"If I told you that you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?"
Now that is clearly an awesome pickup line, and anybody who disagrees just doesn't understand romance.
Are there the equivalent of pickup lines that one ought to intersperse throughout one's cover letters? Little verbal hooks that will make the SC think that you are a driven researcher and an inspiring teacher? This will only be good for next year (or the VAP season), but would anybody care to share their best cover letter lines?
(I'd also be interested in hearing from members of SC's about the worst lines they've ever read.)