History buff: So, you’ve heard about the Boston Tea Party, right? So, what happened is this guy, Christopher Columbus, is sailing around looking for the West Indies but instead finds America. He goes back to mother England and tells them all about it, and mother England sends over all the prostitutes and criminals. So England forgets all about America, but when they check back in, all those criminals survived — they prospered — so mother England’s like, ‘You gotta pay taxes now.’ But the criminals say, ‘Hey, we didn’t ask to get sent here anyway. We’re not paying nothing.’ And that’s how it happened, son. You’ll learn about it in high school.
–F train, Brooklyn
Overheard by: baffled colonial historian
Loud hobo: Four score and seven years ago, there were no lesbians in this country.
–V platform, 52nd St
Overheard by: HelloClairice & Lara
History professor, about the textile ban in India: If you remember Gandhi the movie… or not just Gandhi the movie, but I guess Gandhi the man, too…
Overheard by: Katie
Queer: Yeah, I mean, the French Revolution was really… a great revolution. To have abolished laws against sodomy that early in history says something about the French.
Overheard by: Belinos
Highly-qualified History teacher: You mean, slavery ended in the late 19th century? I just told a kid that’s when it started!
–6 train, Harlem