OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Shaman You Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

The Shaman You Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.


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First: Franklin – It’s the Brazilian Man March!

Second: Eric Florackthe solution… banning the tomahawk. (…and declare tomahawk free zones – rodney)

Third: John425 – Fearful Obamacare Navigator;” OK, OK! If you want to keep your witch doctor, you can keep your witch doctor”


John BurgessBringing a tomahawks to a gunfight… still a bad idea.

RockThisTown – I didn’t set that red line you didn’t cross!

Fog – “Couldn’t you read the sign? It says no crack in the park!”

JWH – “Where is Dan Snyder?”

He who must not be named – Been licking the pretty frogs again, have we?

al-Ameda – “Before you fling that thing, one question …” “How come no women are interested in us?”


Secret recordings of Congress’ strenuous budget negotiations.

“Stop right there.”
Just do it, Stop right there…
“I said STOP Right THERE!”
“Oh… nevermind.”

Kemosabe is a bad word? Who knew?

The Thursday Contest is already behaving selfie-ishly.

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Rodney Dill
About Rodney Dill
Rodney is an IT Implementation Consultant in the Motor City and working within the Automotive Industry. He contributed to OTB from November 2004 until retiring in July 2017, hosting some 1200 OTB Caption Contests.


  1. john personna says:

    That second one might be funny, if switchblades, nunchucks, and probably tomahawks were not really banned in public (and if schools were not already martial arts weapon free zones).

    People get so caught up trying for an analogy that they forget. Amazing.

  2. rodney dill says:

    @john personna: Lighten up, Francis.

  3. john personna says:

    @rodney dill:

    What I’m saying is, humor comes from unexpected insight, and not expected foolishness.

  4. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    @john personna: And what Rodney is saying (if I may be so presumptuous) is stop being such a whiny douchenozzle.

  5. john personna says:

    @Jenos Idanian #13:

    Heh, I think both of your responses are more emotional and revealing than my own.

  6. rodney dill says:

    @john personna: I think Jenos response is much like your first one, sometime people get so involved in slamming the other participants they forget they’re in a humor/caption section. You and Jenos should both light up.

  7. john personna says:

    I think I’m pretty light.

    But I’m noticing that the mention that this thing isn’t “unexpected insight” is producing frustration among those who really, really, want it to be.

    I mean, you’d both feel better if “tomahawk free zones” were silly and an accurate description of what’s wrong with gun control, right?

  8. rodney dill says:

    @john personna: First, I don’t concur with your definition of humor being, “unexpected insight.” Somewhere I defined what I think humor is and I’m still trying to find the file so I don’t have to ‘reinvent’ it.

    Second, I rarely discuss topics seriously here, so what I feel about gun control is not keeping the discussion light enough, and not really germane to whether the caption is humorous or not.

    You say you think you’re pretty light, but you keep wanting to dive into a more serious topic, I think you should save it for other posts. I’m certainly not getting into that discussion here.

    Frankly, I think if it weren’t Eric Florack’s comment you may have felt the same way about it, but you wouldn’t have gone out of your way to comment on it. I thought your comment here was out of character from your normal thoughtful analysis of more serious comments.

  9. Mark Ryan says:

    @rodney dill: OMG! I thought I was the only one who still used that line, LOL! Good ole Sgt. Hulka, LOL

  10. Mark Ryan says:

    “……but everybody calls me Psycho. Any of you guys call me Francis, and I’ll kill ya! You just made the list Buddy! LOLOL!

  11. john personna says:

    @rodney dill:

    Your position is that “its just a joke” would be stronger without long unfunny replies.

    And if someone finds a political wedge, on a political joke, on a political website … alert the media.

  12. rodney dill says:

    @john personna: If they don’t tickle your funny bone that’s just too bad. You do really need to lighten up. I feel sorry for you.

  13. john personna says:

    I was really hoping you’d try a joke that time.

    Hey folks, this is serious. Political humor has rules!

  14. John425 says:

    @john personna: Humor is subjective and rarely gives “unexpected insight”. It also comes in various forms, i.e. sarcasm, slapstick and perversity. Some, like the standard, “… it was so cold… How cold was it?” is telegraphed and you know what the punch line is. Others descend into the ridiculous, as in “Who’s on first?”

    But…Rodney said it best. “Lighten up”

  15. rodney dill says:

    @john personna: I was too busy thinking up gun control related captions for the “Bottom of the Barrel” for last Thursday’s contest (Winners next Tuesday) than to add more here.
    @John425: I couldn’t find my original mental model for humor, so I had to recreate it as close as I could. I’ve posted it elsewhere, but I can’t now find the original.

    Humor comes from making associations through juxtaposition, comparison, or contrast of ideas, images, or things that are unexpected, inappropriate, clever, shocking, or ridiculous with considerations for both familiarity and obscurity.

    It’s similar to Scott Adams’ model for humor, though different in nature. Adams’ states that to be humorous something must contain at least 2 of six elements. He then states the elements. …and as with all model s mine is wrong, but to me its useful (as per George E. P. Box)

  16. Pinky says:

    I think this was just a tough picture to do a caption for. Franklin’s was funny though.

  17. john personna says:

    Every one of you has commented on the pro side in gun threads, right?

    And so your “respect the joke” is linked to your position.

  18. john personna says:

    Well, at this late date I’ll offer “Carlos suddenly understood the benefits of the paleo diet.”

    And if you don’t like that or don’t think it is funny, I promise not to do six posts telling you that you should.

  19. rodney dill says:

    @john personna:

    Every one of you has commented on the pro side in gun threads, right? And so your “respect the joke” is linked to your position.

    Not really, C. Clavin posted a caption in the new caption contest that probably falls on the anti-gun or gun control side, and I still find it funny. It’s probably more mean spirited than it had to be, but it’s funny.

  20. john personna says:

    @rodney dill:

    And yet Pinky’s “Curious George 2: Retribution” is probably best because (1) it didn’t try too hard politically and (2) had that surprising insight (going from the innocence of children’s movies to the violence of sequels).

  21. rodney dill says:

    @john personna: I think there are several funnier than C. Clavin’s. I wasn’t making that judgement as to which was ‘best’ yet. Just that even though the political point was counter to pro-gun didn’t preclude it from being funny. The meanness directed at another commentor is probably the biggest detractor.

    I do find that people that are trying to make a point, political or otherwise, or are trying to make an attack, usually fall a little flat in trying to be funny. The attempt of meanness or point often get in the way of the humor. They can often be funny as well, it just doesn’t always work out that way.

    ….obviously you’ve ready my mental model for humor by now. I don’t believe ‘surprising insight’ is the only measure for humor. I do think both Pinky’s Curious George2 and Snuggles captions are good, but I won’t really start sorting and ordering them until Tuesday.

    I’m thinking a department store Santa, played by George Zimmerman, getting in trouble with the law for handing out gun monkeys would be a pretty good Bottom of the Barrel.

  22. Pinky says:

    @john personna: I rule!

    Actually, I don’t think of this as an exclusively political website, and I don’t try to write political gags for the caption contest. One of my favorite submissions was for the Obama/Putin handshake maybe two months ago, where I had Obama thinking “this guy smells like walrus!”. It was kind of an inside joke for regular Caption Contest readers, and the humor comes from it being not political at all.

  23. Franklin says:

    Just stopping by to thank Rodney for selecting my entry as the winner, I believe that’s my first victory here!

    Also, my only problem with Florack’s line is that I don’t see any tomahawks.