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Audrey Hepburn wins best pickup line

Do you believe in love at first sight? Or should I walk by again?

By Kristin Wong Mar 5, 2013 4:05PM

Breaking the ice isn't always easy. So you really can't blame suitors for having a crack at their best pickup lines in an attempt to get a phone number or nab a date.

Online dating site Badoo.com wanted to see what lines are most successful on both men and women. But they didn't go the route of: "Baby, you must be a broom, 'cause you just swept me off my feet." Nope—instead of cheesy bar lines, Badoo presented pickup lines from classic movies to 1,000 singles to see which ones they would use most.

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Women responded best to the Audrey Hepburn quote from the movie "Charade":

"I don’t bite, you know…unless it's called for."

What line was most preferred among the men? They liked the Bette Davis quote from the movie "The Cabin in the Cotton":

"I'd love to kiss you, but I just washed my hair."

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As awkward as they may be, a recent poll found that pickup lines might be more effective than we think. eHarmony recently surveyed over 2,000 of its members, asking them questions about dating. Forty-four percent of women admitted they like pickup lines. That's not a majority, but it's enough to keep trying.

But choose wisely, singles. In 2007, researchers at the University of Edinburgh studied the efficacy of pickup lines. They found that women responded best to lines that reflected the specific situation or surroundings. Corny jokes and compliments didn't do so well.

Tell us—what's your go-to icebreaker?

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Photo: Audrey Hepburn wins best pickup line / Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

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Mar 8, 2013 7:35AM
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I can't think of any good ones off the top of my head, but I've heard a few terrible ones. Such as, "I just got out of prison" and "My friend over their is a fortune teller." 
Mar 8, 2013 3:17AM
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I hadn't heard of Audrey Hepburn's line before, but I said almost the exact same thing to my current boyfriend the night we got together. We had known each other for two years as friends (dating other people during that stretch), but we eventually paired up when we found that we were both single. My words were "I don't bite... unless you want me too".
Mar 8, 2013 3:05AM
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Men, pull your pants up, tuck your shirt in, stand up straight, roll your shoulders back, make eye contact, walk over and introduce yourself and ask her to dance, or " may I sit here and talk with you", "may I buy you a drink" or anything that resembles a Real Man looking to meet this woman. Women love to socialize with Pretty Boys and Gym Boys but they marry Fred Flintstone. The guy that worships them, protects them and loves them.
Mar 8, 2013 2:32AM
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My nephew is a real ladykiller.  Females just gravitate to him, believe me, I've seen it in action.  I took him as a guest to our office Christmas party at a country club.  All the young women attorneys parked themselves at the table right behind my nephew so hey could watch him.  He had his eye on one of them and would keep bringing her fresh drinks.  Finally she said "are you trying to get me drunk."  He replied, "the more you drink, the cuter I look."  Guess that broke the ice because he did get her phone number and they began dating.  The next week I got an email from one of the young female attys thanking me for bringing the eye candy to the party.
Mar 8, 2013 1:12AM
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On a plane out from Minneapolis to L.A., I was sitting by a window seat when a highly attractive woman took the isle seat next to me. After the plane took off, she pointed to my newspaper and asked if she could see the sports section. I handed to her and said, "Not only can you look at it, you can keep it...I hate professional sports." She handed it back and said, "Thank Goodness, I was told that's the best way to start a conversation with a guy, but it bores me to tears...I hate sports too." That was the best flight I've ever been on. (we celebrate our 34th anniversary the end of May).
Mar 8, 2013 12:02AM
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Wanna play titanic? I'll yell ICEBERG! Then You can go down!

Mar 7, 2013 11:45PM
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Hey, we went to different high schools together. Remember?
Mar 7, 2013 11:12PM
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I went to a local bar with a female friend and of course all the bar stools were full except for one.  There was a female on both sides of a empty stool.  I told my friend no problem.  I sat down and struck up a conversation with both women.  In a short time they both left.  My friend asked what I said.  I told her the normal things you say to strangers weather, politics, etc.. and in short order they leave..  She thought this was really weird and so do I.

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