On this date, you and your companion may not speak to each other or touch each other. All communication must be nonverbal, either through gestures or through your eyes.

By the end of the date, two things may happen. You may have gotten used to the lack of direct communication. If it feels like it's normal -- if it makes you feel like you're an old married couple -- than you better run. The first date is way too soon in the relationship to be falling into that kind of rut.

If, on the other hand, the moment you are allowed to talk and touch, you fall into each other's arms and start babbling away, you'll know that your date may be a keeper.

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No. 2: Horror movie marathon

For an unusual first date, try a horror movie marathon. You may be able to find one in a nearby theater -- of course, that's a lot easier around Halloween than other times of the year -- or create your own at home with a stack of rental films.

There's nothing like being scared together to see if you are really compatible. Is one person a screamer and the other a comforter? That would work. If you're both screamers, though, you will just egg each other on. If you're both calm comforters, you'll be frustrated that there is no one to soothe.

Also pay attention to your date's popcorn-eating behavior. Try making just one bowl and see what happens. Does your date hog the bowl, making it hard for you to reach? Does your date drop kernels on the floor? If your date passes the bowl each time he or she takes a handful, you'll know you've got a winner.

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No. 1: Try something new

For a unique date -- and a unique life experience -- do something that neither of you has ever done before.

It could be going to the opera, riding a hot-air balloon, having lunch in a nearby town you've never seen or anything else that is new for you.

The trick is to pick something that is way outside the norm for both of you, not only something you've never done before, but something you've never even thought of doing.

If your companion is a dud, at least you will have an adventure and a break from the routine, and you might even discover a whole new interest. If your companion seems promising, observe how he or she handles the unfamiliar situation.

Life has a way of throwing us curve balls, and someone who can take novelty in stride may be a good bet for the long term.

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