On par with small talk and its relationship to all things hell-like, you know what else just drives me crazy? Obvious jokes. You know the ones:
"Leftovers, eh? You gonna share with me? Hehehe!"
"Oh you went to Starbucks and didn't get me something? OHhh man! Next time you better get me something!"
"Bet you're enjoying this weather, huh?"
"Frankly, my dear..."
What I want to respond with is:
"Share with you? Maybe if we both go back in time and you pay for half."
"Why would I get you something? Our work relationship isn't even worth the nasty-ass, burnt drip coffee in the kitchen here. You think I'm going to spend $4 on you?"
"Enjoying this weather? Is this you're idea of a joke because we all know I prefer cold weather and spring is starting? Because man-oh-man, you are the FIRST person to remind me that it's warm outside. Let me make an appropriate gesture so you know how I really feel."
"Gone With The Wind!? WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT?!"
It can be downright painful sometimes. I am not afraid of silence and I don't get why some people feel the need to fill the beauty of it with small talk and obvious jokes. If you really want to fill the silence, sing a showtune or something. Now THAT would be funny!