After handing out all the Jamba Juice smoothies at a celebratory meeting with the 40 people from my department, my supervisor quieted the room by taking a poll.
"Is there anyone in this room who hasn't ever experienced a brain freeze?"
My hand shot up.
Instantly, my coworker "friends" turned on me. "Chug! Chug! Chug!"
My supervisor hushed them again. "There are people who never get brain freezes. It has to do with the position of a large nerve near the roof of the mouth. For most of us, the nerve is located closely to the roof of the mouth. It feels it when we eat or drink something ice cold and sends survival signals to brain because it thinks the body is freezing to death. Blood vessels in the brain restrict. A moment later, the body realizes it isn't freezing and a huge rush of blood pushes through those restricted blood vessels and creates that momentary intense headache. For some people, like Lara apparently, that nerve isn't as close to the roof of the mouth so they don't ever get brain freezes."
"Wow. It's like you have an evolutionary advantage," the art director quipped.
"Too bad I can't reproduce," I chimed back cheerfully.
The room goes silent. I go red. Awkward laughter ensues.
There's a reason why they call me the queen of awkward conversations at work.