Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 206

Contest No. 206 starts right now.

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. To enter your caption, simply (1) click on “See Comments and Add Your Own”. Then (2) scroll down past any other submitted captions and type in your name and your caption in the spaces provided. Then (3) click “Save”. There is no charge to submit captions, and the only prize is the honor of being one of the funniest people around.

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 will 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. Every posted caption has a notation as to the date and time it was received. 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 reveal my original caption. I am the sole judge and the winning caption will be the one I deem to be the funniest one submitted (not necessarily the one that matches or comes closest to my original caption).

The cut-off time and date for you to send in your captions is midnight Wednesday, November 22, 2023.

Below is the drawing that needs your funny captions. Good luck, Captioneers!


  1. “I don’t know why the teacher failed me. I answered each question with ‘I cannot answer because it may incriminate me’.”

  2. “Maybe later, but right now I gotta go home and see if I can get my dog to eat
    this homework assignment.”

  3. “I always thought graduating the third grade would come with a great retirement plan and maybe a few good stock options.”

  4. “Maybe she would have believed you did your own homework this time if you hadn’t signed it with my name.”

  5. ” ‘Those who can – – do, those who can’t – – teach’ – – and that is why I can do the blackboards after class.”

  6. “In Ms. Stones class we have no rights . . . so why are we studying the Constitution?”

    “From now on, when I do your homework, don’t sign my name at the bottom!”

    “I wish we were back in the first grade, where we didn’t have all these second grade class politics to deal with.”

  7. “I’m gonna tell my mom and dad that my history grade will get better when we move on to some newer history next semester.”

  8. “Sure . . . when it’s in a note being sent home to your parents, putting a snake in the teachers desk is always gonna look worse than it actually was.”

  9. “How does this sound . . . Dear Ms. Pickles . . . We want Bertrum to down-size
    his heavy, school work-load – – so, for the next two weeks, he will just
    participate in Gym and Recess . . . and I’ll sign it . . . Bertrum’s Ma and Pa.”

  10. “An ‘F’ on my Geography test . . . do you think my parents would buy this being an ‘F’ for Fantastic, in the ‘new’ grading system?”

  11. “Ms. Landers is giving us this article on ‘The Benefits of Home Schooling’ to take home to our parents.”

    “It’s an article on ‘The Benefits of Home Schooling’ to take home to your parents.”

  12. “I’m going to say . . . ‘MOM . . . DAD . . . I have a (C+) 2.5 GPA and that’s one full point higher than the school I’m attending gets’.”

  13. “My mother always uses the same stupid acronym, MAGA, to tell me to meet at grandpa’s apartment. I hope I never see that again.”

  14. “Mr. Hoffa, as your primary fifth grade legal advisor, for your own safety, I strongly advise you to stop forcing students to pay five dollars per week to join your United Grammer Pupils of America Union.”

  15. I bet her comment about me cheating, saying that “Your essay is clearly a product of ChatGPT and was not written by you” was generated through AI.

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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).