Conversation Starters

I laugh when I hear decor items called “conversation starters.”  In some cases it might be true, but here’s a little snippet from an article in the July 2011 Better Homes and Gardens (one of my favorite magazines, btw) that had me snickering:

Stack bundles of logs, cut ends out, in the firebox during the off season.  For about $15, it will give your room a beautiful natural element and a guaranteed conversation starter.  ~Jenny Komenda

How exactly does that conversation start?  “Say, your firebox is stuffed to the brim with logs…”

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