1) make the subject something very few people understand, or
2) go off on a lengthy tangent in the middle of the story
I am going to do BOTH, so this little anecdote will probably fall flat on its face and fracture its fibula (I love alliteration!).
K. So Matt is in a "special" math class (interruption: he is complaining that saying "special" makes it sound like he needs extra help in math. This is not the case. It's an enrichment class. As in normal math is tres easy for him--true story: he came home at the beginning of the year and said that the teacher wanted him to go to extra classes for both language arts and math. I said, "Oh Matt, they just want to make sure that you can succeed. It's ok that you need some help. We can help you at home too." He looked at me and said, "No, Mom, it's for the gifted kids!" Boy, did I feel stupid. I just basically called my kid SLOW. Really, though, it didn't occur to me that he was...uh...smart) and I asked Matt what they've been studying in this math enrichment class.
He said, "Well, we're studying two kinds of probability, theatrical and experimental."
Theatrical probability? I thought to myself. What's that? Like for performing arts, plays, concerts and stuff?
Then I realized he meant THEORETICAL probability! I laughed so hard!
And the probability that anyone other than Jen in WI getting this is probably pretty paltry (alliteration strikes again!).
Anyway, Matt wanted me to post this. So there you go, Matt.