Thursday Photo Caption Contest

Onions, Again???

How could we choose between captions about skunk cabbage, the effects of fiber, and manly weeping? We asked Mitchell Yokelson, Investigative Archivist at the National Archives and author of books on military history, to look into the matter.

Congratulations to Kim B! After careful investigation, Mitch found your succinct summary of the situation to be the funniest. Check your e-mail for a code for 15% off in our eStore.

What’s really happening here? World War I was sometimes called “The Chemist’s War,” and a mask could save a soldier’s life. The original caption reads “Soldiers trying out their gas masks in every possible way. Putting the respirator to good use while peeling onions. 40th Division, Camp Kearny, San Diego, California, 03/1918″ (111-SC-7045; ARC 530714).

Last week’s photo featured the face, but this week’s photo features the . . . legs. Give us your wittiest caption in the comments below!

Your caption here!

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32 Responses to Thursday Photo Caption Contest

  1. Reese says:

    Nom, nom, nom….

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  2. Susan says:

    The originators of the Mile High Club.

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  3. Burble says:

    To save rubber for the war effort, the Air Force abandoned tires and replaced the landing gear with legs.

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  4. suzanne harter says:

    “Scalpel.”…

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  5. JK says:

    That’s my nose you stuck that in.

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  6. Jeff says:

    The early design concept for the Rockettes was slightly flawed.

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  7. Rodger says:

    … YES! ~ I KNOW I was wearing TWO earrings when I came to work this morning !!!

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  8. Towner B says:

    Martha and Claire quickly realized they should have gone with the horse costume instead.

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  9. Elias Guetaneh says:

    This is not what I had in mind when they said close quarter combat.

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  10. John Whittemore says:

    “If you want to meet in private next time, pick a bigger plane”.

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  11. Gwyneth Duncan says:

    I told you the pilot was ticklish!

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  12. Derek says:

    … curtains on the windows, a nice light yellow on the walls, we could really brighten these things up!

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  13. Gary Lutz says:

    “Lost luggage”, my foot!

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  14. Gary Lutz says:

    Being an aviator is one of those jobs that will eat you alive.

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  15. Jeremy says:

    Don’t pick your nose!

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  16. Jeremy says:

    Do I have something in my nose??

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  17. Towner B says:

    As Margo and Betty dangled helplessly, they considered how to enact revenge after Jake’s little trap door prank. At least, thought Betty, the dress code didn’t permit skirts.

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  18. GermanGenealogist.com says:

    If you think I’m wearing these nice slacks up in here, you’re full of it!

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  19. Hugh Ryon says:

    ” We have to stop meeting like this!”

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  20. Emily says:

    Don’t ask! Don’t tell!

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  21. Hugh Ryon says:

    John….. Marsha……Johnnn…..Marshaaa…..JOHN……..MARSHA…MARSHA…MARSHA….JOHN…JOHN…..JOhnnnnn….

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  22. Sarah L. says:

    Worst Halloween costume ever.

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  23. Jane Long says:

    There IS more room than in the overhead bins.

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  24. mae_dae says:

    Any idea where these leftover parts go?

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  25. Alexis Hill says:

    Peeping through a plane’s engine.

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  26. alisa says:

    “Here is our new design for a fighter jet to confuse the enemy.”

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  27. Towner B says:

    Remind me again why we call this the “moon hatch?”

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  28. Roxanne says:

    Strangely, “Maws,” Speilberg’s first pass at a disaster film which starred a man-eating bomber, just couldn’t get Hollywood execs excited.

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  29. Kim Kortenbach says:

    “This is the last time we are flying by the seat of our pants!”

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  30. Laura K. says:

    Are you sure this is the way to First Class?

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  31. Radical Edward says:

    Would someone turn off the engine air intake?

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  32. Mark S says:

    You spend all day with your head up what?

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