"I like to keep my wife's memory alive. She had Marfan's."--Jim Cavanaugh (JUDGE'S COMMENT: While we typically favor crass and stupid over smart and insightful, this references a little-known genetic disorder. Those afflicted by Marfan Syndrome [not Marfan's] are unusually tall, have long limbs and are advised to avoided extreme physical exertion. A good friend of mine has it. He was 6'11'' when he was 15. He could slam-dunk a basketball with ease, but his doctor said he risked a heart attack if he played. Asked if his high school's basketball coach ever tried to get him on the team, I'll never forget his answer: “Every day for four years.”)
"I see by this mirror that the mirror at the other end of my desk has been pinched. Look into it, Watkins, will you?"--Kathy H (JUDGE'S COMMENT: Equal measures confusing and obvious, simplistic yet still complex. What was Kathy thinking? As usual we can only wonder, but this certainly stands out. )
"To be honest, I think the lady at Michaels might've ripped us off."--reid savid (JUDGE'S COMMENT: This references a hobby and craft retail chain that is notorious for a ridiculously broad selection of photo frames. Caveat emptor.)
"Look in the mirror, Jenkins. Are you hyper-tanned, or perhaps the least-believable black person a New Yorker cartoon has ever featured?"--Shelly (JUDGE'S COMMENT: What the hell is Jenkins supposed to say? And besides work place diversity is not nearly as freakish as the size of the mirror. The purpose of this cap is to once again make a point about the racial composition of NYer cartoons. Got it.)
"Where'd we meet? Well, she was straddling the highway and decided to pick me up..."--cta (JUDGE'S COMMENT: A very appropriate evrolet girl reference. Long term Anti-Cappers are smiling a slight smile.)
"I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.--Anonymous (JUDGE'S COMMENT: This is what Al Franken's alter ego Stuart Smalley used to tell himself when he gazed into the mirror. I personally glare at myself and ask, “What the fuck are you doing with your life, man.” Kind of the same thing when you think about it.)
"Truth be told, Hendricks, I married her for her body."--Anonymous (JUDGE'S COMMENT: Successful men like to display their trophies. Reminded me of this: When I was at a B2B publication in NYC some years ago, the boss's son was a self entitled yuppie prick. Total asshole. Luckily, he wanted nothing to do with the likes of me. One day his totally hot wife came in. She was absolutely stunning and at least 10 years younger than him. As they strolled past my cubicle he paused to ask, “Hey Al? Have you meet my wife?” I responded, “No. How ya doin'?” They continued along and I went back to work. It was the longest conversation I had ever had with him.)
It's a picture of Wilt Chamberlain's penis that I found in my mother's trophy case.--boneguy (JUDGE'S COMMENT: So begins a cluster of caps that suggest the elongated picture frame is being used to accommodate a plus-size male member. Fair enough. But even the most progressive work place is likely to have issues a with a dick picture on your desk. )
"I love that picture of Harry Reems."--Satireguy (JUDGE'S COMMENT: Appearing in such classic feature films as Deep Throat and The Devil and Miss Jones, Harry proved himself to be big star. )
"...so I said, either print it life-size or Dirk Diggler will be taking his business elsewhere."--Steve_O (JUDGE'S COMMENT: Long story short: The threat of losing the business of a fictitious porn star was too much, so they printed it life size.)
"This is an image of you urinating! ... Leroy! ... You have to let out more hose!"--Dr Sumguy (JUDGE'S COMMENT: To which Leroy notes that it's not the meat, it's the motion.)
"The penis photographs here are obscene."--smuck (JUDGE'S COMMENT: Yet tasteful, no doubt.)
"Well, Obama did promise frame."--Dex (JUDGE'S COMMENT: If you are reaching for a classic, remember to shake before zipping up.)
“Ah, Hopkins, I was just thinking back to a time when it was considered just good manners to thank a fellow Anti-Captioneer for inspiring one’s own Anti-Caption, so as not to be thought of as a sneaky thief of someone else’s comedic brilliance. But, hey, maybe that’s just me.” [Thanks again, Dr. Sumguy.]--Tim H (JUDGE'S COMMENT: Thinking? Good manners? Comedic brilliance? These are not words we associate with the Anti Cap.)
"I think the big 'A' ignored a really clever Anti-Caption ... But, hey, maybe that's just me." ... (Thanks Tim H)."--Dr Sumguy, Anti-Captioneer (JUDGE'S COMMENT: Once again let the big A note that we don't expect you to think. )
"And one last thing, Jenkins. Using big words like 'lassitude' or 'topiary' will get your fired here faster than being black."--Anonymous (JUDGE'S COMMENT: Evoking “topiary” suggests a long-term devotion to the contest. I'm cool with that. But if you are a racist who would shit-can someone for being black, why would you hire someone for whom you have such contempt? Even people who don't know fancy words know that.)
A weighty monument, precariously propped with flimsy support--a visual metaphor, no doubt, of an anti-caption contest.--Anonymous (JUDGE'S COMMENT: Admit it: Flies swirling around a heap of dung is a more fitting visual metaphor.)
“Al posted her with the judging comments on #368. Nice ‘eh?”--which frame I need for the anti-cap unjudged list.--boneguy (JUDGE'S COMMENT: There is no such word as “unjudged," bonehead. You reveal only your need for validation. )
Mirror, mirror on my desk,
Which is the caption most grotesque?
Will Sumguy mention bowels again
Or Kathy link us to oblivion?
Will al again forget to judge?
For from the couch he will not budge.
Waiting is so bittersweet,
Why not post it as a tweet?
#waitingforal--boneguy (JUDGE'S COMMENT: Very impressive but please know that I don't forget to judge, I choose not to judge. Big difference. Try it some time.)