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Caption Contest
And the winner of the 'contest to pick a contest idea' was... ME!!! Yeah, apparently my proposal to have a caption contest was the overall favorite. So I'll be keeping the copy of the book (at least for now... I'll probably give it away later).

Anyway, now on to the real contest. I've selected an image. The challenge is to think up a caption or accompanying text for the image. Or, if you're so inclined, you can photoshop the image. I don't mind. Just do something creative with it using whatever tools you have at hand (either words or an image editor). But if you photoshop the image, you'll need to upload it to a web server (such as one of the free image hosting sites) so we all can see it.

The prize will be a copy of A Treasury of Deception by Michael Farquhar ("Liars, Misleaders, Hoodwinkers, and the Extraordinary True Stories of History's Greatest Hoaxes, Fakes, and Frauds"). (I promise I won't award the book to myself in this contest.)

Here's the image:


I'll decide who the winner is on Dec. 20.
Categories: Miscellaneous
Posted by Alex on Thu Dec 15, 2005
Comments (54)
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To be honest, though, I don't think this image lends itself to many possiblities...
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Can we enter in more than one caption? Or just one, and we can change it from time to time?

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"Tickle, Tickle, Tickle"
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The statue is saying
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Posted by Dave  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  04:39 PM
:) my contest entry, photoshopped with a caption

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"Don't touch the sculpture, Niles."
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