November 2010

Management Accounting, September 1996


Gee, I hope nobody asks me what derivative trading is all about. I didn't know 14 years ago, when this cartoon appeared, and I still don't know.

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 14


"Do you always hear the knocking or only when you run someone over?" (by Cary Antebi)

My original caption: "He'll find the trouble, if anyone can."

Congratulations again, Cary Antebi (fourth win!). You're proving to be one of the funniest people around.

Of the other captions that almost made it, three were also written by Cary. I liked "Gas is not the only thing your car is guzzling.", "Your car is getting 2 mpg . . . mechanics per garage." and "I'd like you to meet the mechanic who fixed your car. He's a little shy." I also appreciated a couple of non-Cary captions, namely "He said he was going to get to the bottom of the problem." (by Leftie) and "Boy, that Christine just can't stop eating." (by Andrew). I happen to be a sucker for literary references, and "Christine" is a Stephen King book about a nasty people-devouring car named Christine and also a horror film directed by John Carpenter.

What are you going to do here, folks? Cary Antebi is absolutely dominating this contest! Are you going to be steamrollered like this, or are you going to fight, fight, fight for your right to be the funniest person around??

New contest coming up shortly. It'll probably be a Santa cartoon, so get into the holiday spirit and give it your very best.

Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 14

Cartoon Caption Contest No. 14 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 'Comments' underneath the current drawing. Then (2) scroll down past all the other comments and type in your name and your caption in the spaces provided. Then (3) enter the anti-spam security word that assures me that you're a human being and not a machine, and (4) click 'Submit'. There is no limit on the number of captions you can submit for each drawing.

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 submit your captions for this contest is midnight, Tuesday November 23rd.

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.

Here's the new contest drawing:


"Al Jaffee's Mad Life"

Mary-Lou Weisman is the author of "Al Jaffee's Mad Life", a recently-published biography of cartoonist Al Jaffee. I wrote an online review of the book on Litkicks, and you can read it here.

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 13


"You think the headphones are outdated? They're plugged into an 8-track sound system." (by Cary Antebi)

My original caption: "It's his hobby -- he listens for strange engine noises."

Congratulations once again, Cary -- for the third time, you're one of the funniest people around.

Two other captions that almost made it: "He claims he's listening to music, but I know he's infatuated with the woman's voice on his GPS." (also by Cary Antebi), and "The headphones are very practical, when he's done listening to music he can use them as a dumbbell." (by Gary -- not Cary).

Yes, lots of people commented on how outdated the headphones (and the car) looked. Please remember that I drew this cartoon many, many decades ago, when equipment like that was state-of-the-art.

Lots of people also told me that they came up completely blank when it came to thinking up a caption for this drawing. I'll try to select a cartoon for the next contest that will be less challenging.