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This is a point of some dispute — a lot of people out there love spilling their guts to cab drivers, and conversely, some cab drivers really love to spill their guts to smiling, nodding fares — but it's a good jumping off point. No need to pester them with questions, or whatever it is you wanted to pester them about (other than directions to your destination, which is obviously fine). Per Executive Editor Mike Conklin's advice, "Everyone just needs to shut the fuck up and get through it." Exactly.