Winner of Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 102

                     “I can’t hear the news over your needlework, dear.”

                                          (by Brendan Powers)


My original caption: “Boy, what a pair of boobs!”


Cangrats, Brendan Powers! This is your third victory, so you can proudly boast that you have regained your title as one of the funniest people around.

Not too many captioneers this time around, once again. I think I’ll start calling the contest “Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest for Cary Antebi and Anyone Else Who Cares to Participate”. Okay, I won’t go that far, but what’s happening, anyway? This drawing should have generated loads of funny captions. What do I have to do, throw in a drawing of an octopus or a clown, like The New Yorker does for its contest?

Anyway, at least we can all agree that my original caption was by far the best of the lot. I still can’t understand why Hugh Hefner didn’t snap it up for Playboy when he had the chance (it’s too late now — Playboy has officially discontinued publishing cartoons).

These are the other captions that I was considering for top honors:

“Mable, I think it’s time we got a flat television . . . and have sex.” (by Cary Antebi)

“Molly, I told you not to embroider while I’m trying to concentrate on the nightly news. It turns me on!” (also by Cary Antebi)

“Yes, it’s true! They are saying that for the past five years they’ve made every single story up!” (by Bruce Morgenstern)


The new contest will start in about two weeks. I’m searching for my “Octopus” file right now.

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