As the line goes, in the big city there's a million stories. And with them a million opening lines. Overheard in Chicago is trying to catalogue them all. Sample:
At the Mexican Rally on Adams and Dearborn
(Hundreds of people waving Mexican flags)
Bike Messenger: "What's going on over there?"
Onlooker: "I think it's a lawn mower sale."
North & Clybourn Red Line Stop
Bum: "Can you help me?"
Bum: "You look Jewish."
Guy: "No, I'm Atheist actually."
Bum: "Oh, so that's why you won't help me."
In front of the Sears Tower
Homeless Man: "Please help the hungry."
(woman hands man a sandwich)
Homeless Man: "Thank you very much...wait, is this a ham sandwich? How do you know I'm not a practicing Jew?"
On the South Shore
Lady On Cell: "Hi sweetie, how was school?"(listening) "What do you mean you lost your pants?"
At the University of Chicago
Guy: "I realize you're an economist, but as a human being don't you have any morals?"
(Father with his daughter on the train)
Daughter: "When we get home can mama read me a book?"
Father: "Why can't I read you a book?"
Daughter: "You never read to me. Mommy says it's 'cause you're retarded."
LINKS: Overheard in Chicago - [Hat tip Spitting Lama]