#442 Figuring out how we got on this topic

Do you ever find yourself chatting with friends when someone suddenly says “Hey, how did we start talking about this?”

That’s when you find yourself quickly unwinding your off-the-rails conversation by jumping backwards through scattered anecdotes and interconnected stories. As you unravel the jumbly mystery you’re suddenly a speedy detective racing back through the universe at warp speed to tighten a couple screws so your tightly twisted brain can relax back into a world that makes sense again.


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67 thoughts on “#442 Figuring out how we got on this topic

  1. I love that! :) This also happens with my own individual thought processes, backtracking to figure out how I ended up thinking about something completely random.

  2. Funny because my friend and I were driving around and talking today and this came up. It was a fun game to see who could remember :)

    We’re both leaving for college and won’t be able to see each other for a while so it was nice to have so much fun :P

  3. You’re so right — your brain can’t rest until you know! It’s like when you try to figure out who sings a certain song or what movie featured a particular actor … thou shalt not rest until the answer has been unveiled.

  4. This also works for when you’re trying to work out what you were going to say to somebody that was only loosely related to something about three conversational leaps ago.

  5. I always find myself backtracking my thought processes! It’s satisfying to get back to where you started. Awesome!!

  6. All the time. Sometimes its really fun to unravel a conversation and find out how you went from talking about your weekend to talking about your favorite high school teacher.

  7. Haha, this happens to me all the time. It’s even funnier when you’re done backtracking, and then have to go forward again to continue what you were talking about. :p

  8. I would have never thought of this! That’s brilliant. Thanks! Totally changing the subject, did you ever consider the awesomeness of handwritten, hidden love notes? Somebody mentioned this yesterday.

  9. This is totally awesome!

    And it reminds me of a game I used to play with a friend at work. We would both simultaneously think of our own random thing.. (Me: Peanut Butter! Him: “Kuala Lumpur!”). And then we would choose those as a starting point and ending point to get between using Wikipedia, but without using the keyboard to search for anything after getting to the starting page. So, we’d both get to the “Peanut Butter” page on wiki (or whatever the starting page we agreed on was), and then using only the internal links within the articles, we had to find a way to get to the page on “Kuala Lumpur”, as quickly as possible..

    After we were done, we could compare browser histories to see how we each managed to get from one point to the other, and all the twists and turns involved.

    Man, we could play that game for hours. It was awesome.

    1. And here’s how it’s folks:

      Peanut Butter
      Breakfast Cereal
      Tony the Tiger
      Eye of the Tiger
      Sylvester Stallone
      Robert DeNiro
      Meet the Parents
      Ben Stiller
      Kuala Lumpur


        1. Me too! It was right around Robert DeNiro where my path stopped being random, and I knew I just had to get to Ben Stiller to get to Malaysia..

          Obey my dog!

    2. OMG!! I learned this game from some guys at the AT&T store while buying my iphone. I thought they made it up but it’s real!!!!

  10. I was just having this conversation with my friend on the way home the other day. I think its neat to backtrack on how we got there.

  11. i think you should include, sneaking a lolly from the pick and mix/lolly bins (whatever you have in wherever you are) at the supermarket/grocery store.
    you know what im talking about, the different types of lollies all sitting there without wrappers, each type in a big bin…..
    you pinch one and no one notices, and you continue your shopping!

  12. I do this all the time. It usually started with something really stupid, like how somebody’s fart sounded.

    (It was exactly like an old car starting.)

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