Thursday Photo Caption Contest: February 23

"That Christmas, all the kids clamored for the iHorn."

Perhaps it was the effect of all four of those Seussian megaphones, but your captions were extra funny this week. We could indeed hear you now and we did need a Ricola to soothe our throats from chortling, but we finally had to call in to this week’s special guest judge.

Congratulations to Mandi! Your clever pun on tickled the iFunnyBone of Priscilla Foley, Archival Program Director at the National Archives at Boston.

We first spotted this spectular image on their Facebook page. And while we wish the man was listening for Horton or a Who, it turns he is listening the for aircraft.

The caption on Facebook read: “Acoustic location was used from mid-WW1 to the early years of WW2 for the passive detection of aircraft by picking up the noise of the engines. It was rendered obsolete before and during WW2 by the introduction of radar, which was far more effective. This photo shows an early model of an Army acoustical aircraft detector (around 1920). The operator would try to detect engine sounds from incoming planes. In calm air conditions a range of about 15 miles could be achieved but the speed of the aircraft in existence when the system was eventually abandoned was such that only about 4 minutes warning of approach could be given.”  RG 227 MIT Radiation Lab Publications Office Photographs.

The week’s photograph features a man and a low-tech device—give us your funniest caption in the comments below!

"Your caption here!"

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33 Responses to Thursday Photo Caption Contest: February 23

  1. mickey king says:

    Yes, it’s true. I’ve sacrificed my own clothing to knit my dog a sweater.

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  2. Sarah Uthoff says:

    If I can’t wear perfect clothes, I won’t wear anything at all. Knit one, purl two.

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  3. Kerri McIntire says:

    Theseus confuses Ariadne’s instructions, and is lost forever in the Labyrinth.

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  4. Bryan says:

    “Once I finish these darn leg warmers I will have my whole Knit and Kaboodle ready for the dance recital!”

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  5. Tiffany says:

    Real men knit their own clothes!

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  6. Evin says:

    The pattern said Speedo but there are no leg holes.

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  7. Nancy Narma says:

    Ha! I won the bet! I told the guys I could knit a set of golf club covers!!

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  8. Jim Haas says:

    I’ll be glad when they open a Walmart

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  9. Bon says:

    This role-switching thing with the wife is for the birds!

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  10. John Matthew Lawlor Jr says:

    Wash day! Forgot the softener.

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  11. Maggie says:

    If I keep at it, I should have this done in time for the first snowfall–in the Sahara.

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  12. Elaine Schenot says:

    When they told me I’d be working with cables, I had no idea it involved double-pointed knitting needles.

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  13. Lil says:

    Hank wishes his Mom was still around…

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  14. jim says:

    Now let’s see her complain about me not planning ahead

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  15. Anne G says:

    Geppetto began to rethink the whole “making a boy from wool” thing. Perhaps he’d misread the instructions. Maybe that word was “wood”.

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  16. alisa says:

    Fredrico had a difficult time wooing the ladies with just his good looks. He decided to impress them with his knitting skills.

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  17. Barb says:

    I’m already behind on my Christmas knitting!

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  18. Mike says:

    Charles appears perplexed…is it a sweater sleeve or a sock?

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  19. Alison says:

    I wonder if this will make my butt look big?

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  20. debra says:

    Maybe I should have put a matching cable in my underwear.

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  21. Pam says:

    I thought the meeting was in Hawaii!

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  22. Carol says:

    When I was your age, we had to walk 10 miles to school. Uphill. In the snow. And we had to knit our own socks.

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  23. Angela says:

    Oh, man! Dropped stitch AGAIN??? Sarge said I have to finish this sock before sunset or I have to knit socks for the entire platoon!!!

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  24. Ryan Tickle says:

    Awkward dads and camera-toting tourists everywhere owe their fashion sense to Caesar Regalado; it was because of him that wearing socks with sandals first came into style. The year was 1934.

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  25. w.l.elms says:

    These are the legs to my shorts winters coming

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  26. James says:

    At this rate it is going to take me forever to get dressed.

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  27. Darren says:

    The other guys at the camp laughed, but Sven knew they’d be jealous come winter when his cable knit unitard was done.

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  28. Jane says:

    “Tarquin rued the day he’d joined the Roman Re-enactment Society.”

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  29. Lisa says:

    I really hope the sweater curse doesn’t work in reverse. I spent all my money on this wool and didn’t buy her a ring!

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  30. Rick says:

    This beats pulling KP duty!

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  31. Karen says:

    Chop Sticks? and you eat with them?

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  32. Mickey says:

    After being diagnosed with a wool allergy, Adonis stripped down to his woolen short shorts and knitted feverishly with cotton yarn.

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  33. meg says:

    I would have thought turning a heel would be easier than knitting my own swim suit!

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