November 2013

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 59

        "Now tell me agaIn, just how many Thanksgiving dinners did you have?"

                                                    (by Caryn)

                                   " . . . I suspect it's the bird flu!"

                                             (by Dom Mancino)


My original caption: "Exactly how much holiday turkey have you been eating?"


Yes, it's another tie! Caryn gets a win because she really did a great job of nailing my original gag and caption . . . and Dom Mancino gets to share that win because he came up with a terrific "bird flu" caption. Congrats to both of you. Caryn, this is your fourth victory -- Dom Mancino, this is your sixth. You can both bask in the glory of being two of the funniest people around.

This was a tough one to judge, because I liked so many of the entries. Here are some of the captions that were getting serious consideration for top honors:

"Well, I could just carve it off." (by Cary Antebi)

"Are you allergic to any condiments?" (also by Cary Antebi)

"Have you encountered any angry Gypsies lately?" (By John Platt)

"Turn your head and gobble." (also by John Platt)

"Have you been gobbling with salt water like I told you to?" (also by Cary Antebi)

"Which came first, the chicken or the eczema?" (by Dale Stout)

"Does the government know you escaped from Plum Island?" (by drmrs). I think a word of explanation is needed here, for people who are not from the immediate New York/Connecticut/Long Island area. Plum Island, just a few miles off the coast of both Long Island and Connecticut, is a place where, for decades, our federal government has been conducting mysterious, top-secret research and experimentation on animal diseases. The facility has recently been closed (so they say, but who really knows?), and the island is currently up for grabs. I thought this was a particularly well-conceived and funny caption. It could easily have been a winner were it not for the Plum Island name-recognition factor.

"I'm sorry, but I don't have a turkey thermometer on hand." (also by Cary Antebi)

A new contest will be up shortly. Keep on the lookout for it -- and enjoy your Thanksgiving turkey!



Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 59

Contest No. 59 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 "Add New Comment". 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". Your caption (or captions) will be posted after I review your submission.

There is no limit on the number of captions you can enter 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 send in your captions for this contest is midnight Tuesday, November  26, 2013.

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.

Below is the drawing that needs your caption.

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 58

               "Thanks for hiring me to work in your laboratory. What are

                                    these cute little glass things?"

                                                 (by Levi)


My original caption: "A cure for dyslexia! Eukera!"


Your fifth win, Levi - -  congratulations! You truly deserve the title of "one of the funniest people around".

As for my original caption, yes, that's supposed to say "Eukera!", not "Eureka!". Get it? Dyslexia? . . . Eukera? (I really hate it when I feel obligated to explain a gag). Actually, I'm convinced that the reason my cartoon never sold to any publication is that all the editors glanced at the caption real fast and, the human brain being what it is, they mistakenly read the word as "Eureka!". They then collectively scratched their heads and thought, "What's funny about that?", and quickly dropped it into their "Rejected" pile.

Other captions that were being considered for top honors:

"Finally, a formula that will provide complete hair restoration! But only during a full moon." (by Gary Zeller)

"Where do I take my urine sample?" (by Howard Garrett)

"Eureka! . . . I always wanted to say that." (by Dale Stout)

"It's an earthy bouquet with robust overtones of formaldehyde and a gritty finish." (by ShellyO)

"This may be the cure for the common cold. Quick send this down to the lab. Oh, wait, we are the lab." (by Cary Antebi)

Keep on the lookout for the next contest, coming up soon.