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!"

34 thoughts on “Thursday Photo Caption Contest: February 23

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

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

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

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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!!!

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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!

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

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

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