November 2011

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 30


captioncontest301.jpg ". . . and in other news, the United States government still denies the existence of Area 51." (by Andrew)

My original caption: "Hello out there in Televisionland!"

Congratulations, Andrew -- first of all, you definitely topped my original caption, and second of all, you definitely deserve to be considered one of the funniest people around.

As for my original caption (which I told you I now consider pretty weak) -- at the time I wrote it, umpteen decades ago, I thought that the idea of an actual place call Televisionland was kind of a humorous concept. And of course that was long before the TVLand cable channel became a reality.

Other entries I was considering for top prize:

". . . and now the news for the Crater New York area." (by Cary Antebi)

". . . and if you call in the next five minutes, we'll include a second 'Super Shamwow Head-Antenna Polishing Cloth'." (also by Cary Antebi)

"And now it's time for Alien Survivor: will Mrxy or Grmp get voted off the moon?" (by Kelasher)

Good Work! Caption Contest No. 31 will be coming up soon.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 30


Cartoon Caption Contest No. 30 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' directly underneath the current drawing. Then (2) scroll down past any other submitted captions 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 29, 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.

And here is the drawing that needs your funny captions. This drawing goes back many decades -- back to the time when TV was in its infancy, and sets still needed "rabbit ears" to get good reception. I now consider my original caption to be kind of weak -- I'm hoping most of you can improve on it. Good luck, and thanks for trying! captioncontest30.jpg






The Florida Bar News, July 15, 1999


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Explanation: In 1999, everyone was worried about all computers breaking down at the start of the year 2000 (Y2K). The buzzword was that every new technology had to be Y2K compliant, and this is just a natural extension of that.






Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 29


I think ingesting all those eyes of newts on Halloween must have infected my brain. I couldn't decide on a single winner . . . so I'm declaring it a three-way tie!

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1. "Your recipe will be even better with this all-organic, cruelty-free eye of newt." (by Caryn)

2. ". . . and five 'Pepcids'. Your brew gives everybody heartburn!!!!" (by Dom Mancino)

3. "Here's the kidney stones you wanted, and believe me, it wasn't easy getting my husband to pass them." (by Cary Antebi)

My original caption: "I always enrich it with vitamins."

Congratulations Caryn (two-time winner), Dom Mancino (three-time winner) and Cary Antebi (a huge eight-time winner!). You are definitely three of the funniest people around.

Some of the other captions I was considering for top honors:

"Why don't we just skip over the toil and trouble part this time?" (by Jonathan).

"I traded the eye of newt for these magic beans." (by Kelasher).

"And now the most dangerous ingredient of all . . . sugar cubes!" (by Cary Antebi). Years ago, this caption would have been a sure sale for me to any of my health and nutrition publication markets, but they all folded and are long gone. That's the market that my original caption was targeted for.

"I have no idea what these eyeballs from a lemur will do, but that's what Martha Stewart suggests." (also by Cary Antebi).

"They'll never know it's a placebo." (by Sharon).

This contest is getting very educational. Now we all know what ingredients are necessary for a decent witches' brew: eye of newt, powdered unicorn horn, rat tail, cat paw, owl spleen, monkey brain, cat whiskers, kidney stones, lemur eyeballs and woolly mammoth liver. Yum.

Thanks to all of you who participated. New contest coming up shortly.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 29


Cartoon Caption Contest No. 29 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 8, 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.

And this is the drawing that needs your funny captions:

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