Cartoon Caption Contests

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 9


Here's the winning caption:

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"You see, the advertisement was not a mistake. This sedan does seat seven!"

My original caption:

"Good evening, sir -- please notice that there's plenty of room in here for a complete set of luggage . . . and how about this wear-resistant carpeting . . . ?"

So congratulations, Gary Z -- you're now officially one of the funniest people around!

Other captions I was considering for top honors: "Leave the light on when you shut the door!" (from Catherine Scheader), "So, what will it take to get YOU into this car today?" (from Kelasher) and "Who needs OnStar? For an extra $50 a month, you'll get me in the trunk with a map giving you directions." (from Levi).

By the way, why all this animosity toward mothers-in law? I thought that pretty much ended when Henny Youngman passed away.

I've already picked out the drawing for the next contest, and I promise it'll be much easier than this one.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 9


Cartoon Caption Contest No. 9 starts right now.

Briefly, here are the details:

I'll supply a drawing of one of my old cartoons that has never been published, leaving off my caption. You are invited to supply your funniest captions. Simply (1) click on 'Comments' underneath the current drawing. Then (2) scroll down past all the other comments and type in your name and your caption in the spaces provided. Then (3) enter the anti-spam security word that assures me that you're a human being and not a machine, and (4) click 'Submit'. There is no limit on the number of captions you can submit for each drawing.

Entries will be accepted and posted for one week for each contest, after which a winner will be announced and the winning caption will be printed. Below that I will also print my original caption.

The cut-off time and date for you to submit your captions is midnight, Tuesday July 20th. I will be the sole judge. The winning caption will be the one I judge to be the funniest one submitted (not necessarily the one that matches or comes closest to my original caption).

Additional rules and regulations, for those of you who need such things, can be found here.

Here's the new drawing. Good luck!

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Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 8


First of all, I now realize that I've painted myself into a corner with this contest. Every time I pick a winner, I make new enemies or, at the very least, lose a lot of good will. That's because all of you who participate are so positive that your caption is so much better than the winning caption, and let me know as much! I don't quite know how to solve this problem.

That being said, here's the winning caption:

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"These web startup company names are really getting ridiculous."

My original caption:

"I guess you could say he's sort of a crackpot's crackpot."

So congratulations, Caryn -- you are now officially one of the funniest people around.

I really liked the topical originality of Caryn's caption. Other entries that came close: Kelasher's "polly wolly doodle all the day", Frank's "a song you can understand" and Ed Smith's "Horace Heidt" and "the Andrews Sisters" (make up your mind, Ed -- who recorded it?).

To the rest of you -- please keep trying! New contest coming up shortly.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 8


Cartoon Caption Contest No. 8 starts right now.

Briefly, here are the details:

I'll supply a drawing of one of my old cartoons that has never been published, leaving off my caption. You are invited to supply your funniest captions. Simply (1) click on 'Comments' underneath the current drawing. Then (2) scroll down past all the other comments and type in your name and your caption in the spaces provided. Then (3) enter the anti-spam security word that assures me that you're a human being and not a machine, and (4) click 'Submit'. There is no limit on the number of captions you can submit for each drawing.

Entries will be accepted and posted for one week for each contest, after which a winner will be announced and the winning caption will be printed. Below that I will also print my original caption.

The cut-off time and date for you to submit your captions is midnight, Tuesday June 29th. I will be the sole judge. The winning caption will be the one I judge to be the funniest one submitted (not necessarily the one that matches or comes closest to my original caption).

Additional rules and regulations, for those of you who need such things, can be found here. New contests will appear at very irregular intervals in the future.

Here's the new drawing. Kids -- if you don't know what this is all about, ask your parents . . . or your grandparents. Everybody -- give it your best shot, and good luck!

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Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 7


So many great captions, so difficult to choose just one. Here it is:

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"So, am I kwazy?"

Congratulations, Kelasher! You're the funniest person around -- for the third time!

My original caption: "Exactly where did you get your degree?"

As I said, I considered my original caption (from about 35 years ago) to be pretty lame. But while you were all thinking up your captions, I played along and came up with these two new captions that I definitely consider prize-worthy:

1) "Tell me more about the Esperanto School of Medicine."

2) "Oh . . . I didn't realize you were home-schooled."

I know I can't declare myself the winner, but I really like both of them. What do you think?

So many great captions, but only one could win. Sorry it couldn't be yours.

Don't despair -- new contest will be up in a few weeks.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 7


Cartoon Caption Contest No. 7 starts right now.

Briefly, here are the details:

I'll supply a drawing of one of my old cartoons that has never been published, leaving off my caption. You are invited to supply your funniest captions. Simply (1) click on 'Comments' underneath the current drawing. Then (2) scroll down past all the other comments and type in your name and your caption in the spaces provided. Then (3) enter the anti-spam security word that assures me that you're a human being and not a machine, and (4) click 'Submit'. There is no limit on the number of captions you can submit for each drawing.

Entries will be accepted and posted for one week for each contest, after which a winner will be announced and the winning caption will be printed. Below that I will also print my original caption.

The cut-off time and date for you to submit your captions is midnight, Tuesday June 1st. I will be the sole judge. The winning caption will be the one I judge to be the funniest one submitted (not necessarily the one that matches or comes closest to my original caption).

Additional rules and regulations, for those of you who need such things, can be found here. New contests will appear at very irregular intervals in the future.

Here's the new drawing. You all seemed to have so much fun with Psychiatry in Contest No. 6, that I thought I'd stay with that subject. By the way, I consider my original caption for this particular unpublished cartoon to be pretty lame, so I'm sure most of you can top it. There's your challenge -- have a blast!

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Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 6


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"There's something bothering me, Doc. I think people are taking advantage of my blindness."

My original caption: "I know you said you'd be on vacation this week, Doctor, but a serious problem has come up . . . "

Congratulations, Daniel -- you're now officially one of the funniest people around!

As a mental exercise, I tried to improve your caption (for instance, I thought maybe it would be better without the first four words) -- but in the end I decided that your instincts were correct, and the caption is perfect as you wrote it.

As for the other entries (and once again I wish that you all could be winners), here are a few random comments:

I was intrigued by Sharon's "empty chair technique". Is there such a thing? If not, there certainly should be, and I'll bet some clever psychiatrist is working on it right now.

I laughed at Caryn's "Twitter followers", but then read the caption again and realized that it really didn't make too much sense and I was just laughing because "Twitter" is a funny word these days.

Other captions in contention: Sharon's "imaginary friends", Levi's "fear of abandonment", Leftie's "shy, but this is going a little too far", and Paul's "virtual reality".

Nice work, all of you. This should put Psychiatry back about 50 years.

New contest coming up soon.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 6


Cartoon Caption Contest No. 6 starts right now.

Briefly, here are the details:

I'll supply a drawing of one of my old cartoons that has never been published, leaving off my caption. You are invited to supply your funniest captions. Simply (1) click on 'Comments' underneath the current drawing. Then (2) scroll down past all the other comments and type in your name and your caption in the spaces provided. Then (3) enter the anti-spam security word that assures me that you're a human being and not a machine, and (4) click 'Submit'. There is no limit on the number of captions you can submit for each drawing.

Entries will be accepted and posted for one week for each contest, after which a winner will be announced and the winning caption will be printed. Below that I will also print my original caption.

The cut-off time and date for you to submit your captions is midnight, Tuesday May 11th. I will be the sole judge. The winning caption will be the one I judge to be the funniest one submitted (not necessarily the one that matches or comes closest to my original caption).

Additional rules and regulations, for those of you who need such things, can be found here. New contests will appear at very irregular intervals in the future.

Here's the new drawing. I expect some creative captions -- but mainly, have fun with it!

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Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 5


Again, just a small number of entries, which makes my job as judge that much easier.

To me, there was one outstanding caption, and here it is:

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"I see Hugh Jackman playing me in the mini-series."

My original caption: "What are you doing after the flood?"

So congratulations again, Kelasher (you were a co-winner in Contest No. 2). It must be great to know that once more you are one of the funniest people around.

I must say that I was sorely tempted by the very first caption submitted (by Caryn) about "buy one, get one free". Highly imaginative. Likewise, I greatly appreciated Gary's "brontosaurus burger" effort, Jonathan's "God would have given you longer trunks" bid, and even Leftie's reference to the "roofer".

I wish you all could have been winners.

The next contest will be in a few weeks, and I'm going to make it even easier for you caption writers. It's going to be a good ol' psychiatrist cartoon. If that doesn't get your creative juices flowing, I don't know what will.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 5


Cartoon Caption Contest No. 5 begins right now.

Briefly, here are the details:

I'll supply a drawing of one of my old cartoons that has never been published, leaving off my caption. You are invited to supply your funniest captions. Simply (1) click on 'Comments' underneath the current drawing. Then (2) scroll down past all the other comments and type in your name and your caption in the spaces provided. Then (3) enter the anti-spam security word that assures me that you're a human being and not a machine, and (4) click 'Submit'. There is no limit on the number of captions you can submit for each drawing.

Entries will be accepted and posted for one week for each contest, after which a winner will be announced and the winning caption will be printed. Below that I will also print my original caption.

The cut-off time and date for you to submit your captions is midnight, Tuesday April 20th.

I will be the sole judge. The winning caption will be the one I judge to be the funniest one submitted (not necessarily the one that matches or comes closest to my original caption).

Additional rules and regulations, for those of you who need such things, can be found here. New contests will appear at very irregular intervals in the future.

My cartoon drawing for the last contest apparently left many of you speechless, so I chose a simple, no-nonsense drawing this time, with lots of caption possibilities. Here it is . . . have fun!

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