When you live in a city, sometimes it's impossible to hide your ears from private conversations. A fittingly named Instagram account called Overheard New York joins Overheard L.A., documenting some of the funniest small talk examples to be said in the streets.

"It started out as an accident," the anonymous creator of the two accounts told VOGUE. He was sitting at Erewhon, a cult L.A. health market, when he couldn't avoid a "long and absurd conversation with loads of random funny questions between two girls" (it included vegan bistros, tanning, egg freezing, and pit bulls, all at the same time). After he posted the exchange on his personal Instagram page, it quickly became a hit among his contacts. Fast forward by a few similar posts and a screenwriter friend suggested he should create an individual account, dedicated to cataloging the eccentricities and stupid questions of L.A.'s population.

Eventually, the creator started taking conversation starter submissions via e-mail and direct messages. "We get about 100 submissions a day." After West Coast comedy account became viral, he started thinking about New York City. "I think people who follow the L.A. page see 10 percent of themselves, but it feels more like a fantasy land, whereas I think New York feels more real. I think it’s a little harsher; it has a little bit more of an attitude. I think you would read those posts and think they’re funny and relatable."

Scroll down to check out the funny questions and quotes, upvote your favorites and let us know if you think they represent the locals appropriately! And if you live in either of these cities, start conversations with care, because you might end up with this bunch!

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Kwaku
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3 years ago

hahahhahaaa this one got me!

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

*awkward silence*

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Hans
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3 years ago

Those guys are the most dangerous, actually!

John L
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3 years ago

Ain't that the truth!

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Kjorn
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3 years ago

that girl is a prey... that's dangerous

Alusair Alustriel
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3 years ago

He could mouth whatever, still wouldn't leave my drink to him >.>

Miss MonMon
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3 years ago

Serial killer.

Aqua Sky
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3 years ago

Beliebers are pretty dangerous people. They'll fricking do anything for JB.

Mar1a
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3 years ago

Gay Gay Gay~

Mayra Elkhattabi
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3 years ago

pretty sure he will turn out to be a serial killer

Frida Ohlson
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3 years ago

I like that guy

Sushi Smack
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3 years ago

ugh, i ditch him immediately. justin bieber. ew

inhighspeed
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2 years ago

I suppose the implication is that the guy is gay. The stereotyping is extremely offensive. Racist undertones are not acceptable yet everyone laughs at homophobia.

Holly Hobby
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3 years ago

Best one yet lol

Cherie O
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3 years ago

LOL

MagicalUnicorn
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3 years ago

too soon

Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

I am confused. Was that an insult or a compliment?

Clare E
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3 years ago

She thinks he's gay.

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Sable miner
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3 years ago

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Word? That's such a stupid saying but yeah if he knows those lyrics puss alert!

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MagicalUnicorn
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3 years ago

apply aloe on that burn, oh,wait.. too expensive

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Phil.
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3 years ago

I lost my faith in pigeons when I was three on the day a pigeon launched a missile attack on my ice cream right before a big lick.

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Sancha Fung
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3 years ago

Love this one! Next line: Oh, my plan failed.

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

Pretty fair question.

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GlassOfWater
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3 years ago

If he survived, then that is certainly worth celebrating

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

"Oh that. No idea."

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ukoms
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3 years ago

Meh... Not so drunk. On the other hand, if (s)he would by licence to WinRar...

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Perry Swift
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3 years ago

oh, if I ever go to NY again this is a no-brainer.

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Gayle Bynum Cardosa
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3 years ago

He's got a point

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Blue Cicada
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3 years ago

6'3" guy walks in to the aisle where I'm shopping, just as I finish using an extendable backscratcher to fish an item off the top shelf. He looks puzzled. I say, "Where were you two minutes ago?"

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Victor Calamity
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3 years ago

I've got news for you: if you're watching a couple break up, then you've got about a dozen cable channels

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Crazy Dog Lady
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3 years ago

Me too!

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

I so need such naps.

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Hamdhaan Hassan
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3 years ago

people who listen to music without headphones should not be allowed to go out in public

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Kari Scholl
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3 years ago

Awwwhh mannnn I was hoping I was gonna hear about the brit

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Maike
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3 years ago

most of the time your the one to know it last...

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Perry Swift
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3 years ago

That's poetry right there!

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Cheezees
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3 years ago

Hell works fine.

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Hamdhaan Hassan
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3 years ago

maybe he was a fashion critic, those guys sometimes have the homeless look with all the crappy trends they try on

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

So a street chicken.

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Emmer
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3 years ago

This is like every conversation in my highschool

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Stille20
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3 years ago

Clever but I fin people in New York don't have time for three sentences, hence the liberal use of the middle finger

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Csaba Hegedűs
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3 years ago

Consider me interested!

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Hamdhaan Hassan
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3 years ago

i guess you wouldn't be needing toilet papers for that

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

That's a neat trick.

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Alusair Alustriel
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3 years ago

Honesty ftw :D

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

Honest person.

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Nadine Ducca
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3 years ago

LOL! Totally something that would happen to my mom. Years ago, she was at a friend's house getting ready to go out somewhere and her friend was sitting on the couch. My mom went up to her and said "Come on! Get dressed! Put on some make up! Let's go!" and her friend said, "But I already got ready..."

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

How high that guy was?

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Mikleo
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3 years ago

Escape rooms are actually pretty fun. Just do it with people you don't hate.

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Mikleo
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3 years ago

Home is where the wine is cheaper.

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caleb
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3 years ago

i feel like this one might not be true or the mom was joking

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

Did they spell that wrong too?

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Tiny Dynamine
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3 years ago

What a good idea!

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Hamdhaan Hassan
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3 years ago

he can snapchat from Jail

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Kari Scholl
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3 years ago

If I were the person flicking the can I'd totally break into Hamilton

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Tiny Dynamine
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3 years ago

Come on, you shouldn't recycle condoms.

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Kjorn
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3 years ago

can't find another burn more savage than that

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Mikleo
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3 years ago

Aliens can find me by just knowing the planet, while pizza delivery doesn't even find me by knowing the address.

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Maike
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3 years ago

there literally is an app for this... sad but true

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Zenozenobee
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3 years ago

This a first time in my life that I regret not being stuck in a train...

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Jenn
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3 years ago

hahaha! must remember this one

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Mixedupste
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3 years ago

poor Dobby!

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Csaba Hegedűs
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3 years ago

Technically every land is an island.

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

Ahh. This explains a lot of things.

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Kari Scholl
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3 years ago

Or hell, whatever you want to call it

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Kate
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3 years ago

This is my favorite one

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Bag Of Donuts
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3 years ago

God loves you

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Jenny Jozwiak
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3 years ago

Bogus Groups!

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Stille20
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3 years ago

She sounds like the sulky teenager in every 80s movie

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Tiny Dynamine
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3 years ago

Do you mean it gets better than that? ;)

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Cecily C
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3 years ago

One time I was the only person in line waiting at a register, and there was no one there to check me out yet. A woman walks in the store and goes "where would I find applesauce?" I replied with "I don't know." she looked at me pretty weird for a sec and then realized I didn't work there.

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Anne Glassman
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3 years ago

Ok but I've always thought it's ridiculous for people who don't serve (or aren't hunting at that moment) to wear camouflage.

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Wanda Queen
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3 years ago

New York CITY, please, there is an entire state where the rest of us actually don't think we're superior.

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Mikleo
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3 years ago

That would be really awkward at a family dinner...

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Ian Langille
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3 years ago

Can't blame the drugs. That's what weak people do. Some of us can drink and get high and realize that you still have to act your age.

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Wanda Queen
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3 years ago

Asshole

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Emma B
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3 years ago

HA!

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Victor Calamity
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3 years ago

"NONE OF YOUR GOD-- Oh, she's four...isn't she precious?"

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Mixedupste
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3 years ago

A New Year contact cull is always good!

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