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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Kwaku
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3 years ago

oooooohhhhhhhhhhh #busted!

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

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

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

That'd hurt

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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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Hans
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Misanthropy in combination with a lack of knowledge is very bad.

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

Pretty fair question.

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Christine K
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3 years ago

Oooh. I would love to join this party XD

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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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Tiny Dynamine
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3 years ago

I can hear the flesh sizzling.

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Hamdhaan Hassan
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3 years ago

nice

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GlassOfWater
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3 years ago

Lmao XD

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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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Aud Wey
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3 years ago

But what about a british b*tch??

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

hahahaha

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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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tweetybird
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3 years ago

this isn't just in New York

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Nash Nopper
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3 years ago

Berlin City Style

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Csaba Hegedűs
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3 years ago

Consider me interested!

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GlassOfWater
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3 years ago

Now that is just sad

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

That's a neat trick.

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Hamdhaan Hassan
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3 years ago

and thats why they were rated the worst airline

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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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Csaba Hegedűs
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3 years ago

"Yeah, I live in a bar."

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Tiny Dynamine
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3 years ago

A mother who has no concept of childhood. She was born aged 30.

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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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Zenozenobee
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3 years ago

Well, you can't stay with someone just because the sex is amazing. Unless, of course if all you do with him/her is sex. I'm sure (I really hope) that there are more "problems" than the recycling. If something easily fixable like recycling bugs you, I really hope you talk about it with your partner ;p

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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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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

Must be one of those Aliens shown in MiB movies series.

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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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Aud Wey
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3 years ago

I hate it too!

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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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Victor Calamity
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3 years ago

She could have stopped at "I have to go to New Jersey"

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GlassOfWater
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3 years ago

Omg XD

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Mixedupste
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3 years ago

Poor kid!! Loads of better places to hang out than a church!

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Pippa Runs
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3 years ago

Lol!

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Cheezees
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3 years ago

😂😂😂

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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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Nadine Ducca
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3 years ago

Hahaha! Happens to me more often that you'd expect!

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GlassOfWater
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3 years ago

(*≧∀≦*)

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Tiny Dynamine
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3 years ago

Capital city mentality when you're not even in a capital: arrogance squared

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

With these standards, we Indians do so many unimaginable things

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Waggsner
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3 years ago

This is what my dad would say

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Csaba Hegedűs
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3 years ago

Yay :D

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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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Stille20
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3 years ago

LOL, I have literally not ordered food before because I couldn't bring myself to say the name out loud.

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GlassOfWater
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3 years ago

That's really sad

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Mixedupste
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3 years ago

seriously!!!

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Mixedupste
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3 years ago

Special kind of simple right there

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frank0ys
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3 years ago

...Lol! Now that is something I will definitely say.

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