Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 4

Well, I've been on vacation and away from my home computer for about a month. Hope you didn't notice, as I kept up regular postings to my archives while I was away.

But now that I'm back, I'm definitely ready to tackle another Cartoon Caption Contest. It starts right now.

You can click here for full rules and regulations, but briefly, here they are:

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.

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).

New contests will appear at very irregular intervals in the future.

Hope you all have fun with this one!



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    He keeps putting his drink requests in that box. I don’t understand why he just doesn’t tell me what he wants.

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    “yeah, tenant 4 will take an order of mozzarella sticks, a vodka martini…. and new toner for his printer.”

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    Hey, I’d rather this guy than all the jerks with their beeping laptops and noisy cellphones.

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    I missed the deadline. Maybe you could mention the cutoff date in your invitation to participate.
    I was stumped originally, but looking at it later, I was going to submit a couple of things:
    1 – He was laid off six months ago, but still can’t believe it.
    2 – He was laid off six months ago, but he said he’d wait for his recall notice here.
    3 – He’s out of work, but feels his best job stimulus is Cutty Sark.
    4 – He says he’s doing it to claim an income tax deduction.
    5 – He’s out of a job, but says he’s expecting a call from Tim Geithner.
    I could do a few more riffs about Obama economics, etc., but I’d only be trying your patience and goodwill.
    Ed Smith

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    Good idea about the cut-off date, Ed, and I’m going to include a date and time in the future.
    I liked most of your captions, especially the “recall notice” and the “income tax deduction”.
    Thanks — and no more sleeping at the switch, please.

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Welcome to the Eli Stein Cartoon archive. To begin, read my introduction and personal notes, and then please look at the cartoons, which are categorized by either decade, publication name or topic. I’ve included some personal comments, memories and photos below many of the cartoons. I’ll be adding cartoons, memories and photos ad infinitum. Remember, your comments are appreciated (just click on the “comment” link at the bottom of each post).