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How to Not Get Stuck Sitting Next to a Jerk at Dinner

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Ugh, it never fails. No matter the size of the group, you always seem to get stuck sitting next to someone you'd rather not be—an overtly intoxicated uncle at your brother's wedding, a co-worker that believes closed-mouth chewing is more suggestion than rule, or the girl you wish you hadn't started a conversation with at a party.

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But as this handy infographic from San Francisco-based designer Alex Cornell explains, regardless of the number of chairs or shape of the table, with good timing and a bit of luck, you'll be able to reliably pick the best seat in the house:

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DISCUSSION

This doesn't apply for booths. In the event of a dual-entry booth, being the first mover is prime ("Oh, I'll move in"). However, for a single entry booth against a wall, being first is a deathwish. Have fun sitting next to some coats.