Overheard around NYU

Two things you should know that your history books don't teach you: Man in his early 40s approaching a small group of NYU students demonstrating against the inhumane conditions in Gaza: Excuse me, excuse me, I couldn't help but hear you shout long live Palestine.... Do you know the implications of that... Student:.... Man: Palestinians should go back to Saudi Arabia where they came from... Student:..... Man:.... Saying that Palestine should be freed and the palestinians returned to their "country" is like saying that India is British and the Indians should be kicked out of India so that the British can go back.
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Overheard in Cairo

Why Good Girls Shouldn't Travel On Their Own Girl 1: Oh! So how long will you be studying abroad? Girl 2: 5 years Girl 1: Wow! FIVE YEARS! that's too much Girl 2: Well, it's a PhD... you should apply too Girl 1: Umm, I don't know, i don't think my dad will approve of me travelling abroad on my own for so long Girl 2: why? Girl 1: You know, because of what people would say Girl 2: what would people say?!! Girl 1: You know, that "this is a girl who has been all on her own for so long"... "God knows what she has been doing out there"... you know stuff like that... Girl 2 (offended): Well only narrow and dirty minded people would think that way and i don't think any sensible person should listen to them Girl 1: I agree, but rumors of the sort can really affect one's chances of getting married and that is why my dad won't agree Girl 2: Well, you don't want to get married to a backward narrow minded retard, do you?
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Overheard in Cairo

The Phantom of the Egyptian National Archive College girl 1: You know, this place was built very long ago by one man who had many books. He was the only one who knew all its where abouts and when he died and new librarians took over strange things happened to any one who went to this very old section of the storage rooms down in the basement... College girl 2 (with fear in her voice): Really?! College girl 1: Yes, it was so scary down there no body ever went there again, they sealed the whole sectioin off... Overheard by: someone who has been wondering why half of the books she needs (which according to the index cards of the damn library are said to exist in the library storage shelves) are never found by the incompetent "librarians".
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إللي إختشوا ماتوا

مرة كنت راكبة مع سواق تاكسي عجوز شوية و كنا معديين من شارع مصدق. ولد صغير عنده 12 سنة كده وّقّف التاكسي عشان يعرف يعدي الشارع ف السواق وقفلوا.أتاري الولد كان بيعدي ببطء غريب عشان – معلش سامحوني ف اللفظ – البنطلون كان مدلدل حبتيين. بعدها بشوية لقيت الراجل بيقولي "إيه الموضة الغريبة دي؟ ده حته الواحد يختشي يبين الغيار بتاعه.مالهم منزلين البنطلون أوي كدة؟ هي الناس حصلها إيه؟ طيب لو إسرائيل ضربتنا هيحاربوا كده؟ طيب هيمسكوا البندقية ولا البنطلون؟؟؟؟؟؟؟؟؟"
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Overheard in Cairo

We All Support Polygamy Middle Aged Man: They want to introduce a law that would make polygamy illegal! Middle Aged Woman: What? That's against Sha... That just cannot be. There are eight girls for every one boy. What will happen to all the other girls then? Middle Aged Man: Eight girls for every boy? Middle Aged Woman: Yes, these are statistics. All men nowadays should be made to have more than one wife. Middle Aged Man: But women don't like to share their husbands with others Middle Aged Woman: They don't but they should. It's against the faith [to go against polygamy]. Middle Aged Man (after some thought and in an apologetic tone): Well, I don't mind marrying more than one woman but i can't afford it. If we have to, for the sake of the girls out there, then the government should support us financially.
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Overheard in Cairo

Nature and Nurture Again! Man pointing at a Goldi appliances maintenance car full of women: hahaha, never seen women working in maintenance. Girl: So what?! Man: that's a first... anyway, I don't think they really are in the maintenance line maybe they are just being given a ride back home Girl: what makes you so sure? Man: Because I have been to the Goldi factory before and only seen women in the production line Girl: well maybe they have hired some girls now Man: hahahaha, imagine calling your stove's maintenance center and instead of a man a woman knocks on the door. Girl: What is funny about that?! Man: It's weird, imagine a girl walking into the house with heavy equipment! Girl: Well, it might be weird now but with time it will become normal when we have more women working in maintenance. Man: I don't think so, I know women do a lot of things nowadays but God created men for hard work and women for tenderness and delicacy, we are disobeying God's laws nowadays.
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Overheard in Cairo

Iraqis in Egypt 57 year old taxi driver: The country is so crowded nowadays, we have so many Iraqis now, they are everywhere! Passenger: Yeah, but they are in a real bad situation, rabbena ma'ahom 57 year old taxi driver: True... did you know that they offer their daughters for marriage? Passenger: What? No! 57 year old taxi driver: They Do, because this way she can get legal residence here and her family would too by staying with her. Passenger: Oh! 57 year old taxi driver: Two offers were made to me. I told them I don't have the money to marry, they told me to just get an apartment and they will pay for everything else. Can you believe that?
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Overheard in Cairo

Democracy in Practice Graduate Student: I have always been a member of the Student Union in my university.... What would happen is that a month before the elections take place, the dean, the student affairs personnels and university security would meet up with last year's union and decide on who to hold which position in this year's union. After that the elections schedule would be announced and students would go vote for whoever they choose, however, we always won.
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Overheard in Cairo

Please God, I Wanna Get Home In One Piece, Make Them Both Shut Up  Taxi Driver playing real loud and real awful music while talking to somebody on the cell phone and not paying much attention to the road. Passenger (in a panicky voice): Yasta, Yasta (O Driver, O Driver) Taxi Driver: What? Passenger: Switch on to some Quran recital instead. Taxi Driver ignores him and continues talking on the phone. Passenger (again in panick): Yasta, Yasta, either switch to Quran or turn this thing off. Taxi Driver without answering him switches the radio off and continues talking on the phone while driving recklessly. Overheard by: The ignored passenger sweating in the back
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Overheard in Cairo

Head of Department Supports Student Activities TA: I want to photocopy this page for my class Guy responsible for the photocopy machine: How many copies do you want? TA: 35 Guy: (Points at an announcemement on the wall in which the head of the department bans students from photocopying student activity pamphlets) Sorry no can do. TA (angry): This is not a pamphlet, this is an exercise they have to do in class and I need it now! Guy: Well, then you'll have to wait till the head of the department arrives and write a paper to get permission from him and when he signs it you can come back and photocopy what you need. For the time being I can't make you more than 5 copies. These are his orders.
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Overheard In Cairo

Egyptians Discuss the Constitution Amendments Referendum Girl1: Voting? What Voting? Our votes have already been cast the day before yesterday when we were asleep! Girl2: Yeah, they are only waiting for the day to end to take those other boxes and throw the real ones away. Girl3: Anyway, the "Yes" percentage for every election and referendum we ever had has been decreasing, after decades of "99.9% say yes to the president" we had 80 something percent last election. I bet they will make the yes vote this time around 70%. Girl4: So what exactly is your problem with the amendments they are going to introduce? I don't get it! Overheard by: One of the Girls Cairo University
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Overheard in Cairo

I Was Hired to Preach Anti-Consumerism  Veiled customer: So how do you wear this Ezdal (a large veil that covers the body from head to toe and is pinned on to the top of the head)? Shop Assistant: Oh! It’s easy (takes it off and then puts it back on slowly to demonstrate how it is done). Veiled customer: Isn’t that too heavy to carry on your head, I mean isn’t it difficult to turn your head sideways? Shop Assistant: Well, at first I used to find it difficult to move my head but now I’m used to it, it takes a while but in the end you feel great wearing it. Veiled Customer: but why do you wear it? Shop Assistant: Well, I feel more psychologically comfortable and at peace with my self with it on (then with a laugh) and to be honest it is economical. All you have to do is buy one or two of them and then you never have to worry about what other clothes to buy or wear because nothing shows underneath! A women’s dress boutique, Haram St.
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