Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Now I want a derby party.

Student 1: Speaking of Kentucky, you know what's this weekend?
Student 2: The derby! We should have a derby party. It's such an unfortunate time of year for the derby.
Student 1: The only thing [other student] remembers about the derby party a few years ago was drinking a lot of mint juleps and standing on a table in Niebuhr hall singing with [another student].

Overheard at: Commuter Lounge

Monday, April 28, 2008

Just as long as I'm not up for surgery next

Yale div grad: YDS is a hospital where the patients practice on each other.

Overheard from: Three White Leopards

Can't say that I have

Student: You ever drink Dimetapp... Just for fun?

Overheard at: Anna Liffey's

Sunday, April 27, 2008

That'd be a good place to start

Student: She was an evangelical, and weirdly apologetic for it... although with good reason... And then she wanted me to help introduce queer theory into her evangelical church, but I thought it'd help if most of the people in her church didn't think that people who had gay sex were going to burn in hell.

What a study session

Student 1: If you can explain the supernatural existential in five minutes or so, without going off on any tangents, that'd be great.
Student 2: I'll see what I can do.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Kinda meta

Dale Peterson: You know this is all going to end up on Overheard at YDS or on Facebook anyway.

Overheard at: Spring Fling

Friday, April 25, 2008

Still could be a favorite.

Student 1: Today was a really good chapel.
Student 2: Yeah, I really liked it.
Student 3: My favorite.
Student 1: You weren't even there!

Overheard: on Quad

Thursday, April 24, 2008

A Poetic Definition of Theology

Denys Turner: God utters. We stutters.

Overheard in: Medieval Theology

Oh, the disappointment.

2nd Career Female Student to 2nd career Male Student: I have to ditch you for the Spring Fling... you'll have to hang out with your wife!

Over heard in: the refectory

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Wait! There's one in the back!

(while watching the United Methodist Conference opening ceremonies)

Student: There are so many white men on that stage. Wait! I see a woman bishop! Two! Three!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Third year MDiv: Hey, this is my last class at YDS ever. (pause) Ever! (pause, more excited) EVER! EVER!!!

Overheard at: Theology and Cinema

Beam me up, Jesus

(during fire alarm)
Student: Maybe Jesus wanted to get everyone in one place to make the rapture easier.

Overheard at: Quad

Monday, April 21, 2008

Just reading...

Girl (on phone): So what were you doing last night while I lost my virginity?

Overheard at: HGS

Woah, woah.

Student: I loved Dr. Ruth! She was exactly like my grandmother.
Dale Peterson: Yeah, but my grandmother didn't tell me to take a full length mirror and look at myself.

Overheard at: Commuter Lounge

Your inner thoughts are coming out of your mouth - censor yourself.

(walking out of class)
2nd career student: Oh my god - boring! Pfffw.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

(Div School) Idolize this!

Laura Bentivenga: I know some of you will be moved personally tonight, but there will be no "hmmm..." (tilts head and looks off thoughtfully).


(Lost verses of "Give Me That Old Time Religion")
Jonah Bartlett: Can you sing that last verse?
Contestant (singing): We'll sacrifice no virgins/just control your carnal urges/and it's good enough for me.
Jonah Bartlett: Ok, just wanted to make sure that I was safe.

(On the Sacramental Winers and their lovely dresses)
Jonah Bartlett: I didn't know I'd be seeing all my favorite Disney Princesses here tonight!

Overheard at: Div School Idol

I hope it's just a 2nd career thing

2nd career student: ...It's like I'm not even connected to my own brain, and that's VERY scary...

Overheard at: hallway

Sounds too scary for me

Student: Hey! How are you today?
Adela Collins, smiling cheerfully and somewhat mischievously: I have apocalyptic visions dancing in my head! I hope you do to!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Well, Jesus loves the ugly people. So there.

Girl: Ugh, there were so many ugly people there. I hate ugly people.

Overheard at: HGS

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Imagine the excitement for turnips

Student 1: Guess what I have for you?
Student 2: (looks in bag) Red cabbage! Helllll yeah, bitch!

Overheard at: hallway

Ernestine's wisdom

Ernestine: If you don't want bad breath, gargle with peroxide.
Refectory worker: Can you do that without dying?

Overheard at: Refectory

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Mixed metaphors rule

Supervisor: Well, why didn't you merge the documents?

Sleepy Student: Uhhhhh, I could've couldn't I? Well, I'm running on 5 hours of sleep so I'm not the the sharpest knife in the, uh...

Supervisor: In the crayon box?

Overheard: YDS hallway

Not in Good Burger, the best Nickelodeon movie ever.

Carolyn Sharp: Food itself can be erotic. We've all seen the movies, I'm sure.

Overheard at: Psalms of Asaph

Monday, April 14, 2008

Make sure you sneak off... no killing right here.

Student: I want to be an assassin in a secret double life. I'm a very monogomous person so I could never cheat on my wife, but I'd like to sneak off and kill people.

Where can I get one?

Student: I was like... whatever, I'm single. Whooo! (muffled conversation) I have a European entourage.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Shake them even if you don't

Student: If you've got tits, shake 'em!

Overheard at: Eat, Drink and Be Married dance party (emphasis on the drink part...)

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Same shit, different millennium

(talking about Commentators musing about the absence of Baal in Kings 18:27)

Vicky Hoffer (VHoff): Because of the language here, some commentators have suggested that Baal is passing a bowel movement.

(Student 1 and 2 whisper something to each other and giggle)

Vicky Hoffer: No, I'm serious, people actually say this, it's not just me.

Student 1: No, I'm laughing at Student 2. He just punned, "Like a 'Ba'al' movement."

Overheard in: Hebrew

So many metaphors.

Andre Willis: You have to prepare for arguments. That's why you have to sharpen your tools, prepare your arsenal. There's a premise, there's a premise, there's a premise. BAM! Checkmate your ass!

How many ways can I say not classroom appropriate?

Student: When I hear Between the Sheets, I'm not thinking about God.
Andre Willis: (pause) Well, what are you thinking about then?

Overheard in: Christianity and Culture

When soccer and theology meet

Student 1: Yeah... I'm apaphatic to Chelsea...
Student 2: (pause)... so you're not Chelsea?
Student 1: Hmmmm... I could be...

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

There's plenty of ministerial opportunities for inanimate congregations, right?

Person: Some people are just more suited for ministry to inanimate objects.

Overheard at: Preventing Ministerial Sexual Misconduct

I'm with Jesus... The Cubs suck.

Student 1: Who doesn't like the Cubs?

Student 2: The Cardinals. The White Sox.

Student 3: Jesus!

Student 2: You make a good point there.

Overheard at: the Refectory

Monday, April 7, 2008

I didn't know Dallas was that great.

Person: I've never been to Dallas.

Leander Keck: Well, then you have something to live for.

But I heard beer was better than theology...

Student 1: Lend me your ID so I can check out this book.

Student 2: No, man.

Student 1: That's not very pastoral of you.

Student 2: I'm not a pastor. I'm a theologian. We're cold and callous. Drinking is second.

Overheard at: the library

Well said.

Denys Turner: [long pause, staring out the window] Oh, lovely, lovely sins.

Overheard at: Medieval Theology

Thursday, April 3, 2008

There's quite a jump from Cash to Kierkegaard

Student: There's ambiguity in U2 and I like that, like in listening to Johnny Cash or reading Kierkegaard...

Overheard in: Christanity and Culture

Never said you didn't, either.

Andre Willis: I can't put the music up tonight since I got something until 9:30.
Student: You go to church? Aw!
Andre Willis: Nah, I never said I go to church!

Overheard at: Christianity and Culture

Aw, don't be so hard on yourself

Student: I don't have an opinion on myself. The only opinion that counts is Jesus! And Jesus hates me.

Overheard at: Common Room

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

My mantra

Student 1: I go to Yale, I go to Yale...
Student 2: What are you doing?
Student 1: Whenever I do something ridiculous, I like to remind myself of the things I've accomplished.

More from the Gospel of Denys Turner

Denys Turner: By the way, I didn't just say, "I love you." I quoted myself saying it. Of course there's not really that disengagement from practice, because I do….

Overheard: in Medieval Theology

Denys Turner: Kant, in the third Critique, wrote that music was lowest of all the arts because it is farthest away from the verbal. Damn him!

Overheard: in Medieval Theology

Definitely defeats the purpose.

Student (reading book title): Explanation of the Divine Mysteries... Kinda defeats the purpose, don't you think?

Been objectified much?

(during a discussion on the male gaze)

Male student: What's so bad about being looked at?
(Female students laugh)

Overheard in: Film class

Almond jerky isn't that bad

Student 1: Have you had almond jerky?

Student 2: What kind of wuss eats almond jerky?

Student 3: Ooooooooh. Owned!