Day: August 1, 2012

Winner of Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 39

"It's on temporary loan!"

(by Melissa)


My original caption: "I told you it was one of da Vinci's earliest works."


Congratulations again, Melissa — this is your third win, so you are definitely one of the funniest people around!

It was a close call between Melissa's winning entry and "It's from Picasso's White and Cold period." (by Kelasher). I really liked them both.

Other captions that were under serious consideration:

"It's called 'A Study on the Impermanence of Art', and it only cost $1 million!" (by Jonathan Stein)

"It's Rodin's first attempt at 'The Thinker'." (by Cary Antebi)

I thought this drawing would generate lots of caption responses, but strangely enough, many people told me they studied it for a long, long time and came up with . . . absolutely nothing! So I'm still at a loss trying to figure out what kind of drawing will stimulate your funnybones. I can't imagine that a simple drawing, without any gimmicks, like of a husband talking to his wife, or a doctor talking to a patient, or a teacher talking to a student, would inspire anyone. But maybe I should give simplicity a try and see what happens.

I'll be thinking about that when I select the drawing for the next contest.

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