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Have A TV-Free Chat with your Co-Workers

What to talk about besides television -- When you can't chat about last night's episode, try these topics of discussion

What to talk about besides television

No one has suffered more from this strike than the watercooler industry. Before the nation drops dead from ennui and dehydration, EW furnishes the following Watercooler Talking Points.

1. YOUR OWN LIFE
This is our weakest suggestion. Under normal circumstances, no one wants to hear about your life. That is why television was invented. That, and to sell Bowflex.

2. THAT DREAM YOU HAD LAST NIGHT
We were wrong: This is our weakest suggestion.

3. BOOKS
Books are like TV shows and movies, in that they are slightly more interesting than your life. They can be divided into two categories: semiautobiographical first novels and books about food.

4. POLITICS
While not as entertaining as Lost, politics is often equally credulity-straining, frustrating, and dumb. But unlike Lost, you get to see the monster up close, and can sometimes watch it try to kiss a baby.

5. RELIGION
Really want to get things hoppin' around the old watercooler again? Try this: ''Guess what I watched last night? A vision telling me you're going straight to hell.''

Originally posted Oct 04, 2007 Published in issue #975 Jan 25, 2008 Order article reprints