Friday, April 30, 2010

Don't Tell Snooki

Overheard on the street, from a fighting couple:

Man: "I guess you picked the wrong night to not be in New Jersey."

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Um, Mom? Can't You See I'm Talking to Hudson and Sterling?

Overheard: in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

"Dashiell, say goodbye to Porter!"

Can Health Care Reform Fix This?

Overheard: At the doctor's office

By: Lisa Bonchek Adams

Woman in front of me at blood draw is asked for her doctor's name.

"Smith," she says.

Tech: "First name?"

Woman: "Doctor."

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Maybe It's Time for "Disney on Ice," Then

Overheard at: Disney's Animal Kingdom

By: Matt Mendelsohn

"I don't wannnnnnna go to Africa. It's tooooooo hot there."

And Her Favorite Food is...Yellow!

Overheard: At preschool

By: Sara Doty Kamholz

Teacher: What's your favorite color?
Child: Cheese!

Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee...

Ali In Vegas

Overheard: At Penn Station pizza place 9:15 p.m.

By: Bruce Fretts

Woman: I work in licensing with Muhammad Ali, which is pretty cool. He's kind of a badass.

Man: Well, not anymore...

Woman: Yeah, the Parkinson's doesn't really work with the brand.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Like, OMG! Zach! He's, Like, TOTALLY CRAZY!

Overheard: On the 12:34 a.m. NJ Transit Train from Penn Station to Dover

By: Bruce Fretts

Seton Hall sorority girl: "Guess who crashed our formal last night? Zach. I was like, 'Who are you here with?' and he was like, 'Nobody.'"

Friday, April 23, 2010

Well, That Typically Depends on the Occasion

Overheard at: Old Navy

By: Lisa Bonchek Adams (Ringing our ceremonial bell for our first repeat contributor!

"Do you want to buy the ones that fit or the ones that don't?"

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Pssst! Mom! Santa's a Fake, Too

Earth Day, part II

Overheard: In coffee shop line, during thunderstorm. (Again with the coffee shops!)

By: Marilyn Pollack Naron

Mom to little boy: "Mother Nature is crying on Earth Day."

Boy: "I think it's just raining."

Doh! And I Forgot to Send a Card!

Overheard: In Starbucks (I'm sensing a theme here, btw.)

By: Jodi Sternoff Cohen

4 year old boy: "Mommy, tomorrow's a big holiday. It's Earth Day."

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

She Was Afraid to Turn Around

Overheard: on the bus today.

By: Katie Anderson

The man behind me said, "Ahh, nothing like sending a good naked tweet."

Hard to Say Who's Qualified to Make a Ruling Here

1953:  An elderly man and woman pose while eating from opposite sides of the same donut, during a Donut Dunking Association meeting. They have a plate of donuts and two cups of coffee.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Overheard at: Starbucks last Sunday

By: Lisa Bonchek Adams

One old man to another old man: "Do I look like a sugar daddy?"

(BTW, three postings since we started last night and two of them are conversations between old men? What gives here?)

And You're One to Talk?

Overheard: On the Avenue in Hampden, Baltimore city.

Tank-top clad full-on hon, shrieking: "Oh yeah?! Well that's why you can't KEEP A MAN!"

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Our very first official entry

Overheard at: The library

By: Jana Chapman Gates

Two elderly men, sitting side-by-side in overstuffed chairs:

"She was the best bartender ever."

"And then what happened?"

"She just dropped dead."


Ten years ago I had what I thought was a great idea: a book of overheard conversation. Just funny snippets of things overheard on planes and in elevators and bars and from passersby on the street. I pictured it as one of those little stocking stuffer gift books, the kind you find in the front of the bookstore, next to those compilations of inspirational quotes about sisters and cats. I remember telling my husband about it on one of our first dates. You know, to show him how cool I was and all.

My agent at the time was meh, at best. So I promptly forgot all about it. Married the husband. Had two kids and all that.

But leave it to Twitter, right?

This weekend Paul Campanella posted two gems he overheard in Concourse D of the Atlanta airport: "I love me some damn babies," and "My parents' house in New Jersey is 56,000 sq feet."

And then today, Judy Clement Wall chimed in with something she'd overheard: "My life is the bastard child of Groundhog Day and Kafka."

In journalism, we like to say that three things make a trend. So this, my friends, is a trend. And, because it's 2010, what else does one do, but start a blog?

So welcome to "Overheard..." You can share any gems you hear with me at And tell me where you heard it and, if you like, your name and website.

Can't wait to hear what you've heard.