This kind of question is especially fun if you are at a larger gathering where everyone seems to know everyone else, because oftentimes you'll get introductions to everyone else as well."If you won a free education, what would you go back to school for? "Not only does this question tell you what they went to school for (and if they took any post-secondary classes at all), but also provides you with a hint as to their goals, aspirations and dreams. "Depending on where you are will determine what exactly you are asking a suggestion for.
Coffee shops and bookstores/libraries are great for this icebreaker, as are local eateries, pubs, sporting events and grocery stores.
Have fun and see where the conversation takes you."What does your name mean?
"Asking someone with an unusual first or last name is a great pickup line, especially if they have a story to tell.
Perhaps try unusual but tame, "metal basket weaving class" or "underwater poetry reading" or strange, "pistachio eating contest." The point is to make the person forget about John and ask about the thought-provoking event you mentioned.
"There are several variations on this question, such as asking how someone knows the party host, or how they came across the band whose gig you're both at.The ODA monitors enquiry and complaint levels and the issues complained about.It can intervene if it sees worrying trends or serious matters of concern. Either way, this icebreaker will get the two of you in close physical contact (if not touching in the case of the sunscreen) so that you can make smiling eye contact to show your interest.Don't let the apple of your eye get away with a mere, "Sure," however; try starting a conversation about the item in question, whether or not sunscreen really helps, or some other related item in the vicinity."You look familiar.