South African man to friend: Lis­ten to what I just found out the oth­er day… my friend’s fam­i­ly owned Michael Jack­son’s fam­i­ly!

–NYU

Guy to friend (about a Hal­loween par­ty): Dude, it’s a to­tal­ly cor­po­rate made-up hol­i­day, but yeah, I’ll dress up as Michael Jack­son.

–Du­ane Reade, Union Square

Over­heard by: Traczie

Pro­fes­sor: It’s not as sim­ple as black and white any­more. I mean, what col­or is Tiger Woods? What col­or is Barack Oba­ma? What col­or is Michael Jack­son?

–His­to­ry of Amer­i­can Women Class, Pace Uni­ver­si­ty

Crazy hobo: This is the 2 Ex­press Train! (a few min­utes lat­er) God­dammit, I been wait­ing two hours for the train! Now I gonna be too late for my lunch with Michael Jack­son!

–66th Street Sub­way Plat­form

Over­heard by: Seth

Lit­tle kid to an­oth­er: You sick­en every­one! Even Michael Jack­son!

–161st St & 3rd Ave, The Bronx

Over­heard by: li’l squeak­er