How you start a conversation with a stranger depends on where you live.

How you start a conversation with a stranger depends on where you live. We survey the diverse geography of American greetings—from Honolulu to Hays, Kansas, from Anchorage to Appleton, Wisconsin, from New Orleans to New York.



Based on research and writing by Deborah Fallows.

This post originally appeared on The Atlantic.

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