“I meant please don’t ask any!”
(by Rich Wolf)
My original caption: “But, sir, all I said was ‘How do you do?’!”
Nice going, Rich Wolf — it’s a first win for you! You now join the ranks of one of the funniest people around. Congratulations!
I honestly feel that my original caption from many, many decades ago, as shown above, is funnier than any of the captions submitted by you captioneers. But what do I know? Scores of Cartoon Editors rejected my cartoon over the years. As I say in the rules of this contest, it was never bought or printed, by even the lowest publication. So who’s right — me or them?
Here are the other captions I was seriously considering for top honors:
“I assure you everyone will ask that, Mr. Schemiel.” (by Brendan Gannon — by the way, Brendan, I believe that name should rightly be “Schlemiel”)
“No, the sign means, don’t you ask any embarrassing questions!” (by Tim Collins — a caption that was very similar to Rich Wolf’s, but I thought Wolf’s wording was funnier)
“But I ask everyone if they would like a lollipop.” (by Cary Antebi)
“When I asked you your name, how was I to know it’s Sue?” (also by Cary Antebi)
A new contest will appear in just a few short weeks — thanks to all of you for participating.