Caption Challenge No. 3: Your move, democracy

And the winner is . . .


WINNER DECLARED: At 2 p.m. ET, madeyoulook held the slightest of leads over e_ron in what is surely – and I’m going from memory here, so forgive me if I’m making a mistake – the closest finish in the three-week history of the Caption Challenge. I for one am spent.

Congratulations, myl. Please flip me an email at scott.feschuk@macleans.rogers.com for prize-based reasons.

Coming Thursday: A special year-end-themed non-caption caption challenge. Whaa? Alert your friends, neighbours and the smarter of your domestic pets.

Yes, yes: For some reason it has been – and may still be – impossible for you, the home reader, to peruse all the witticisms vying for lexical glory in Caption Challenge No. 3. For some reason, the second and third pages of comments were as cloistered yesterday as Tiger Woods’ naughty bits. But through the magic of the Internet and, more important, the magic of magic, I have been able to gain full access to the slate of entries. It cost me the eyes of my last newt, but I did it. (And now I’m out of newt eye – right at the holidays.)

Anyhoo, I’ve narrowed Caption Challenge No. 3 to five finalists. Read the entries, consider the entries, sniff, sip, swish and expel the entries (with your mind) – and then vote below* for your favourite. The prize – a $30 gift certificate to famed and very sexy bookseller Amazon.ca, who appears to have lost weight (have you lost weight, Amazon.ca?) – goes to the finalist who’s ahead in the poll as of 2 p.m. ET.

* I chose the poll graphic below because of the way it really nailed the look of my sideburns.

The finalists:

1. Danby – Like many Canadians, Barbara Ann carries a torch for days gone by, when politicians were civil and could even be considered role models

2. kcm – Ok i just heard the pilot light has gone out in this place…which way to the democratic boiler room?

3. SamDavies –  The roof… the roof….. the roof is on fire… We don’t need no water, let the…….

4. madeyoulook – And they won’t let me in the visitor’s gallery with my Greenpeace T-shirt?

5. e_ron – If Mr. Layton weighs the same as a duck….


Caption Challenge No. 3: Your move, democracy

  1. No.s 3 and 5 are the clear winners.

    • I like Nos. 2 and 4, myself! (they're all good, though)

  2. I think this one is myls.

  3. 4 & 5 are the best, with a slight edge to 5 for wickedness

  4. This is one great photo.

  5. 1:46 p.m. (EST): tied at 29% bewteeen myl and e_ron. I'm getting myself a bowl of popcorn and refreshing the hell outta this screen for the next fifteen minutes…

  6. 1:48 p.m. (EST): myl pulls ahead…

  7. Whoa, it's a barn burner of a contest — which would have made an okay entry, now that I think of it…

    • Nice one, old chap. I'm sure that, over the years, many MPs have been compared to various barnyard animals.

  8. 1:54 p.m. (EST) myl nosing ahead…. F**k the Olympics – this is competition at its purest and most engaging…

    • 2:02 p.m. (EST) no decision yet – injury time being added on?

      • Wow, sounds exciting. Sorry I missed the final stretch.

        • First, congrats! Second, you a class act, my friend. Third – it was beyond exciting. I even had the Chariots of Fire theme playing in the background.

          • Glad you had so much excitement. Of course, I don't deserve anything, I suppose, if over 70% voted against me…

  9. Can we start t he grouching phase now?

    • I still can't believe "The Conservatives are dumb and evil and fart all the time." didn't make the cut.

    • I'm blaming vote splitting from kcm and SamDavies…..and my Greenpeace crack a couple of days ago…..darn tree huggers…they NEVER forget!

      • Vote splitting and some hagning chads…

  10. "And now I'm out of newt eye"

    So's the newt.

  11. I just saw this, but the photo immediately made me think of Al Pacino from Scent of a Woman:

    "If I were the woman I was 5 years ago, I'd take a flamethrower to this place…"

  12. Aw shucks. It was an honour just to be nominated.

    Scott, may I ask that you think of an elementary school in an underprivileged area near you. Send the gift certificate to the principal of that school, so that a deserving but disadvantaged student might buy a book or two of his or her very own. Ask the principal to let that student know there's a stranger out there cheering for him or her to succeed.

    Thanks, and Merry Christmas.

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