“Are those space pants? Because your ass is out of this world.”
“You must be an atom because we have chemistry.”
Yeah, those are actually a few of Below Deck Mediterranean's Colin Macy O'Toole's pickup lines.
Will those ever work... and on who? His crew-mate João Franco is not sold, for one, and offers to wing-man him for better results. But it got us thinking... do any pickup lines actually work?
As someone pointed out on Reddit, while pickup lines may be incredibly cheesy, stupid, and counterproductive to some, the other clichéd, small-talk ways of starting a conversation can seem just as awkward as well — like, yes... my weekend was fine/it’s so hot out/this bar is so fun.
If you think of a pickup line not necessarily as a method of picking someone up but instead as a method of getting the other person to stop, listen to you, and hopefully have at least some sort of (positive) reaction, then they can work. And it's not necessarily about what is said.
The reasons why pickup lines fail, most often, is when the person saying the pickup line is not appealing to you... and when you're not, at that very moment, receptive to having a chat with a stranger. If someone you find attractive says something that is a bit corny, you’re more likely to want to roll your eyes and continue the conversation or call them out than if it’s someone you find on the creepier side. Plus, if you're bored and waiting for a friend alone, it's very different than if you're interrupted mid-convo by a stranger.
So, one of Colin's incredibly niche pickup lines could work because even if he's not offering the right line, it just matters it's the right person and the right time. And, if you know your audience — maybe he's into scientists?! — cleverly targeting your pickup line will likely get you bonus points for creativity. (May we suggest these equally scientific come-ons to him like, “If you were a triangle, you’d be acute one,” and “Is your name Wi-Fi? Because I’m feeling a connection.”)
If you're not into making a bold first move or possibly looking silly, consider this instead: Simply say hi and introduce yourself... and go from there.
Meanwhile, we’ll have to see what happens when Colin and pals (and possibly this one alter ego) put these lines to the test in next week’s Below Deck Med.
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