January 14, 2005

My new addiction

(It must be like crack. It took me literally 3 seconds to get addicted to this blog):

Overheard in New York

Here's just one example of what you might find there:

Overheard at the Union Square station. A woman stands at the top of the stairway, blocking the way down. A guy behind her says, "Lady, if you gotta be fat AND slow, could you do it in fronna somebody else?"

And so an addiction is born.

(via whiskypants)

Posted by sheila
Comments

"an addiction is born"?... hmmm.. I've got the feeling that addiction was bubbling away already, all that was missing was a regular supply. Seems like I remember a New Year post on just such an overhead snippet?

Posted by: peteb at January 14, 2005 01:31 PM

Well, yes, I have a couple of those ... one of the other ones was something like:

"No, no, no NO - THE BEST 70s trucker movie was ..."

Sadly, I did not hear the verdict.

This new site takes submissions. I am TOTALLY going to participate. The things you hear!!!

Posted by: red at January 14, 2005 01:36 PM

You've got to send the "No thanks" snippet.. they'll love it.

Posted by: peteb at January 14, 2005 01:40 PM

Sadly, though, that was "overheard in New Jersey". But ... I could lie. Who would fact-check it??

Posted by: red at January 14, 2005 01:44 PM

That is pretty funny. Looking through the archives you gotta love this one:

Student #1: Next question.
Student #2: Of the Federalist writers, who was the most suspicious of majority rule?
Student #1: Hamilton, right? He had the toughest stand on public rule.
Student #3: Wasn't so tough against Raymond Burr.
Student #2: What?
Student #3: You know. The dude who shot him.
Student #1: Aaron. Aaron Burr. Dumb fuck.

--4 train

Posted by: Curtis at January 14, 2005 01:44 PM

HAHAHAHA

Raymond Burr!! LOVE that.

Posted by: red at January 14, 2005 01:45 PM

And of COURSE that conversation would take place on the 4 train. Makes total sense. That would NEVER happen on the 1 or the 9.

Posted by: red at January 14, 2005 01:46 PM

I like this one:

Chick: I think it's sexy that he went to art school.

Her two friends start laughing immediately.

-- Soho

Posted by: red at January 14, 2005 01:48 PM

And this:

Woman on phone: No my nose isn't big by New York standards, but in Texas it's huge.

Posted by: red at January 14, 2005 01:50 PM

See, I TOLD you everything is bigger in Texas!!!

Posted by: DeAnna at January 14, 2005 01:57 PM

Did you ever see that Lewis Black stand-up routine where he talks about the time he was at an IHOP and he overheard a woman say "If it hadn't been for my horse, I would never have spent that year in college"?

Posted by: Emily at January 14, 2005 01:58 PM

Who could fact-check it???

Posted by: peteb at January 14, 2005 02:01 PM

Emily -

HAHAHAHAHA what?????

Posted by: red at January 14, 2005 02:01 PM

peteb:

I am way too honest. I know. It's a fault.

I would LIE about where I overheard that funny thing, and then would ... need to go to confession or something.

Like I said. Honesty to this degree is a fault.

Posted by: red at January 14, 2005 02:02 PM

Emily -

I'm still reeling.

If it hadn't been for my horse???? What??

Posted by: red at January 14, 2005 02:05 PM

You know how tense Lewis Black is, right? During the routine he even stopped to say "now, let me repeat that for you..."

Posted by: Emily at January 14, 2005 02:11 PM

HAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: red at January 14, 2005 02:12 PM

I say lie.. and then find that curling iron, Sheila.

Posted by: peteb at January 14, 2005 02:15 PM

Dammit Sheila! I've spent the last HOUR reading this website while AT WORK! LOL

My current favorite:

"Chick: ...and the next thing I knew, I kicked her ass three times."

How can the "next thing you know" you've kicked someone's ass three times???
Too funny!

Posted by: DeAnna at January 14, 2005 02:26 PM

HAHAHAHA

I like the one that's something like:

"Greg. You know. Greg. He was, like, front and center when my pants caught on fire."

Posted by: red at January 14, 2005 02:27 PM

Yeah, really:

"next thing you know ..."

Like - it happened by accident.

Posted by: red at January 14, 2005 02:28 PM

One from their extensive archives:

Teenage girl #1: What are you talking about? I hate so many people!
Teenage girl #2: No you don't!
Teenage girl #1: Yes I do!
Teenage girl #2: I always talk about how much I hate Tom and you--
Teenage girl #1: Oh, I don't hate people I know. I only hate celebrities.

Ouch.

Posted by: peteb at January 14, 2005 02:49 PM

A man throws a paper coffee cup on the ground, walks a few steps, then shouts: Clean that shit up!

--45th & 6th

That one from their "insane" NY stuff part made me snort. I bookmarked the site now too.

Posted by: Popskull at January 15, 2005 03:13 PM

My GOODNESS!! The bacstory that's implied from these random lines is incredible. I love the one with the bag lady that walks up to the guy at random saying 'You gotta stop Lying to people.'

That's terrifying. This is an addictive site.

Posted by: Wutzizname at January 17, 2005 01:19 PM

I don't see it listed in the comments. but there's this one too.

http://www.overheardintheoffice.com/

"Customer: So where in the instruction manual does it tell me to save the receipt?
Customer Service Rep.: You're kidding me, right? You mean to say that you have to be told to save your receipt?
Customer: Yes, I do.
Customer Service Rep.: So, if you were to go out and buy a roll of toilet paper, it would have to say "Tear here, wipe there" or else you wouldn't know how to use it? Because both are pretty much common sense, sir."

Posted by: Wutzizname at January 17, 2005 01:37 PM