boy oh boy do i just *love* these threads.
you: "are you from tenessee?"
her: "no, why?"
you: "cuz you're the only ten-i-see"
or, i actually witnessed a friend do this one once.
him: "i would love to f**k you tonight"
her: gave him a stare, took his hand, and said
"we'll talk about that later"
floored me i tell ya, but he was pretty studly.
however, neil -- in your case, i don't suggest either one.
how about this -- just be totally honest. no need to come up with some cheesy ice-breaker, or whatever. just walk up to them, and say:
"i noticed you and thought i'd just come say hi."
you're not trying to make up some story, you're not trying to hit on them, you're just trying to start up a conversation. howz that for honesty!
also, try not to let looks be your primary trigger. i hate to say it, and i'm sure i'm being stereo-typical, but the hotties are usually much more critical. it's not that they don't want to talk to you, they're just too worried about their image, what their friends might think, etc. besides, looks fade and their looks may intimidate you.
i don't subscribe to the "practice on the ones you have zero interest in" theory either. that's just being cruel. would you like it if someone "practiced" on you?
yeah, you may crash and burn a few times ... but so what. it's not like you've lost anything and who knows what you could gain ... right?