Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 21

Cartoon Caption Contest No. 21 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, 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 for this contest is midnight, Tuesday, April 19, 2011.

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.

I'll make it real easy for you caption-writers this time — here's the new drawing:



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    It says “If you find this note in the bottle you are probably marooned on a tiny island somewhere.”

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    “We’ve been evicted.”
    “Dear Occupant…”
    “Looks like our taxes are due.”
    “Your ex-wife is looking for her alimony payment.”

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    They say that the cost of maintaining this island is going up. They would like us to forward a check by placing it in the bottle they provided to us.

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    “Wow, it says, ‘Hold on, we’re coming.’ Wait…it’s a message from the Carpathia to the Titanic.”

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    It’s from Jeff Probst. He says you were supposed to go to Redemption Island, not Reclusive Island.

  6. comment title
    ” Now we’re in deep trouble. It’s a turn-off notice from the electric company.”

  7. comment title
    It’s from Eli who does that cartoon caption contest. He says please resubmit your entry; it got a little wet.

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    1. ” You think it’s been rough until now? They’re cancelling our Sunday New York Times subscription?”
    2. “Hey, this one sounds good…two tanning sessions for the price of one.”
    3. “It’s a message from the Titanic . They’ll be passing by here to save us, on their maiden voyage.”
    4. “It’s an answer to a message we sent five years ago, asking for wood to build a boat. They want to know if we want pine or oak.”
    5. “It’s from a Nigerian government official informing us he has millions of dollars to transfer to us.”

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    It looks like we’re marooned and doomed….it’s our note that we sent out two years ago!!!!

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    (Note: Here’s a few “in” jokes for Eli and his fans.)
    1. “Eli says it’s your 5th win and you definitely are one of the funniest people NOT around.”
    2. ” Nuts, New Yorker Magazine will no longer accept captions from Quebec and our island!”
    3. “Eli says he’s sorry he placed us in such a difficult location but the next one will much easier.”
    4. “It’s a rejection from Eli. You spelled the security word ‘antidisestablishmentarianism’ wrong.”
    5. “Eli says he likes your 100 entries each week but asks, ‘ Don’t you have anything better to do with your life?”‘ (note: As I’m sure Matt rightfully wonders about me!)

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    1. “They lost our luggage.
    2. ” I wrote, ‘Come quickly, he’s beginning to look like a stuffed turkey to me, and I a roast pig to him.”‘
    3. “Our message was returned due to insufficient postage.”
    4. “It’s from the sharks. They want to invite us for dinner.”

  12. It says “Your fishing licence
    It says “Your fishing licence has expired. Please forward a cheque for £25 using the bottle provided, before you can start fishing again.”

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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).