Talking to Strangers

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08:31   |   Jun 07, 2019


Talking to Strangers
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  • let's pretend you get on the bus and it's SUPER crowded, the only spot that's open is between two strangers. ( don't talk to them )
  • So you sit down between two people you never met and everyone is fine. Everyone's keeping to themselves. ( or is it??)
  • No one's making eye contact, ( do they have glasses?)
  • It's perfect. ( nothings perfect)
  • Sure, your shoulders are touching but that's just what happens, that's part of the bus going experience, ( and show your in hell)
  • But then at the very next stop, Aisle Seat Guy to the fghfjcfcuc gets off. What do you do? Jump off the bus!
  • So now you and Window Seat Guy are sitting right next to each other. ( dont flirt)
  • But since you're in the middle, you have to be the one to decide... do you move or not?
  • I honestly don't know what the right thing to do in that situation is but lay on both seats
  • I'm conflicted. Because if you move it would be silently telling the other person, "HEYYOURDISGUSTING
  • But on the other hand, if I was the Window Seat Guy,
  • I would want the Middle Seat Guy to become the new RU7DRNFJKFC Seat Guy. I wouldn't see moving as rude,
  • I would just want his gross, disgusting body as far away from me as possible.
  • That's not rude, but on the other, OTHER hand...
  • Maybe I'm overthinking everything and most people don't even mind being this close to another human and
  • they aren't struggling socially,
  • I don't know. Now imagine that same situation...but with urinals. If you're in the middle urinal, ( GIRLS DONT KNOW DA HECH WAT DAT MEANS)
  • Do you move halfway through to the other urinal?
  • Because I would. Are you supposed to talk to people when you're sitting two inches away from them?
  • I always felt like I should say something like "hey, did you see the game last night?"
  • ...I didn't-- I was too busy drawing cartoons. But I realized that this is a two-way street.
  • I'm worried about not talking to someone but they're not talking to me either. (OF COURSE NOT.)
  • We both agree that there's this unwritten contract between us that we're not even going to look at each other.
  • It got me thinking about strangers and specifically, how I treat them. And how I can make money off of them and get famous.
  • Heyo! --- I'm just kidding,
  • I'm just kidding. That was a joke.
  • For most of my life,
  • ...I would go out of my way to avoid talking to people. I would stay in my lane mind my own business
  • No eye contact if everyone's using a urinal, I'd have to pee tomorrow. Yes, I'm lonely. (Sad.)
  • But now that YouTube's the thing, I'm interacting with strangers more often than I've had to in my entire life.
  • So I've been thinking a lot about strangers and first of all, I think the word "sTrAnGeR"
  • is already an insulting label for someone just because you don't know their name. "Oh, I don't know this person?
  • They're a 'Stranger,' they're ~strange~. I'm the normal one. They're the freaks. They probably murder people
  • with an axe!" (bold of you to assume I murder people with an axe)
  • That's always the go-to profession of a stranger, an axe murderer.
  • But, the people you see throughout your day are all
  • humans with their own hopes and dreams and some of them may hope to kill you
  • But, you'll never know because you didn't ever take the time to get to know them! (Become friends with people you know, kids.)
  • So I think that the people you see throughout your daily life aren't strangers.
  • They're potential friends. Except for the weird ones obviously, stay away from them. (EW)
  • And yes, I'm telling you to judge people based on their appearance. They're the ones that chose to wear anime(Thats mean :( )
  • shirts in public, okay?! So, back to the bus scenario. I'm sitting right next to this fellow human being so far
  • there's not a single reason why I should dislike this person.
  • But I don't know why if you put him and me on a bus next to each other
  • I want him as far away from me as possible. ( thats mean, James)
  • Just stop touching my shoulder!
  • So that was the last time I took the bus.
  • Unfortunately, that's not the only place you meet strangers... (You got Social Media.)
  • One time, I was at Home Depot and I was looking for jumper cables
  • And I couldn't find them anywhere. And I don't know if I'm the only human that's like this
  • But I will try everything in my power to not talk to a sales associate. (same James, same)
  • I guess it's cuz I know they get paid minimum wage and their life sucks and I just want to leave them alone and
  • not make their job any harder than it has to be. But asking employees for help isn't even bothering them that
  • much. In fact, I think it's part of their job? Like what's the worst thing they're gonna say?
  • UGH!
  • You don't know where one specific item is?! Everyone else knows! Did you even look?!
  • They're in the jumper cable aisle! Idiot!" (OOF)
  • (SLAP!)
  • No one's gonna think that.
  • So feeling desperate I mustered up what little courage I had and swaggered up to someone wearing an orange
  • vest and said "Excuse me. Do you know where the jumper cables?"-- I don't work here. Oh, you don't work
  • here...?
  • And then he walked away...
  • (To the tune of The Duck Song) And then he waddled away, waddle waddle. (MEMORIES)
  • And then the very next day, BUM! BUM!! BUM!
  • So I think the logical thing to do in that situation would have been to find someone who DOES work there?
  • But I left the store because I didn't want to run into that same guy again.
  • But I also bought a hammer because I didn't want people to think that I stole something.
  • so...
  • (starting engine)
  • Oh yeah...
  • And by the way, if you wear an orange vest to Home Depot, (Their construction workers.)
  • Just expect people to ask you for help. Same goes for people who wear red shirts at Target.
  • You'd think I'd learn from my mistakes, but no! I have a bunch more examples. When my book came out (I have the book and its the best book ever)
  • My publisher said that it was going to be carried at Barnes & Noble.
  • And I thought that was
  • Super Duper cool and wanted to see my book in the wild. Not to buy or anything just to have a look at it.
  • So I took my friend Adam from SomethingElseYT, and we went to the local Barnes & Noble and started
  • our search. We looked in the humor section, didn't find it. Then we checked the new release section,
  • It wasn't there either. Then we looked at the best-selling section then the religious section, but we couldn't
  • find the book anywhere. So either the publisher lied (NANI!?)
  • or they had already sold out, but just to be sure I asked one of the workers
  • Hey, do you guys have a book by...?
  • TheOdd1sOut? He kind of looks like this. And the worker typed something out on his computer and said, oh, yeah
  • We got those in the back. We just haven't put him out yet
  • So then he went to the back room brought out a copy and handed it to me saying here you go kid
  • And I thought well, frick. I can't just hand it back to the guy and say "oh, no, that's okay,
  • I didn't want to buy it. I just wanted to have a look at it." Do you know how inconvenient that would be?
  • So the only less awkward
  • option I could think of, was to buy my own book and you know what? (Awkwardly...)
  • I'd get a couple cents back from this purchase. So it wouldn't have been a total loss
  • But Adam, being the more sensible one, said:
  • Adam: Dude, this is ridiculous. You-you have to come clean.
  • James: So then he went to the worker and said: Adam: So he actually uh, wrote this book.
  • He just wanted to get a look at it like in the wild. James: And the worker said "Oh, that's so cool,"
  • (pen clicks)
  • "Do you want to sign our copies?" And then I thought, well, hold on. You're not even going to ask me for my ID?
  • How do you know I actually wrote this book and I'm not some guy trying to deface someone else's?
  • And then the guy gave me a whole stack of my books and I signed them all. Last story before I go
  • I was in the hallway of a building and me and this potential friend crossed paths,
  • he said "Hello", and I was going to respond with Hello, and how's it going?
  • But I combined the two and ended up saying, "How?" and then I jumped out a window and fell to my death (OOF)
  • I can't rationalize that behavior. Maybe I spend too much time on the computer
  • I'm not used to looking at real people's faces
  • But I'm trying to change. Don't get me wrong, going to conventions and meeting fans has helped me a lot with
  • talking to people. Granted, those conversations are usually one-sided and a real stranger won't already know
  • who I am, but they've still helped me. Now, you might be expecting me
  • to give you advice on overcoming social anxiety,
  • but if you watch this video, you know, I'm not the most qualified to give that advice, but I'll try my best.
  • I know it's hard to feel confident and I'm still working on it,
  • But you have to understand that we're ALL people and we ALL have things that were struggling with.
  • And in reality, we're not all watching or caring about every little thing
  • that other people do. We're all too busy worrying about what other people think of us.
  • So with enough practice and believing in yourself,
  • You can show the world your true colors.
  • And, I think you'll find that people are a lot nicer than you think.
  • So if you're the middle seat guy on the bus and you have to decide whether or not to move
  • Do whatever you want. No one cares. Just stop touching my shoulders!
  • End Card James: Hey everyone. I know it's been a while.
  • Thank you for being patient with this video. May has been a really busy month because some of you might...
  • ...know that May is my birthday month and I don't work on my birthday month so...
  • If there's a lesson you should take away from this video, is don't worry about being awkward.
  • Because everyone is weird.
  • And if anyone makes you feel bad for being awkward, then not only is that person...
  • ...more weird than you,
  • but they're also an a-hole.
  • I have some events coming up very soon
  • I have VidCon, and chessboxing. And then I'm also going on tour with a bunch of people that you might recognize
  • Like Jayden, and Ross, and Domics, and Egoraptor...just uh, to name drop a couple people.
  • So if any of these events look interesting, you can buy some tickets in the description...
  • ...or through the event tab on my website.
  • And if you're yearning for more Odd1sOut content,
  • I just wanted to remind you all that I have a second channel and either today or tomorrow
  • I'm going to be uploading a video where I answer some math questions with my friend Pat.
  • Please watch it. (please :( )
  • As always, thanks to everyone who worked on this video and a big, big thanks to YOU dear viewer...
  • for wearing your seat belt. (BUSSESDONTHAVESEATBELTS)

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I sure am glad I never have to talk to strangers :^)
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