Adam Wuhl had been to several parties, dozens even. Given that no amount of social fear can prevent occasional interactions with slightly uncomfortable strangers, he experienced something central to all of our lives, the dreaded question: “What are you studying?”
After multiple such encounters of the standard and dull variety, he set to work researching human interactions and how to ask better questions at parties. He tried various different ones, quoting movies and even some rhetorical questions. Notable failures included “do you fear death?” and “what is the meaning of life, the universe, and everything?” A definite failure was “So, do you prefer to use or omit the Oxford comma?” 
Just when he was about to give up and attempt to simply enjoy the discomfort of others - since he predicted that it would be the only general social state he was capable of eliciting - he came across a brilliant solution. He had been looking in the wrong place the whole time. It wasn’t the words that he used that made everyone feel awkward about not knowing how to tell him he managed to be both dull and irritating (sometimes it was the words, Hitler jokes are not a first-meeting greeting). 
It was in fact the combination of his body language and his inability to speak loudly. And his question: “where’d you get that (top/shirt/jacket/enormous facial piercing/face tattoo of Mike Tyson with his face tattoo)?” It’s not great but it’s better than the bullshit he was doing before.