I love a good meat and potatoes honest conversation but abhor small talk. I find that people are always asking the wrong questions and try to ask pillow questions to either soften the blow or to ease into a conversation.
Several years ago I read an article in The New York Times about a list of magical 36 questions that could make you fall in love. With a tagline like that, it is impossible to resist reading. Here is a link to the original article. I love lists of questions anyway and one attached to a study is even more appealing.
What questions are your favorite to ask? I would love to hear about your 5 imaginary lives choices in the comments section.