If people were looking at you in confusion it was probably the accent, not the fact that you said thank you. I get a lot of comments on my accent, and I know you North Carolinians have a much stronger accent than I do. I say thank you to people all day every day and no one thinks I'm weird for it. Not sure where in Chicago your hubby is from, but it sure isn't this part. If you didn't say thank you at the grocery store they'd probably look at you like you were crazy and say "Hm. You're welcome..." Is he from the south side? Now they're rude. Baaaaaaaaahahahaha just kidding. OK carry on. Sorry I don't have a Worlds story for the thread...maybe next year.