December 20, 2006

If you ever cared about the democratic process, now is the time for you to stuff a ballot box for my preferred candidate

Let's all just calm down. Take a deep breath before you stop those presses. You don't want to lose a finger. I know it's exciting that the New Yorker has finally chosen an actually funny caption as one of the finalists for the Caption Contest, but let's remember to do our vocal warmups before we ride from town to town shouting the news. Be responsible, people.

Oh, I'm sorry, which one is the funny one? Well, it's the caption that, if you read it as I like to assume the author intended (but actually it's even funnier if she didn't), seems like highly unlikely subject matter for a New Yorker cartoon. You know, the one about child molestation?

BELATED UPDATE: That link hasn't worked for a while...whoops. This was the cartoon in question, and the caption (which lost, alas), was "Ever think about kids?"

Posted by Francis at 12:21 AM

I'm wondering how many people read that caption and had *your* particular interpretation of the line *first*.

One of the *other* quotes is actually funny in a Anti-Caption way, which is fine with me!!! And then there's a totally lame one.

Also, I'm very proud that you insist on vocal warmups before riding from town to town shouting, but as long as we're at it, let's do some good deep pliƩs and lunges before getting on a horse.

Posted by: Lorinne at December 20, 2006 12:44 AM

There is no way that writer had the child molestation angle in mind. Funny it would be, but no way.

Posted by: Ken/Cazique at December 20, 2006 09:04 AM

My thoughts exactly! Nearly on first reading. Otherwise it just isn't funny.

Posted by: Rockapella Soul at December 20, 2006 01:46 PM

The cartoon is so strange. With all the foreshortening, it's hard to know if they're in an extremely tiny living space, or a jail with easy-going conjugal visit rules (are those railings or bars?), or if it's just a VERY bad drawing.

The next contest cartoon has more caption potential, I think.

Posted by: Ed. Grey at December 21, 2006 04:38 AM
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