Winner of Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 201

“Now, Margaret . . . when you said there was going to be a baby ‘Shower’ here today, exactly what did you mean?”

(by Kay Ralph)


My original caption: “Martha! You’ve thrown out the baby with the bath water again!”


Five of the captions submitted involved the “you’ve thrown out the baby with the bath water” theme (mimicking my old original caption — you Captioneers know me too well!) and three involved an Amazon delivery. All good, dependable captions. But this time I decided to pick a winner from outside the obvious box. So congratulations, Kay Ralph, on this, your seventh victory! It was a long time coming, since your last win was way back in Contest No. 161. But the bragging rights are all yours now — once again you are one of the funniest people around.

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

“I have heard of it “Raining Cats and Dogs” . . . but, this is ridiculous!” (also by Kay Ralph)

“You threw the baby out with the bathwater again.” (by Kelly)

“Honey, our package from Amazon has arrived.” (by Diane Weisman)

“Did you order from Amazon?” (by Michael Lomazow)

“Didn’t we tell Amazon to knock when they deliver a package?!” (by Rich Wolf)

“Cheryl, it’s for you!” (also by Rich Wolf)

“I told you, don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater!” (by Jonathan Stein)

“All these years I though ‘throwing the baby out with the bath water’ was just an old wives tale.” (by Lee Lacewell)

“Honey, you really have to get more sleep . . . you threw the baby out with the bath water again!” (also by Kay Ralph)

“We’re under a conserve water order! You’ve gotta stop throwing the bathwater out with the baby!” ( also by Lee Lacewell)

“See, honey . . . I told you naming the baby Fido would confuse him!” (by Abigail)

“If this wasn’t a cartoon already, I would draw a bath for him.” (by Pat Foley)

The next Contest, No. 202, will be posted here before you can say “You’ve thrown out the baby with the bath water” one hundred times without flubbing it. Thanks for participating, Captioneers!



  1. “Thanks Eli . . . I was beginning to think I wouldn’t make it to my seventh victory
    . . . I blinked and did a double-take when I saw my name on the winning caption. So, I will enjoy it! I thought my ‘baby with the bath water’ caption might stand a chance until I saw all the other similar captions, LOL!”

  2. By all means, enjoy it! “Baby Shower” was a great thought and it fits the drawing perfectly. A few people have already told me that my decision was a good one, so please keep up the good work!

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