Winner of Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 89

    “You’ve got a bad attitude, Johnson! One more missed sale and you’re fired!”

                                                 (by John Platt)


My original caption: “Whitmore, you are incompetent and untrustworthy — you’re fired!”


Congratulations once again, John Platt. For the eleventh time, you’ve come up with the winning caption! You are undoubtedly one of the funniest people around (and your caption is incredibly close to my original one, from over 60 years ago).

There were very few captions to choose from this time — I guess my drawing stumped most of you. Anyway, these were the other entries that I was contemplating for top honors:

“I’M not doing it!” (by Kelasher)

“I can’t run this section myself — I need help.” (By Howard Garrett)

“How can’t I help you?” (by Brendan Powers)

One more note: Levi’s caption, “What a misunderstanding!” was not a serious entry. You know, I hope, that my cartoon caption contest is very loosely based on The New Yorker’s famous cartoon caption contest, which has been appearing on the last page of every issue for many, many years. Well, last week Levi let me know about a blogsite that puts forward the proposition that the caption “What a misunderstanding!” is the funniest and most appropriate caption for each and every one of The New Yorker contests. It’s an intriguing idea: ONE CAPTION FITS ALL! Check out the blogsite here:

You’ll soon realize, like I did, that “What a misunderstanding!” actually makes you laugh quite a bit when it’s applied to many of The New Yorker drawings.

Just thought you’d like to know.

MY new contest will be up shortly — I hope it generates more entries than this last contest did.

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