"Where are you from?"
A question I get asked a lot. Must be the accent.
"I'm from Mittagong, mate."
"No where are *really* from?"
At this point I look around to make sure nobody else is listening, then without saying a word point skyward, looking around again to get my bearings and then adjusting my finger slightly as a result.
This always seems to end the conversation.
Thank goodness. Years ago I'd answer with 'California' and they'd start yacking my ear off about how they once travelled to Texas in 1983, and their great aunt on their mother's side lives somewhere in California. Perhaps I know her? Her name is Judy. I try to explain that are 40M people in California and it's possible I haven't met every one of them. Then I get asked what I think about Donald Trump. And guns.
Anyway simply pointing my index finger into space truncates the conversation instantly. That's really good to know.