"On this assignment, it was my mission both to learn the benefits of coconut oil and to take a shot at making new friends by trying to start a conversation with something like, "Have you ever heard of coconut oil?" Well, unfortunately, it didn't work out too well.
During this week, between taxis and Ubers, I had six different drivers. I tried to bring up the topic in conversation but, unfortunately, it didn't work out too well. I found it a little strange to ask an Uber driver, who is also a Federal Police officer, if he had heard that coconut oil can be good for people who snore a lot.
In a restaurant, I started chatting with my own girlfriend about coconut oil, hoping that the people at surrounding tables would chime in, too. Nobody showed the slightest interest and they just continued chatting about other aspects of their lives.
Unfortunately, on all the buses I rode and in all the bars I went to over the course of this assignment, I didn't have the courage to poke someone out of nowhere and say, "Hi! Have you heard about coconut oil?"
Last week, we had a guest at the company and, at the end of breakfast, I asked him, out of nowhere, if he knew about coconut oil. Everyone laughed because they knew about my assignment, but the young man felt a little uncomfortable, and made a face that said, "For the love of God, what the heck is this guy talking about?"
Conclusion: In order to make friends, the topic of coconut oil isn't the best conversation starter in the world. It would be better to try other alternatives like 'Do you think it's going to rain today?' or 'Wow, isn't it hot out?'" - Davi Rocha