This is ironic, because I just read this article last night and experienced the way funny items bring about connection.
I have not been one to dress up too crazily for school spirit days in the past, but today was different. We had a "beach day" to celebrate our first football game, and because my family's affinity for the beach resulted in a beach themed party a few years ago, I knew it was my time to go all out. I had a Hawaiian style shirt, a lei around my neck, another around my medical boot due to a recent fracture (tried to spice it up to make myself like it more!), and a huge, ridiculously wild, straw hat. I mean, it's big.
I didn't expect the sheer amount of connections I made. I have 3 or 4 new friends and had more positive interactions with acquaintances. It was amazing! I still feel so lit up and excited about it. It seriously was a fun way to start a conversation with a stranger!