Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 163

Contest No. 163 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. However, 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, July 28, 2020.   

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. “Six feet buddy… I don’t
    “Six feet buddy . . . I don’t like the look of that rash
    on your pail!”

  2. “That pink, polka dotted pail
    “That pink, polka dotted pail of yours . . . is the
    ‘elephant on the beach!'”

  3. “Don’t make waves kid…This
    “Don’t make waves kid . . . this beach isn’t big enough
    for both of us!”

  4. “Believe me when the high
    “Believe me, when the high tide comes in, you all are going to want flood insurance!”

  5. “It was weird! Mom was
    “It was weird! Mom was complaining to Aunt Bea about
    Covid home-schooling . . . said it was ‘no day at the beach’. . .
    her face suddenly lit up, and voila . . . here we are!”

  6. Your pail matches the polka
    Your pail matches the polka dot bikini song, but I don’t see the wearer anywhere.

  7. It’s a good thing that it’s a
    It’s a good thing that it’s a sunny day. You and your bucket are a little “pail”.

  8. What about kids rights? They
    What about kids rights? They have the umbrella, beach chairs, and a blanket. We have the hot sun and sticky sand.

  9. “What do ya say, we ditch our
    “What do ya say, we ditch our trunks . . . and be ‘beach bums’!”

  10. “Swindling states-person
    “Swindling states-person skimming shuttered Sally’s Seashells.”

  11. “Are you trying to tell me,
    “Are you trying to tell me that Mom is giving you a
    credit for ‘Art’ and ‘Science’. . . just because you decorated
    your pail?”

  12. “We`ll leave the sandcastle
    “We`ll leave the sandcastle here to remind us where we buried grandma when the tide recedes.”

  13. As long as it takes you to
    As long as it takes you to fill a pail, I can tell this isn’t quicksand!!!

  14. I heard that guy on TV say
    I heard that guy on TV say eating sand will keep you from getting the Corona

  15. I just stared an Etsy shop
    I just started an Etsy shop selling authentic beach sand to people stuck at home!

  16. I’m not sure why, but mom
    I’m not sure why, but mom says don’t bother with the sun tan lotion, cuz this Florida beach is gonna get real busy!

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Welcome to the Eli Stein Cartoon archive. To begin, read my introduction and personal notes, and then please look at the cartoons, which are categorized by either decade, publication name or topic. I’ve included some personal comments, memories and photos below many of the cartoons. I’ll be adding cartoons, memories and photos ad infinitum. Remember, your comments are appreciated (just click on the “comment” link at the bottom of each post).