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Posted at 2:00 PM ET, 02/23/2011

Announcing the winner of the second cartoon caption contest

By Tom Toles

The winner of the second cartoon caption contest was many things in a small package. A double pun with a double meaning. Something to think about. Elegant.

Click here or on the image below to see a gallery of my top ten picks -- the winning caption is at the end.


By Tom Toles  | February 23, 2011; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  Contest  
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I think I liked the "Send in the clowns" one best this time.

Posted by: jhnnywalkr | February 23, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I can't get the slideshow to work on my PC.

Are you sure you have it set up right?

Posted by: aberfalls | February 23, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

The top ten wont display on my PC under Chrome, Firefox or IE. Is it broken? Anyone else able to view the top ten?

Posted by: franklndsy | February 23, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Tom, your contest TOP TEN won't run on my Mac !!! What's up?


Posted by: 2ericc | February 23, 2011 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Oh darn. I saw alot of song lyrics in the top picks. Not that I don't like music, but originality means orginal--right? Since it is working well, our government must be on the right track. I never thought I would find myself thinking about others as much as I do today. Maybe that's because I have a terminal illness and don't have much more life to live. But Toles, you have come through again for me. The days of homelessness in Buffalo, when it was your cartoons and the balance of time waiting for a change to come. I can remember a time in my days there when I could go to a business and ask for a job without the need for a "Retail Credit Investigation," or a, "Background Investigation." Oh how the times have changed for me, and others like me. I always have a need to be outside in the freedom of space inorder to survive. Being and working indoors makes me feel uncomfortable, and imprisioned. How I wish I could travel back in time and be the kid I used to be 54 years ago. Our Nation seems to be indecisive and yet bold, but the people I meet here in Scranton make me ponder the question: Why must a Nation plan for homelessness? Is there a dark untold secret that I have yet to discover in my life? I guess I am not alone. Am I so sick now that I fail to see anymore of my dreams come true? Or do I have the courage to move on from Scranton, by the way the hometown of the Vice President, and seek out the unknown that I have always wondered about. Any thing any person can add I will listen to. But when I speak, even to those who are paid to listen to me, I find myself remaining lost. Yes I do believe in God, and I respect others who believe, and who don't believe, but my faith still remains somewhat weakened by what I experience. All the mistakes of my past have taught me well, but I see so much suffering in the World, and especially in Our Nation, that make me so deeply saddened. In this time of global turmoil, where I see freedom and democracy reborn, and people reaching out to the world and letting their voices be heard, I can't help but wonder, is there a global force that I don't recognize as being behind it all? Will gasoline be $10 a gallon in our nation? Will food prices rise to a point where more people will starve? Will I be devoured by this, or will I be set free? I am free already, yet each and every moment I feel imprisoned by forces I have no control over. I see a side of myself as being the reason for this global turmoil, and I see another part as being a patriot, but to no avail can I see a future of my own working in the same direction. As it evolves will I be able to endure, or will I perish? I just don't know anymore.

Posted by: watzknew | February 23, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

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