I just remembered the best family dinner story ever (hence my really creative subject).
My family is quirky, as everyone's is, and we gather together for these large affairs at long tables for the big holidays. A few years ago, one of my cousins was being a complete ass, and I think my dad may have had a bit too much Christmas wine. He said, "Can you stop braying long enough for me to eat?"
A silence fell.
My poor grandmother, who hates strife and always wants calm, was clearly struggling to find a way to change the topic. Sadly, she chose "Did you know they can see debris around Uranus?"
This DID break the ice. As did the next 5 minutes of her saying, "What? What? WHAT IS SO FUNNY?"