The top three things you should never talk about in a bar are:
- 1) Politics
The U.S. is well known as a melting pot, accepting people of many different backgrounds and opinions. However, people often have very decisive opinions on these topics, and when fueled by alcohol and emotion, civilized discourse can fall by the wayside and dissolve into heated or even physical confrontation.
Some would say that these are often topics best avoided at work, and online as well.
Reading comments about the 2012 Presidential election on Twitter, for instance, provided perfect examples of politeness going right out the window both before and after the election.