May 2018

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 134

      "I've been told by management it's bow tie OR suspenders, never both."

                                                (by Rich Wolf)


My original caption: "Yes, Hopkinson, you're still my heir apparent." 


Yes, this makes two consecutive victories for Rich Wolf (and three victories in all). Congratulations, Rich -- you have proved once again that you are indeed one of the funniest people around!

I still think that my original caption was a pretty good gag, and could never figure out why my cartoon never sold.

Here are the other submitted captions that were in the running:

"Anderson, I think it's time to admit that our attempt to become a paperless office has failed." (by John Platt)

"It says right here in the company rules and regs, 'no suspenders'." (by Mel Tanenbaum)

"Excellent sales record, Mr. Martin, but I don't think that you're quite the right fit here, at 'Belt Boutique'!" (by Kay Ralph)

"Welcome to your first post-retirement job you never thought you'd need to have." (by Jonathan Stein)

"You're just the man we were looking for fifty years ago." (by Cary Antebi)

"Congratulations, Lance, Best-Buy management thinks you're just the man to head up the 'Geek Squad'!" (by Tim Collins)

There were lots of good submissions here, captioneers. Be on the lookout for Contest No. 135, coming up soon.



Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 134

Contest No. 134 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. Also, no captions at all will be posted for the first few days of each contest. This is to 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. 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 print my original caption.

The cut-off time and date for you to send in your captions is midnight Tuesday, May 29, 2018.  

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 funny captions. 

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 133

                       'It says 'Your break is over, get back to work'."

                                            (by Rich Wolf)


My original caption: "Say, there's something written here -- good grief, we've been fired!"


Congratulations, Rich Wolf! This is your second win (Contest No. 124 was the first), so you are once again one of the funniest people around.

Hmmm . . . very interesting contest. Apparently, there was total confusion as to what my 60-year-old drawing was trying to represent. By my reckoning, there were 14 "worm" captions (impurities in the water showing through the bottom of the cup), 12 "message" captions (something written on the bottom of the cup), 6 "toast" captions (raising the cup to make a toast) and 4 "none of the above" captions. I guess my original intent is obvious, now that you can read my caption from so long ago, and I think Rich Wolf's winning "message" caption is somewhat better than mine.

Anyway, here are the other entries that almost made it:

"Yep! It's made in China." (by Brendan Gannon)

"It says, 'Consider this your bonus . . . Management'!" (by Tim Collins)

"It says, if you can read this, break time is over, get back to work!" (also by Tim Collins)

"Wow! This new zero calorie vitamin enriched organic sparkling water sure eats through the paper cups faster than the good old fashioned stuff." (by RonnRoxx)

"Here's to the water cooler . . . the original social network." (by Marco)

"It's our mission statement!" (by Sharon)

"Oh, if this water-cooler fly could only talk, the tales he could tell!" (by Kay Ralph)

Nice work, captioneers! Be on the lookout for the next contest, coming up soon.