Winner of Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 117

     “The only upside I can see is, they won’t let me come back till you sign it!”

                                                (by Tim Collins)


My original caption: “It’s a basic law of genetics — a certain percentage of high achievers are bound to have some offspring who are low achievers.”


Congratulations, Tim Collins, this is a strong second win for you! Once again you can bask in the spotlight of knowing that you are one of the funniest people around.

Here are the other entries that I was seriously considering:

“What do you expect, the apple does not fall far from the tree.” (by Diane)

“Overall, I gave the school a C, plus two gold stars.” (by Jonathan Stein)

“What do you mean, you’re distancing yourself from me?” (by Richard Wolf)

“It’s not like the old days . . . I can still be president one day.” (by Cary Antebi)

“Make up your mind, whose son am I today?” (also by Cary Antebi)

“My teacher would like to know what you people are doing wrong.” (by Mel Tannenbaum)

“I’m sorry if I’m disappointing you, mom. I’m just trying to be like dad.” (by c)

And of course Tim Collins gets a special “honorable mention” for his “Not to worry Ma, if this school thing don’t work out, I’m thinking of becoming a cartoon caption writer!” (it’s not a commercially-viable caption, but it got a smile out of me anyway).

Thanks for all the captions — a new contest will be up in just a couple of weeks.



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