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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 08/15/2008

The E-Mailbag: The Caption Contest That Does Not Insult You With Cash Prizes!

By Michael Cavna


We put out a call for Caption Contest entries last week and your clever responses did not disappoint. The cartoon in question was a recent "Rhymes With Orange" strip that prominently featured the dorsal nudity of a water-skiier. Your inspired replacement captions included references to full moons, skiing with no hands and a particular Herman Melville novel (three guesses which one).

RHYMES WITH ORANGE: The commenter they call "Arlington" can flaunt the winning caption. (KFS)Enlarge Comic

To help us cull through the captions, we turned to the pitch-perfect ear of a Post colleague, Metro columnist JOHN KELLY. As our first Special Guest Judge, Kelly remarked: "You really see how important the exact wording of a caption is, the economy of words, the right expression." (Kelly is back after his year-long fellowship in England, where he says none of the newspapers has anywhere near the number of the comics that American papers do. His column will resume in Metro on Aug. 25, by the way, and his blog is scheduled to start soon after.)

So, without further full moons, let's get to the winning picks:
Runner-up goes to the entrant "FTI," whose caption reads: "THAT'S why the cabin was so cheap."

And Comic Riffs's first official Winner is..."Arlington," whose caption reads: "See! I'm not the only one who thinks it's cold out here!"

Congratulations, Arlington, and if one day we assemble all the winners at a Post banquet, yours will be the first "handle" called.

Moving now to our next Caption Contest, let's go Washington-centric with today's "Family Circus." We ask you to supply substitute dialogue for this Monumental image:

FAMILY CIRCUS: Your caption here. Literally. (KFS)

The humorous possibilities boggle the mind, no? Good luck, and we'll announce the winning entries next week.

By Michael Cavna  | August 15, 2008; 10:45 AM ET
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Look Mommy! Jeffy has a monument in his pants!

Posted by: FTI Jesse | August 15, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

And this is what your dad was like before the prostrate surgery.

Posted by: Horacio | August 15, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Dare I say it? Hilary's caption is much better than your winners, IMHO...

Posted by: Kass | August 15, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

How do you make something funny out of the Family Circus?

Posted by: JkR | August 15, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Mommy, why did Daddy say he likes the St Louis Arch more?

Posted by: echovector | August 15, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: f2 | August 15, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"Mommy! It's like Washington is showing us her finger!"

Posted by: f2 | August 15, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

"Honest, children. Those aren't backpacks. They're parachutes! Now you all jump and we'll meet you on the ground. One, two,..."

Posted by: f2 | August 15, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Why is that plane trying to land on that bridge, Daddy?

Posted by: SportzNut21 | August 15, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Mommy keeps a monument like this in her top drawer!

Posted by: Jesse Cline | August 15, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

"Daddy, is this the 'shaft' that you say we're always getting from the government?"

Posted by: Hankster | August 15, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

"Daddy I have to go to the bathroom."

Posted by: Bob Quick | August 16, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

An elevator?!

Posted by: JCF | August 16, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Wow! This is almost as big as Bush's ego!

Posted by: Andrew | August 16, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

You're right - I do feel much safer up here since they added the metal detectors.

Posted by: Mike Rhode | August 16, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Hankster stole my entry. I got nothing.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 17, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

What the heck:

"Is that why Washington is called the 'Father Of Our Country'?"

Posted by: yellojkt | August 17, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

All of Keane's kids are in their 40's and 50's now-I think it's time for them to stop jumping up and down and calling their parents "mommy and daddy" and saying cute things.

Posted by: Dennis | August 17, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I echo the comment on making Family Circus funny, but can we try to avoid dirty captions? I haven't seen a funny one yet...

Posted by: Arlington Gay | August 17, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

How about this:

"Hey daddy,look at the skinny pyramid!"

Posted by: Dennis | August 17, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

"No, Jeffy, they're not the Senators anymore, they're the Washington Nationals. What you meant to say was, 'Hey, Dad, I can see the Nationals lose from here.'"

I'd just like to thank Crow T. Robot for the above joke.

Posted by: JCF | August 17, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

"I was thinking, Thel, what say we ditch the kids for a little while..."

Posted by: Proxl | August 18, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

"Daddy, is this what they use when you say Washington is screwing us?"

Posted by: EricS | August 19, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

9 months later, a new baby was brought forth into the Family Circus.

Posted by: seattle | August 20, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

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