The Suffolk Lawyer, 1998

Report to Legal Management, 1991

Rough Notes, 1995

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.


Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 133

Contest No. 133 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 1, 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. This is another "golden oldie" of mine, probably about 60 years old -- it's finished off with a brush, and I haven't done that since the 1950's, when I began using Rapidograph and then Micron pens.

Report to Legal Management, 1994

The Suffolk Lawyer, 1998

American Tool, 1999

Rough Notes, 1997

Medical Tribune, 1984


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