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Old 06-11-2014, 05:39 AM
 
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It's weird. Who the hell talks to random people on the bus or train?
My mother does all the time and most people respond as well. She's a very pleasant old Irish lady so I suppose that helps. She knows people all over the place.
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Old 06-11-2014, 05:45 AM
 
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I think it happens a lot in smaller more rural areas with public transportation, people are still friendly and don't find it hard to strike up conversa. I think only really stuck up people or *******s would ignore polite, random talk
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Old 06-11-2014, 06:12 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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I think it happens a lot in smaller more rural areas with public transportation, people are still friendly and don't find it hard to strike up conversa. I think only really stuck up people or *******s would ignore polite, random talk
Why friend says when he is walking in Portland in the park or something and says 'hello' to passers by they give him rude looks and ignore him! Such would be considered rude here, is it normal there?
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Old 06-11-2014, 06:19 AM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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City people are just stuck up and up them selves.
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Old 06-11-2014, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I've heard that about Iran, and I'd like to visit. But I've also heard some of the men can be too friendly if you know what I mean...
My wife learned that in such countries, wear heavy walking boots, and chase them down the street kicking them. Bystanders will be on your side.

If you're talking about men-to-men, it is quite accepted in the Middle East for men to touch and embrace each other and hold hands and air-kiss (the way women do in America, and athletes after winning a game), which does not imply anything sexual. It's just their different cultural boundaries on personal space and camaraderie..

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Old 06-11-2014, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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My wife learned that in such countries, wear heavy walking boots, and chase them down the street kicking them. Bystanders will be on your side.
Towards the men too. I had an Arab man basically proposition me for sex (inviting me to his hotel room for a 'massage' after talking about his bisexual proclivities).
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Old 06-11-2014, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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It's funny that in such an apparently homophobic society, there are so many men looking for sex with other men.
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Old 06-11-2014, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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It's funny that in such an apparently homophobic society, there are so many men looking for sex with other men.
I've heard due to sexual frustration/segregation clandestine homosexuality is common in some Muslim countries. Maybe it's just like one big all-boy's school? lol
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Old 06-11-2014, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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In the U.S., it varies dramatically depending upon where you live.

I grew up in New England, and there are basically no reasons someone should ever talk to a stranger absent some sort of essential transaction (like in a store). Talking to strangers is generally seen as weird, and perhaps rude - an intrusion upon their privacy. 90% of the time someone did try to talk to me growing up, they ended up being someone selling something, a missionary, or a panhandler.

In the Midwest and the South, it's quite different, and people don't think much of striking up conversations with strangers. I've talked to many people from back home who have moved elsewhere, and they all agree it was profoundly disturbing when they were first exposed to it, because you keep wondering what the "angle" of the person is - if they're insane, or trying to pick you up, or something.
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Old 06-11-2014, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Taipei
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In Taiwan,we don't talk to strangers on public transport unless it's necessary.
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