on a single suggestion. One of the top posts was so popular it turned into a multi-part story about all three wishes.


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