Winner of Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 176

“Of course they taste bad that way. You need to peel the wetsuit off first.”

(by Rich Nagle)


My original caption: ” Yes, son, being a shark requires a 24-7 commitment.”


Wow . . . it’s a big first victory for Rich Nagle! It seems to me that he’s been an on-again, off-again Captioneer for many years, practically since I first started these contests. So this was a well-deserved win, Rich — welcome aboard. You’re now officially confirmed as one of the funniest people around.

Your caption is about a thousand times funnier than my own rather tepid original caption, which dates back to the 1980’s or 1990’s. To this day, I don’t know why I thought it was funny enough for anyone to buy it or publish it — except for The New Yorker, of course. I’m still scratching my head trying to figure out some of the “cartoons” appearing in contemporary issues of TNY. But then again, I recognize that humor is a very personal and subjective matter, and that it can go off in all different directions.

Here are the other captions that I was seriously considering for top honors:

“Forget the fish right now and let’s have some fun scaring the swimmers near the surf.” (by Diane)

“Of course it’s Sushi! Everything down here is Sushi.” (by Brendan Gannon)

“Bob, you’re always going to be just a ‘good white’.” (by Rich Wolf)

“Wanna go swim around in the shallow waters and scare the tourists?” (by Ronn Roxx)

“I know that Chinese cruise ship just sank, but I’m hungry again!” (also by Ronn Roxx)

“Let’s go scare some surfers.” (by Michael Lomazow)

“They say you are what you eat. Maybe that’s why I can talk.” (by Pat Foley). This one made me laugh out loud, Pat!

“Well, dear, welcome to the ‘teen years’ . . . the kids are off in all directions!” (by Kay Ralph)

“The Scavenger Hunt list says it has to be a license plate from Oregon.” (also by Michael Lomazow)


Be on the lookout for the next Contest, Captioneers — it’ll be posted before you know it. Thanks for your input!



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