July 2011

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 25

It's another tie!


"It was rough going there for a while, but I finally snagged him." (by Cary Antebi)

"It's safe to go back in the water now!" (by Melissa)

My original caption: "Isn't it a beauty?"

Congrats, Cary (a seven-time winner) and Melissa (a two-time winner). You're definitely two of the funniest people around.

There were two other captions I was considering: "Congratulate me. We're all set for dinner tonight!!!" (by Howie Garrett) and "Break out the white wine . . . we're having fish tonight." (another one by Cary Antebi).

Hmmm . . . maybe I should have extended the deadline for this contest, because for a few days there it was impossible for anyone to submit captions. Well, I finally decided to let it end as scheduled. I also decided on the drawing for the next contest . . . and it'll be another beach scene! So keep your swimsuits handy and get ready to jump into Contest No. 26 shortly.

"Comments" working again

As a temporary band-aid, the "anti-spam word" device has been deactivated.

So now it is once again possible for you to submit comments and cartoon captions in the contest. Just follow steps 1) click on "Comments", 2) type in your name and caption and 4) click on "Submit". Forget about step 3.

Hopefully we'll get back to normal soon.


I was informed by an anxious caption-writer that my anti-spam word is not functioning. So of course it's been impossible for anyone to comment or submit captions for the current contest. Sorry about that -- I really don't know how long that's been going on, and I'm trying to have the glitch repaired.

Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 25

Cartoon Caption Contest No. 25 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, July 26, 2011.

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 drawing for this contest. Wow, I can't believe this is the 25th contest already. Hope you come up with some great gags.


Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 24


"What's your name again?" (by John Platt)

My original caption: "Besides hunters, I've been having trouble with low-flying planes."

Congratulations, John -- this is your fourth win and you are certainly one of the funniest guys around.

Some of the other captions I was considering:

"The overalls with NEIGHBOR written down the side should be showing up in the mailbox any day now." (by Sharon)

"For another $10.00 I'll paint 'FARMER' on the back of your shirt." (by Howie Garrett)

"School field trips started complaining my farm wasn't 'educational' enough." (by Jonathan)

"We've even got towels that say 'His' and 'Her's'." (by Cary Antebi)

"I know it's not very creative but it's only my first attempt at graffiti." (by Cary Antebi)

"I got tired of those city slickers saying all farmers are illiterate." (by Melissa)

"We're being subsidized by Fisher Price." (by Melissa)

And Levi almost snuck in a winner with his clever late-entry "CAPTION" caption. Almost, but not quite.

I chose John Platt's caption not only because it was very funny and to the point, but also because it was in the form of a question. You may very well ask, what the heck difference does that make? Well, you just haven't been paying attention. For an explanation, please read my posting in Eli's Corner dated August 28, 2006, entitled "The Eli Stein School of Gagwriting". You can link to it right here