Being nosy by nature, I enjoy overhearing small conversations in public places, especially restaurants and supermarkets because most of the talk there focuses on food.In a market you can stop midaisle and pretend to look for a favorite brand of crackers and listen if the talk intrigues you.At a Whole Foods in Princeton, N.J., I recently pretended to be looking for the perfect cauliflower when a man asked his co-shopper, “Do we want organic broccoli?”“No,” the woman he was with quickly ...

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