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Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 150


    "And to think, just a few years ago they said Antarctica was inhospitable."

                                           (by Jonathan Stein)

 

My original caption: "I could never figure out why that Federal Census Bureau makes such a big fuss over counting people every ten years."

 

At long last, it's a big third win for Jonathan Stein (his last win was back in Contest No. 109). Congrats, Jonathan -- your name is once again enshrined in the annals of "one of the funniest people around".

My original cartoon and caption is actually about 30 or 40 years old. It's just a coincidence that there's another "big fuss" surrounding the current census -- but then again, there's probably some kind of controversy over the census every time it's conducted.

Here are the other captions that I was considering for top honors:

"I'm either going to read Kant's 'Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science', or just do nothing." (by Rich Wolf)

"Maybe we should get some cattle of something." (by Cary Antebi)

"This is not much of a wall, Senor!" (by Charles Vaughan)

"Are you fencing me in or fencing me out?" (by Diane)

Thanks to all you captioneers for participating. Look for the next Contest in just a few short weeks.

 

 

 






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 150


Contest No. 150 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. You will also be asked to verify that you are a human being and not a robot. Please follow the instructions in the "Captcha" box. 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, August 20, 2019.   

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.






Selling Power, 1990







Insurance Sales, 1983







Modern Office Technology, October 1989







Nelson Newsletter, 1996







Florida Bar News, January 1, 1997







Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 149


          The first question is simply verifying your gender, Miss McCoy . . .

                    so I will just delete your 'If Required' response!"

                                         (by Kay Ralph)

 

My original caption: "Congratulations! Your resume is going to be made into a major motion picture!"

 

Congrats, Kay Ralph, on this, your third win! Once again you have earned the distinction of being recognized as one of the funniest people around.

Not too many submissions this go-around, captioneers -- are you on vacation? Here are the other captions that made me laugh -- or should I say, made me snicker?:

"The film is called 'Rescue At Sea', and you must be able to stay afloat for 12 hours." (by Brendan Gannon)

"Good morning. I am Mr. Weinstein. You're hired." (by Rich Wolf)

"Your dressing room will be 38D. Does that sound about right?" (by Charles Vaughan)

Contest No. 150 will be posted in just a few short weeks. Thanks for keeping those funny captions coming.






Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 149


Contest No. 149 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. You will also be asked to verify that you are a human being and not a robot. Please follow the instructions in the "Captcha" box. 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, July 23, 2019.   

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.






Just One More -- P. G. Wodehouse's Grave


This has absolutely nothing to do with Mad Magazine, or for that matter, with magazine gag cartooning.

While I was searching through my son's blog, Literary Kicks (literarykicks.com, or litkicks.com) for my review of the biography of Mad Magazine cartoonist Al Jaffee, I came across another article I wrote for Litkicks back in 2005. It's about the famed British humorist, P. G. Wodehouse. I'd like to share it with you, so I'm putting it into Eli's Corner and here it is:

Wodehouse in Remsenburg

Eli Stein • September 22nd, 2005

 

Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, the British author of cultishly-popular humorous novels, short stories and plays (Jeeves and Bertie Wooster are probably his most famous fictional creations, and he worked on musicals with composers like George Gershwin and Jerome Kern) became unexpectedly controversial at the height of his popularity.

He was residing in France in 1940 when the Nazis over-ran the country. As a British citizen, he was interred as an enemy alien. The Nazis knew they had a prize catch, however, for Wodehouse was famous throughout the world, and they were anxious to use him for propaganda purposes. They transferred him to a prison in Berlin and made him an offer: he would be treated decently if he would just make a few pro-German radio broadcasts. He agreed to do so -- to save his skin, he would later say -- he would also claim that they were harmless broadcasts in which he simply joked about his imprisonment.

But he didn't anticipate the repercussions. After the war, the good-natured comic author was branded as a traitor and collaborator by most Britons. He was never actually tried for treason, but in effect he was "drummed out" of his native land.

He came to the U.S., eventually settling in Remsenburg, Long Island, where he resumed his interrupted literary output. He became a U.S. citizen in 1956 and was eventually forgiven and even knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1975. He died in 1975 at the age of 94 and was buried in Remsenburg.

Why this history lesson? Well, my daughter and I were recently visiting the Hamptons, near Remsenburg, and decided we had to take time out to pay a respectful pilgrimage to P.G.'s gravesite.

Easier said than done. If you research it on the internet, you will learn that Wodehouse is buried in the "Historic Remsenburg Cemetery", and you will even find a photograph of his gravestone. Remsenburg is a small (but very affluent) town near the Hamptons -- we figured it would be a cinch to find the gravesite.

Three of us set out to do so -- me, my wife and our daughter -- one day this past July. Arriving in Remsenburg, we drove around the largely residential community for a short time, hoping to get lucky. We sighted no cemeteries and finally decided to ask directions at the Remsenburg Post Office. An elderly woman was just leaving the Post Office, carrying her mail -- obviously a local resident -- so we asked her for help (remember, Wodehouse was Remsenburg's most famous resident for many years). She said, oh, sure, he's buried in the "historic cemetery" and we could walk there from the Post Office. She gave us directions, we thanked her profusely and walked off, relieved that our quest would be over so easily.

In a few minutes we arrived at the cemetery, and, believe me, it was "historic". First of all, it was tiny, about the size of my living room/dining room area. And second, every stone there looked like it was from the Revolutionary War era. With one glance, it was obvious that P.G.'s gravestone was not going to be found there.

Dejected, we searched around the immediate area carefully, walking a few blocks in each direction to make sure we weren't missing anything. Then, back to the Post Office.

This time we went inside and spoke to the clerk (no other customers were around). She called her boss in from the back for additional help. They both agreed that Wodehouse HAD to be in the "historic cemetery". We assured them that he was not there and wondered if there were other cemeteries in the area. They couldn't think of any, but referred us to a community center across the street, where people might be able to help us. After more thank you's, we went across the street where we were lucky enough to find five people of various ages who were planning an upcoming social event. After we explained our quest to them, they went through the "historic cemetery" routine with us. When we explained that we just came from there, they began to seriously try to locate other cemeteries in town, using ancient wall maps that were hanging in the room.

Gathering all the info we could from the maps, and with many thanks, we continued on our way. To make a long story just a little shorter, in the end we couldn't locate any of the cemeteries that were indicated on those old wall maps -- don't know what happened to them, but they simply weren't where they were supposed to be.

By this time, we were getting antsy -- who needs this aggravation, it's only a gravesite! But a quest is a quest.

What we decided to do was drive out of town slowly, keeping a sharp lookout for anything that might hide a cemetery. We were at the point of giving up in defeat, when we passed a church building we hadn't seen before, the Remsenburg Community Church. With hope all but gone, we walked behind the building and saw gravestones! Not just a few, but many, and lots of new ones, at that. The graveyard extended in a thin line behind the church and went back a long way. What the heck, we all agreed, let's give it a try. Slowly we made our way back, checking stone after stone. Toward the rear of the grounds, there it was -- P.G.'s gravestone.

We spent about fifteen minutes at the site (big photo opportunity) and then happily returned to our car, our Wodehouse pilgrimage successfully completed.

 
5 Responses to "Wodehouse in Remsenburg"

 

by Billectric on Thursday, September 22, 2005 12:11 pm

Enjoyed this!Some interesting history topped off with an exciting modern-day search/adventure. Nice report.I was caught up in the suspense of wondering if you would find the grave. Glad you did!It's hard to know what one would do if captured by an enemy and ordered to say things on film. One likes to believe they would blink their eyes in Morse code, like Jeremiah Denton did when he was a prisoner of war in Viet Nam, spelling out "torture" when he was made to speak on camera - but damn it, I don't even know Morse code.

 

by brooklyn on Thursday, September 22, 2005 09:54 pm

more about wodehouseThanks, Eli. One reason I find this story amusing is that everybody was sure he was buried in the Historical Cemetery. I've written a bunch about P. G. Wodehouse on LitKicks ... it's my personal theory that his stuff can be read as more subversive and multi-layered than is commonly thought. I really dislike the whole "Ask Jeeves" trivialization of Wodehouse's sharp sense of humor. It's similar to the cliche that Sherlock Holmes has become -- Holmes is another character written with a lot more depth than his eventual cartoon image would show. My favorite twist on the Jeeves mystique is the film Remains of the Day. Which would lead into another question: if this is Bertie Wooster's grave, where would Jeeves be found?

 

by Stokey on Sunday, September 25, 2005 03:01 pm

Beech from Wodehouse's Blandings Castle is actually a better butler than Jeeves, I think. He drinks, gambles, doesn't like aristocrats; he only rescues Lord Emsworth from scrapes because that's his job.

 

by john shirley on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 03:56 pm

Am a fan of Wodehouse. How can these rather silly people in the town he's buried in be so misdirected? Wodehouse is probably their most, or one of their most, famous "residents"...Interesting piece...

 

by Niraj on Thursday, September 4, 2014 02:18 pm

Thanks for this - My entire family (well almost) loves Plum's work! I recently moved to Long Island and my dad is coming to visit. We thank you for doing the ground work and writing about it as it will make our pilgrimage easier

 

 

 
 





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