Monday, January 29, 2007


I was neither Victor nor Finalist in Anti-Caption Contest #84 (Ghost accosting Doctor in Scrub Room), yet I still merited an Honorable Mention.

The winner:
"And I said 'Rectum, damn near... uh oh.'"
My Honorable Mention:
Cleanliness is next to Ghostliness
So it seems that my Route to Mister Daniel Radosh's funny bone runs through my neo-Victorian writing style. (For more evidence, go here for my Honorable Mention for "Mr. Lodge places his Ass upon a Horse, yet has little Hope of producing a Mule.") My loser:
Cleanliness is next to Ghoulishness
Hey, nobody's perfect!

The winner of Caption Contest #81 (businessman on phone by a very similar desks) is
"Actually, it was more of a lateral move than a promotion."
Gary Tunnicliffe (New York, NY)
That gives New York City its 10th win and cuts California's lead to 3, with more of the same to come to California (and possibly New York) in the near future.

The nominees for Caption Contest #83 (people dwarfed by much of the surrounding furniture) are
"It's down the hall, but don't fall in."
John Gelb (Riverside, CT)

"You know how it is—first you buy the giant-screen television, then nothing else seems to match."
Janice Sniker (Fremont, OH)

"Would anyone like 1/68th of a piece of toast?”
Eric Weber (Tenafly, NJ)
My loser:
"When you've lived here as long as we have, it's easy to lose your sense of proportion."

Caption Contest #85 is here. Anti-Caption Contest #85 is here.

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

11 New York (10 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 Ohio
2 Texas
2 Utah
2 Virginia

1 Arizona
1 Iowa
1 Mississippi
1 Missouri
1 New Mexico
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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