It wouldn't have worked on another day or if he was reading another paper.
Yes it would still work - he could say, 'I was reading the times last week' or 'last month' or whatever.
But yeah - part of what made it work well was that it was spontaneous - you know and then when I came back he pointed out the article and I stood there and read it, and then we discussed it because I made a joke about how it said that men were NOT getting better looking, (ha, ha, ha....).
Mine was timeless and it was self effacing. I risk being led away by the ear.
I'll tell you what was wrong with yours - it put too much emphasis on looks. No woman, no matter how pretty she is, wants a man who only cares about looks. Shallow, shallow, shallow....and what happens if she gets in an accident that messes up her face - or inevitably ages and maybe doesn't age well....
I mean, you might get a one-night-stand with a pick up line like that, or someone who was looking for a sugar daddy - and if that's what you're after - more power to you - but I wouldn't count on much else.
But you blushing. That I would have like to see.
It's a daily occurrence - every time I laugh. A lot of guys like that (so I've been told) as not very many girls seem to blush anymore (so I've been told).