Friday, September 5th, 2008
The effects of overhearing a random piece of conversation can be dumbfounding. Comedian Lewis Black made this point in his bit about overhearing a woman say, “If it weren’t for my horse, I never would have spent that year in college,” where he proposes his theory that hearing something that stupid out of context could cause a brain aneurysm. Overheard in New York is a website that exists for the sole purpose of sharing similarly unforgettable pieces of conversation.
New Yorkers are constantly surrounded by people who are talking (to each other, to cell phones, and to themselves). This kind of living situation makes it nearly impossible avoid overhearing some pretty interesting things throughout the course of the day. Overheard in NY provides the public with a forum for sharing these pieces of conversational gold, such as the following:
Teen girl #1: I’m done with you. I hate you. I hope DJ Spinbad performs at the sweet 16 you’re going to tomorrow!
Teen girl #2: Ohh you take that back. Take it back!
It makes you wonder-what’s so bad about DJ Spinbad? Could he or she really single-handedly ruin a sweet 16? You find yourself asking these types of questions when reading even the most inane posts on Overheard in NY, proving that even the most ridiculous pieces of conversation, taken out of context, can be thought-provoking in their own right.
Like other SMITH favorites, Found Magazine and Written On The City, Overheard in NY relies on it’s readers to keep the site active by regularly submitting the crazy things they overhear. Non-New Yorkers can get in on the action by sharing things they overhear to Overheard Everywhere, Overheard in the Office and Overheard at the Beach. However, when doing so I think it’s important to take Lewis’s medical advice under advisement:
“Don’t think about that sentence for more than three minutes, or blood’ll shoot out your nose.”