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  • Let's pretend you get on the bus and it's SUPER crowded. (CLAUSTROPHOBIA!!!)

  • The only spot that's open is between two strangers. (J, thinking: Dammit!)

  • So you sit down between two people you never met, and everyone is fine.

  • Everyone's keeping to themselves,

  • (They better)

  • no one's making eye contact,

  • it's perfect! (sigh of relief)

  • Sure, your shoulders are touching, (umm, no thank you)

  • but that's just what happens, that's part of the bus-going experience, [*groan]

  • YOU POOR PERSON!

  • But then, at the VERY next stop,

  • Aisle Seat Guy gets off. (okay)

  • So now, you and Window Seat Guy are sitting right next to each other. (okayyy)

  • But since you're in the middle, (OKAYYY)

  • you have to be the one to decide... (SUSPENSE IS KILLING ME)

  • Do you move or not? (AAAAAAAAH)

  • I honestly don't know what the right thing to do in that situation is... (stupid James)

  • I'm conflicted.

  • Because if you move it would be silently telling the other person,

  • "HEY YOU'RE DISGUSTING (but then again, isn't he/she?)

  • I CAN'T STAND HAVING OUR SHOULDERS TOUCH ANY LONGER

  • AND I'M GLAD TO FINALLY GET AWAY FROM YOU! UGH!!!!!" (YASS)

  • But on the other hand, if I was the Window Seat Guy,

  • I would want the Middle Seat Guy to become the NEW Aisle Seat guy.

  • I wouldn't see moving as rude!

  • I would just want his gross, disgusting body

  • (cue redrawing of body)

  • as far away from me as possible.

  • That's not rude!

  • But, on the other OTHER hand,

  • (JAMES IS A MUTANT)

  • 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! (sounds impossible)

  • Now, imagine that same situation...

  • but with urinals.

  • (Women don't get this joke. This joke is sexist)

  • If you're in the middle urinal, 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? (You seem to be sitting NO inches away from them)

  • I always felt like I should say SOMETHING, like,

  • "Hey, did you see the game last night? (NOP)

  • 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. (They hate you.)

  • We both agree that there's this

  • unwritten contract between us that we're not even going to look at each other. (What if he/she's blind?)

  • It got me thinking about strangers and specifically, how I treat them.

  • And how I can make money off of them,

  • HEYOOOO! --- I'm just kidding,

  • I'm just kidding. That was a joke. (careful m8)

  • 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. (glad we are in agreement)

  • But now that YouTube's the thing,

  • I'm interacting with strangers more often than I've had to in my entire life! (J: Gosh darn it)

  • 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!"

  • That's always the go-to profession of a stranger, an axe murderer.

  • But the people you see throughout your day are all humans (or NOT)

  • 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! (stab)

  • So I think that the people you see throughout your daily life aren't strangers.

  • They're potential friends. (YAY!)

  • Except for the weird ones obviously, stay away from them. (AWW)

  • And yes, I'm telling you to judge people based on their appearance. They're the ones that chose to wear anime

  • shirts in public, okay?! (LOL)

  • So, back to the bus scenario. I'm sitting right next to this fellow human being (you're human?)

  • 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. (me too)

  • Just stop touching my shoulder! (AGGH!)

  • So that was the last time I took the bus.

  • Unfortunately, that's not the only place you meet strangers...

  • One time, I was at Home Depot and I was looking for jumper cables, (ooh, trippy!)

  • and I couldn't find them anywhere. (blind James) 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. (AWKWARD)

  • 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? (GENIUS)

  • Like what's the worst thing they're gonna say?

  • "UGGH!

  • You don't know where one specific item is?!

  • Everyone else knows! Did you even look?!

  • They're in the jumper cable aisle! Idiot!"

  • (SLAP!)

  • No one's gonna think that.

  • So, feeling desperate, I mustered up what little courage I had (and it's VERY little)

  • and swaggered up to someone wearing an orange vest

  • and said, "U-uh excuse me. Do you know where the jumper cables ar-"

  • "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.

  • 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. (reasonable)

  • But I also bought a hammer because I didn't want people to think that I stole something.

  • (dodgy James)

  • So...

  • (starting engine)

  • Oh yeah...

  • And by the way, if you wear an orange vest to Home Depot, (They're construction workers. It's a habit)

  • 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

  • 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,

  • 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 them 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!" (LANGUAGE)

  • 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? (not at all)

  • So the only less awkward option I could think of

  • was to buy my own book and you know what?

  • 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,

  • A: "Dude, this is ridiculous. You-you have to come clean."

  • So then he went to the worker and said, "So he actually uh, wrote this book.

  • He just wanted to get a look at it, like, in the wild."

  • (even Adam sounds confused)

  • 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!

  • 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. (You're hopeless)

  • 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. (not gud enough)

  • 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 we're 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 Jaiden, 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.

  • As always, thanks to everyone who worked on this video and a big, big thanks to YOU dear viewer...

  • for wearing your seat belt.

Let's pretend you get on the bus and it's SUPER crowded. (CLAUSTROPHOBIA!!!)

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