Winner of Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 105

                                             “In the Beginning . . . “

“And Cush begat Nimrod . . . and Arphaxad begat Shelah . . . and Joktan begat                         Almodad, and Sheleph, and Hazarmaveth, and Jerah . . . “

                                     (both captions by Brendan Powers)


My original caption: “In the beginning . . . “


Spectacular work, Brendan Powers! Two great captions, and one of them an exact clone of my original caption from so many years ago! We never met, and I certainly don’t know how old you are, but it’s almost as if you were standing behind me, looking over my shoulder, when I drew this cartoon more than 60 years ago. Congratulations on your well-deserved fifth win — and also this makes for two in a row for you, since you won Contest No. 104. You are indeed one of the funniest people around.

There were lots of good captions to choose from. Here are the others that I was considering for top honors:

“Hail Mary’s just aren’t cutting it for me anymore. How about some Prozac?” (by John Platt)

“Bless me head-shrinker, for I have sinned.” (by Cary Antebi)

“Before I begin, a few announcements . . . ” (also by Brendan Powers)

“I think I’m a nun trapped in a preacher’s body!” (by Tim Collins)

“I think I’d feel more comfortable if we change places and you do all the confessing.” (also by Cary Antebi)


Thanks, captioneers, for all the submissions. Look for Contest No. 106 in just a couple of weeks.



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