Winner of Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 140

            “Do you have anything that says ‘I really really care, but not

                                   more than this 99 cent card’?”

                                             (by Ronn Roxx)


My original caption: Do you have a sympathy card for a store that doesn’t know how to spell ‘occasion’?”


Congratulations on your second win, Ronn Roxx! You have out-captioned everybody else, proving once again that you are one of the funniest people around.

Okay, I confess that this particular contest drawing was a sort of spelling test for all of you captioneers (please see my original caption, above). And now I can safely conclude, without too much fear of contradiction, that a great majority of you either don’t know how to spell “occasion”, or just don’t care.

So I was having a good deal of fun with the whole thing. By the way, I honestly feel that my original caption is by far the funniest of the lot. In fact, the only way I could have made it funnier is by wording it “Do you have a sympathy card for a cartoonist who doesn’t know how to spell ‘occasion’?” But that caption would have been an inside joke and would have broken the “fourth wall” that exists between the cartoonist and the reader. Some cartoonists do this on a fairly regular basis, but I’m just not one of them.

Anyway, this was a good batch of captions, and here are the other ones that were being seriously considered:

“It says, ‘Mery Chrristmas’.” (by Gayden Wren). This was one of the few captions that obviously acknowledged the mis-spelling of “occasion”. It’s very good, but the basic trouble with it is that the wording doesn’t give a clue as to any connection with the sign or the mis-spelling. To me, this caption created more confusion than humor.

“This one says ‘Hoppy Berthday’. No wonder they’re in the discount card section.” (by Richard Wolf)

“Mastering the POTTY is an occasion now?” ( by Kay Ralph)

“I’m looking for a sympathy card for a bad hair day.” (by Cary Antebi)


Be on the lookout for Contest No. 141, coming up soon . . . maybe it won’t be so tricky.


One Comment

  1. I am flabbergasted! I did NOT
    I am flabbergasted! I did NOT notice the mis-spelled word on
    the sign. I wondered why a few of the captioneers were fixated
    on the spelling thing — but, I still didn’t clue in! Mis-
    spelled words, generally, jump off the page at me . . . I am
    amazed that I missed it! Now … it all makes sense. The
    mis-spelled cards were funny! Hope I didn’t mis-spell
    anything . . . LOL!

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