Monday, January 15, 2007


The winner of Caption Contest #79 (sideways apartment building) is
"The elevator takes some getting used to."
Terry McGurn (Reston, VA)

The fine nominees for Caption Contest #81 (man on phone at duplicate desks with duplicate nameplates) are
"O.K., I've backed everything up. Now what?"
David Barrow (DeKalb, IL)

"Actually, it was more of a lateral move than a promotion."
Gary Tunnicliffe (New York, NY)

"Two for the price of one? Yes, I may very well be interested."
Jennifer Lynn Weston (Hamden, CT)
My loser (a shorter, New Yorkerized version of what I submitted to the Anti-Caption Contest last week and this week [see below]):
"Hello? Hello? Yes. Yes. Fine. Fine. Okay. Okay. Bye. Bye."

At Anti-Caption Contest #82 (sketchily drawn Adam fleeing Eden with cellphone in hand, topless Eve by his side), the winner is
"Hello ACLU? We're being harassed by a religious fanatic."
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My many losers:
"You booked us here, Henry--now the least you can do is get us a refund!"

"Hef? Can we go back to Playboy? We're still not wanted at The New Yorker!"

"It's an emergency, Doc! I grew a navel but lost my toes, five fingers, a rib, and my neck. And Eve? She's missing one finger--and her penis!" [I thought this one was clever.]

"We just lost our shirts buying scalped tickets to see Kristin Chenoweth in The Apple Tree--and now we can't even find Studio 54! Which street is it on, again?"

"Hello? Hello? Yes. Yes. No. No. Fine. Fine. Not right now. Not right now. Tonight. Tonight. At 8. At 8. What? What? All right. All right. Okay. Okay. Bye. Bye."

Caption Contest #83 is here. Anti-Caption Contest #83 is here.

Here is the current New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest breakdown by state. You can find it all mapped out here.
14 California

10 New York (9 from the Big Apple)

7 New Jersey

6 Massachusetts
6 Pennsylvania

3 Georgia (includes two-time winner Carl Gables)
3 Minnesota (Minneapolis 2, St. Paul 1)
3 North Carolina

2 Connecticut (both women, both from New Haven)
2 District of Columbia
2 Illinois
2 Maryland (both women, neither named Mary)
2 New Hampshire
2 Texas
2 Utah
2 Virginia

1 Arizona
1 Iowa
1 Mississippi
1 Missouri
1 New Mexico
1 Ohio
1 Oklahoma
1 Oregon
1 Rhode Island
1 Vermont
1 Washington
Map Introduction

Thanks to Andriy Bidochko for Map Builder. MyMaps at

Image by David Marc Fischer using Samsung cameraphone

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