Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 152

Contest No. 152 starts right now.

Briefly, here are the details: I’ll supply a drawing of one of my old cartoons that has never been published, leaving off my caption. You are invited to supply your funniest captions. Simply (1) click on “Add New Comment”. Then (2) scroll down past any other submitted captions and type in your name and your caption in the spaces provided. You will also be asked to verify that you are a human being and not a robot. Please follow the instructions in the “Captcha” box. Then (3) click “Save”.

Your caption (or captions) will be posted after I review your submission. Also, no captions at all will be posted for the first few days of each contest. This is to give everybody a chance to submit their spontaneous, gut-instinct caption without fear of discovering that it was ripped off by somebody else’s similar spontaneous, gut-instinct caption. This is an equal opportunity contest!

There is no limit on the number of captions you may enter for each drawing, but I will only post and consider the first 15 captions from any contestant. Entries will be accepted and posted for one week, after which a winner will be announced and the winning caption will be printed. Below that I will also print my original caption.

The cut-off time and date for you to send in your captions is midnight Tuesday, October 15, 2019.   

I will be the sole judge. The winning caption will be the one I judge to be the funniest one submitted (not necessarily the one that matches or comes closest to my original caption). Additional rules and regulations, for those of you who need such things, can be found here.

Below is the drawing that needs your funny captions.


  1. “It says ‘Help! I am being
    “It says ‘Help! I am being held prisoner in a Chinese fortune cookie factory.’”

  2. “Wifucious say … I KNOW you
    “Wifucious say … I KNOW you are with your Secretary…
    Hope you didn’t EAT the Chow Mein!!”

  3. “Honey, I have to read it, in
    “Honey, I have to read it, in a WHISPER…
    It says … ‘Sir, your Fly is Open!'”

  4. I’m pretty sure that fortune
    I’m pretty sure that fortune doesn’t mean what you think it means….

  5. Wife: Well, what does it say
    Wife: Well, what does it say honey?
    Husband: “That wasn’t chicken.”

  6. “Looking at the price we`ve
    “Looking at the price we`ve just paid for the meal, these must be Cost a Fortune Cookies.”

  7. That’s odd, mine says “Now
    That’s odd, mine says “Now you finished dumpling bowl, now stay close to toilet bowl”.

  8. I hate this “Lucky 8 Ball”
    I hate this “Lucky 8 Ball” restaurant. My fortune just says “Try again tomorrow”

  9. “Good morning Eli! In
    “Good morning Eli! In response to your comments about the mysterious, deadly Chinese food… Mr. Wolf, Mr. Warwick and I,
    all mentioned ‘Chicken'(Mr. Warwick, also, a ‘Dog,’)I believe, because of the infamous rumours or tales of the past, of the Chinese people cooking stray cats and dogs, in lieu of chicken. Then there were mentionings of food poisoning etc. I just thought by the man in the cartoon’s expression, after he obviously had just eaten, and was now on dessert … that he might have been food poisoned (as you could be at ANY restaurant- not necessarily Chinese.) Hope it clarifies!

  10. Thanks, Kay. Of course I’m

    Thanks, Kay. Of course I’m aware of all the legends about the mystery ingredients in Chinese dishes — I was just making a plea to give them a break!

  11. “Ah … Now, I get the point!
    “Ah … Now, I get the point! I guess we were all leaning
    in that same direction.

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