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Second WEIRD UNIVERSE Contest:  Official Results!!!

Well, the voting is over, and it was a neck-and-neck gallop for the finish line. I was monitoring the poll at regular intervals for the last hour, and what seemed a sure victory turned into a narrow upset. But there's a clear winner, with no need for another tie-breaker vote.

There were 296 votes overall. Here are the stats for all the captions that earned double-digit totals, in reverse order, leading to the winner:

Coming in at fifth place, Caption 16 earned 11 votes.
Charles brooded. After all, Anna was supposed to be HIS mistress, not his wife's.
Emmitt Dove in CT

Coming in at fourth place, Caption 2 earned 32 votes.
Woman: "What are you writing dear?"
Man: "A suicide note... sign here!"
Dumbfounded

Coming in at third place, Caption 35 earned 33 votes.
Realizing he had spent the best years of his life in the simultaneous pursuit of deep intellectual thought and loose women, the now middle aged Henry Willingsworth decided then and there to dedicate his life to chasing the dragon. Yes, an opium habit would make the insufferable voices go away...well that and murder....
Chelonian

Coming in at second place, Caption 62 earned 36 votes.
Theodore turned in his chair, giving Betty and Lynn a lingering, side-long glance. "What could they be up to...?" he thought to himself, fingering his fountain pen precariously over the manuscript of his latest novel, the sprawling epic, 'Foamy Waves of Passion's Ungoverned Despair'. "I'm sure that they couldn't know--how could they know? I've hidden the trapdoor well; and even if she did suspect, two layers of sea-lion-skin rugs are far too heavy to lift for a woman of such dainty pulchritude as Lynn--But Betty... Betty, Betty, Betty, I'm not so sure about that one. She's a dyke. She has dyke-strength, that one. And ho! Perhaps when Lynn herself was trying to persuade me 'oh Theodore, stop calling my sister a dyke, for heaven's sake she has three children' that lesbian-queen herself was hurling those rugs away like a behemoth vixen, clawing through my trap door, bounding across the rancid-custard booby-traps (nay, she must've slurped up the foul concoctions herself, that nefarious demon-puss!), and into the secret chamber! God help me, if she laid her dirty dyke-tongue on a single one of my Boy Meets World action figures, in the name of Topanga, I will f--"
Sam in Colorado

Coming in first, Caption 4 earned 38 votes.
Thanks to his mother, Simon wasn't turning out to be the quite the son Gordon had hoped for.
Dumbfounded

So that makes Dumbfounded the winner! He passed Sam in Colorado only during the last few minutes of the contest.

Dumbfounded's win is especially notable, since another entry of his placed fourth.

Let's all hear it for Dumbfounded! Yay! Huzzah!

And Messr. Dumbfounded must now send me his snail-mail particulars: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Let me address a few issues raised in various comments.

First, Sam's two entries--Caption 62 and Caption 63--were really intended as one by him. I split them because there was a huge spatial gap between them, and no apparent segue. Caption 63 picked up one vote, which, added to the total for Caption 62, still did not top Dumbfounded. Now, it might be argued that I screwed Sam's chances by this accidental editorial revision. But it could equally be argued that I made Caption 62 more attractive by splitting it. In any case, I regret not consulting Sam first, and so I am going to award him a consolation prize!

Sam in Colorado: please send me your snail-mail particulars! .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

That's how we roll here at WEIRD UNIVERSE. Just like Obama, we admit mistakes and seek to remedy them!

Next, some readers suggested that I should have trimmed the list of contestants down to a handful of "best" entries. That was precisely what I was trying to avoid: imposing my judgment on the WU democracy. So I'm grateful everyone was willing to deal with the huge slate of choices.

I just want to thank all the contestants and all the voters and all the silent readers who just sat back and enjoyed the contest. You're a super bunch!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Feb 19, 2009 | Comments (15)
Category: Weird Universe, Contest

Contest Voting To Close

I'm shutting down the poll widget for the Second WU Contest at 11:00 AM EST.

Get your vote in if you haven't!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Feb 19, 2009 | Comments (0)
Category: Weird Universe, Contest

Interim Voting Announcement

We've gotten over sixty votes in so far! Thanks! Keep them coming!

At this moment, three captions are tied for first place. I did not really think about what to do in case of a tie. But I see two solutions:

1) Have a second, tie-breaking vote.

2) Award the prize to the person who submitted their caption earliest.

I'm tending toward #1 myself.

What do you all think?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Feb 18, 2009 | Comments (16)
Category: Weird Universe, Contest

Second WEIRD UNIVERSE Contest Voting

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A) Here's the original caption above, for your enjoyment and comparison.

B) I've shut off Comments on the original Contest Post, so all entries are officially in.

C) If you look at the count for Comments on that post, you should see the figure of "89." Two comments were corrections to the contestants' prior entries. One comment was a compliment to another contestant. But one comment contained two captions. So 89 minus 3 plus 1 equals 87 entries on display here, EACH ONE BEARING A UNIQUE VOTING NUMBER ABOVE THE ENTRY, and the contestant's handle beneath.

D) It's a lot of reading, in a big post, but I did not want to hide any entries in an "Extended" section, as I felt that would prejudice readers against them.

E) I haven't tampered with the entries, except to add an occasional bit of punctuation or capitalization, or maybe fix a spelling error.

F) Decide which entry you like best, THEN VISIT THIS LINK, WHERE THE VOTING WIDGET LIVES.

G) I've tested the polling widget, which I could not embed here, and it seems to work fine. The current results should display as you vote.

H) Tomorrow around this time, I'll disable the voting and declare a winner!

I) Good luck to everyone!

1)
"Darling, our 'credit crunch' worries are over! Daphne's agreed to go on the game!"
Dumbfounded

2)
Woman: "What are you writing dear?"
Man: "A suicide note... sign here!"
Dumbfounded

3)
Woman: "It's very nice of Merrill Lynch, but couldn't we just have a cash bonus again like last year?"
Dumbfounded

4)
Thanks to his mother, Simon wasn't turning out to be the quite the son Gordon had hoped for.
Dumbfounded

5)
I knew I couldn't afford two of them!
Rofo

6)
No, I'm not with another man, I just haven't been in the mood, for you.
Rofo

7)
The "two for the price of one" psychoanalysis special was not going as well as Dr. Smythe had envisioned.
Ledasmom

8)
Woman : BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH!
Man (to himself) : Fucking whores.
JoJo

9)
So THAT'S why you're always spending so much time at your "book club" meeting!
Dawn in PA

10)
Two wives = laid twice as often? HAH! They prefer each other and the selfish little wenches won't even consider a threesome!
Dawn in PA

11)
My Facebook page clearly stated I was not interested in a "conventional" relationship!
Moon in manassas, va

12)
Don't be glum dear, you can watch next time.
Nicole in VA

13)
"I'm sorry Honey, it's my new diet. No protein for six months."
Merlin in Las Cruces, NM

14)
The down side of being a single guy working the wedding registration desk for gay marriages.
Merlin in Las Cruces, NM

15)
Woman: "Remember, it's only a Green Card marriage. You didn't think you were actually going to get any, did you?."
Merlin in Las Cruces, NM

16)
Charles brooded. After all, Anna was supposed to be HIS mistress, not his wife's.
Emmitt Dove in CT

17)
Actually, Marge, he does have a dick; I just don't let him use it.
Expat47 in Athens, Greece

18)
He's been like that ever since he invented that vibrator thingy.
Expat47 in Athens, Greece

19)
Oh Roger, don't be such a grouch. It makes perfect sense ... while you work on the "Economic", Betty will work on the "Stimulus".
Mad Hatter

20)
Oh Roger, you have such an active imagination! It's just a book club ... uh, and then we're going shopping for some sensible shoes.
Mad Hatter

21)
-Darling, you have been nominated in Obama's Cabinet!
-Did you pay your taxes?
Yudith

22)
Don't look so glum dear, we agreed to let you watch.
Jules in CT

23)
Darling, do you think that asshole Madd Maxx is going to cause problems with this contest like he did with the first one?
Madd Maxx

24)
How many times do I have to tell you honey? It doesn't matter what you put on your Christmas list. There is no Santa.
Madd Maxx

25)
Honey, Elizabeth and I are going upstairs to munch on each others rugs. Could you be a dear and let us know when Top Chef comes on?
Madd Maxx

26)
Don't worry, Alice. Once you're married you can stop sucking him.
Sweetie, remember when we used to have oral sex? Hee hee!
Madd Maxx

27)
George likes working those silly sudoku puzzles. Hee hee. Silly man, those things will never be popular.
Madd Maxx

28)
Hopefully someone will invent a pill one day to take care of Richard's limp problems.
Madd Maxx

29)
He: "What are you two tittering about?"
She: "We just realized that when cloning is perfected for humans, men will become obsolete! And it's men who work so hard to make this possible! Isn't it hilarious?"
A.R.Yngve

30)
Darling, $20,000 isn't too much for her wedding. She's your precious baby. It's only her 5th marriage, this is something to treasure.
Jessica in Pittsburgh

31)
Don't be mad at me because I said was I was inviting Julia over for pancakes, and this wasn't what you had in mind.
Matt in Florida

32)
Who needs men? We have cloning now!
Susan in Seattle

33)
After his sex change operation, he found their "girly" chatter to be inane, and unbearable.
Barry Parsons

34)
Woman speaking: Honey, you bug me for months about a threesome with another "lady", and now you seem reluctant.
Man: "Lady?" If I had a bulge in my pants as big as "her's" I'd have to wear a skirt too.
VoiceInTheFan in PA

35)
Realizing he had spent the best years of his life in the simultaneous pursuit of deep intellectual thought and loose women, the now middle aged Henry Willingsworth decided then and there to dedicate his life to chasing the dragon. Yes, an opium habit would make the insufferable voices go away...well that and murder....
Chelonian

36)
Don't worry Monica, Bill's just upset that I won't let him play in the Oval Office anymore.
Dead Girl in In the USA

37)
Don't worry, girl. He's just jealous 'cause your gas is louder.
Dave

38)
"Oh Darling, don't be silly. Just write the check and we'll be off to the shops. We have plenty of money in the bank... what could there possibly be to worry about?"
SeriouslyJane in Sparks, NV

39)
The real reason Chuck Shepherd keeps posting "News of the Weird" late...
Yoyogod

40)
"Oh, Todd! It's all so exciting! First I get nominated to run for Vice President and now it seems that our little Bristol is in the family way!"
Martel

41)
He (thinking): What has D. H. Lawrence got that I haven't?
Phred22

42)
You sir! Guess which one of us is the lady and get a prize.
Malk

43)
Somehow, Alastair knew this would be his last letter from the Bergdorf's display window.
Kirk Vilb in East Anglia

44)
"Sorry, Darling, She just does it so much BETTER than you!"
Nighthawk

45)
Oh, he always gets this way around tax time.
Jack in Fairfax Station, VA

46)
He's not smiling Bob!
Morgin

47)
Don't be so Madd Maxx, there is enough of me to go around!
NewGuy

48)
If you're going to use your constantly moving mouths to distract me, there are better ways.
MARCUS

49)
C'mon, Henry. No one reads anymore anyway, and Anais wants to show us some neat French thing she learned...
Vitajex

50)
Dear Penthouse....
Greenlantern

51)
Dearest Casanova,
Something went terribly wrong...
Cfx

52)
Chicks are for fags!
Barry Parsons

53)
No, Honey, she's MY Valentines Day present! You already had your little "private phone call," remember?
Dave Hanford

54)
Husband: Hey honey, did you make a new friend today?
Wife: Really? You're just now realizing that we're conjoined twins?
Rachel

55)
Woman 1: Hey, Dickhead, what are you writing?
Man: None of your business, Bitch!
Woman 2: Wow, you two have such honest, open communication.
CaptainBuzzkill in Canada

56)
Arthur, dear. She says she'll do us both for 50 bucks.
Babeecow

57)
You are wasting your time darling. Betty heard that some French madman already wrote 'memoirs'.
Zlzl

58)
Woman: You should have seen Florence's husband's face when we came out. Oh, hang on, it was just like that actually...
Jake in Manchester, UK

59)
He claims to have writer's block. If you ask me, the only cure for his 'blockage' is prune juice.
Kelby in Austin

60)
Come, Sherlock! Maybe a threesome will assuage your dyspepsia!
Ted S. in Little Falls, NY

61)
Darling, i've told Annabelle she can stay as long as she likes, you'd be happy to sleep on the couch while she's here.
Patty

62)
Theodore turned in his chair, giving Betty and Lynn a lingering, side-long glance. "What could they be up to...?" he thought to himself, fingering his fountain pen precariously over the manuscript of his latest novel, the sprawling epic, 'Foamy Waves of Passion's Ungoverned Despair'. "I'm sure that they couldn't know--how could they know? I've hidden the trapdoor well; and even if she did suspect, two layers of sea-lion-skin rugs are far too heavy to lift for a woman of such dainty pulchritude as Lynn--But Betty... Betty, Betty, Betty, I'm not so sure about that one. She's a dyke. She has dyke-strength, that one. And ho! Perhaps when Lynn herself was trying to persuade me 'oh Theodore, stop calling my sister a dyke, for heaven's sake she has three children' that lesbian-queen herself was hurling those rugs away like a behemoth vixen, clawing through my trap door, bounding across the rancid-custard booby-traps (nay, she must've slurped up the foul concoctions herself, that nefarious demon-puss!), and into the secret chamber! God help me, if she laid her dirty dyke-tongue on a single one of my Boy Meets World action figures, in the name of Topanga, I will f--"
Sam in Colorado

63)
"Oh Lynn, that was a hilarious joke about pecans."
"Do you think so? Oh why thank you Betty. I do so enjoy--"
"Lynn."
"Yes?"
"He's doing it again."
"Oh. Oh dear. Why do you think he... And that eyebrow, my god."
"I never knew a person could raise their eyebrow so high."
"Really, that's quite an achievement."
"Yes. But it is quite unsettling."
"Yes."
"Let's go for a drink."
"Yes, now please."
Sam in Colorado

64)
Don't worry, Jules. Madd Maxx is just mad that we played pancakes without him.
KW in Dallas, TX

65)
Hmmm... I wonder how much I'll save if I file my tax status as "polygamist"
A Soggy French Fry in United States of Alcohol

66)
Damn Mormon church would only grant me one prenup!!
A Soggy French Fry in United States of Alcohol

67)
"Dahling, sadly, the pen is mightier than the sword."
Kurt Knochel

68)
"Ahh, Don't Mind my husband, he always looks that way when Constipated"
Jsmith_2000

69)
Man: Either you two stop that, or else make me a sandwich!
Joshua Zev Levin, Ph.D. in Marlton, NJ

70)
"Oh Dorothy, you forgot his hemorrhoids cream again didn't you?"
A Soggy French Fry in United States of Alcohol

71)
Oh, he's always like this at tax time, Betty.
Patty

72)
"Judge, do you mean you've never married conjoined twins before?"
JOe Tully

73)
Man: Which one of you farted?
A Soggy French Fry in United States of Alcohol

74)
Don't forget, darling, since Elizabeth and I can't marry I will be receiving alimony from you for a very long time.
Tracey

75)
Woman on the right: "Don't make that face at us, good sir. As you are perfectly aware, whomever smelt it is the party that dealt it!"
DokHolocaust

76)
Well, you should have picked up your Viagra like I told you!
Ray Henderson

77)
Relax, dear. Her astrologer told her she can pay us back as soon as there is a six planet alignment in Capricorn.
Doforanimals in Southwest Florida

78)
You're right honey, she can't give me everything--she doesn't pay the bills!
BG in Sunny San Diego

79)
Woman on right - "Honey, I know you are a sad case, but please stop writing jokes in base 13."
DownCrisis

80)
Poor dear, he's just disappointed because he misheard when I told him my new friend was a notorious flapper.
Mo Holkar on 02/18

81)
Jeff dear, are you trying to pen another "God exists" response to Madd Maxx?
Madd Maxx

82)
With dawning horror, Frank realized that the second wife in a polygamous marriage was not tax deductable.
Miland

83)
Look, dear! You can move her just like a real woman, and you'll never guess where I've got my hand!
Ledasmom

84)
If you were REALLY heterosexual, dear, you'd want to join in!
Paul Cilwa in Mesa, AZ

85)
Don't worry about him, dear. Ever since his "accident" with the belt sander, he has to be content writing captions for cartoons!
Vern in KY

86)
Woman on right: Darling, I know we said we were going to have a threesome with Matilda here, but she and I have talked it over and we'd like you to leave so we can be alone together.
Chickchickaboom in Merlin

87)
Oh, Harold. When I said "Let us be gay" I didn't mean you!
Darev2005 in Midwest Hell
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Feb 18, 2009 | Comments (22)
Category: Weird Universe, Contest

GET READY FOR VOTING!

I've just turned off comments on the original Contest Post, so no more entries allowed!

Next up: voting!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Feb 18, 2009 | Comments (20)
Category: Weird Universe, Contest

Second WEIRD UNIVERSE Contest!!!

Welcome to the Official Second WEIRD UNIVERSE Contest. Those of you who recall the first one might remember that it was too short and mired in controversy. We aim to remedy that this time around.

First, though, to get you all excited, let's discuss the prize.

We've debated before on WU whether Germans possess a sense of humor. Now I can prove they do! There's a book about it! You'll see its title page immediately below. (What does not show is the copyright, which is 1903. So perhaps the question of whether the Germans have any sense of humor after starting two World Wars remains open.)

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Want a sample of the contents? Here it is! (Please pardon the blurring on the RH page. I think it's still readable enough for our purposes.)

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Weren't those hilarious kneeslappers? The winner of the contest will get 300 pages of similar material, delivered to him or her in a genuine DiFi Mailart Envelope!

Now, onto the contest itself.

We're stealing a trick from THE NEW YORKER. Below is an old cartoon from PUNCH. I've removed the caption. Your job is to provide a new one.

Here are the technical details.

1) Offer your new caption in the Comments section of this thread.

2) You have approximately 24 hours in which to play, from the time this post goes up.

3) When all the entries are submitted, I will declare a halt to submissions and compose a new post, repeating the entries in the main body of the post.

4) The readers of WU will vote for a winner! I will attempt to embed one of those online poll widgets via Polldaddy. But if I can't, you'll vote in the Comments section of the new post, and I'll tabulate manually.

5) Voting itself will last 24 hours from the arrival of the second post with the choices.

Got all that? Okay, start composing!





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Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Feb 17, 2009 | Comments (18)
Category: Weird Universe, Contest

First WU Contest Fallout!

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I goofed. Or, I was less than exemplary in my administration of the first WU contest.

This is why we do things more than once. To try to learn from our mistakes.

To recap:

First, the answer to my question was: Richard Dadd's "The Fairyfeller's Master Stroke." You can read all about the odd life of Dadd here.

Now, When Madd Maxx came up with the painter's name within about ten seconds after I posted that little snippet of canvas, I was floored. I had wanted to prolong the contest for a while, but had to admire Maxx's quickwittedness.

I also saw Mo Holkar's entry at the same time, although it had come in a minute or so after Maxx's. Mo's entry satisfied the exact requirements of my question: name of artist AND name of painting.

But due to some kind of brain fart, I declared Maxx the winner. Probably because for anyone who knows Dadd and his work at all, "The Fairyfeller's Master Stroke" is also well-known to be Dadd's most famous painting, and I made the mental leap--proven correct shortly afterwards by Maxx's subsequent ID of the painting title--that he, Maxx, knew the painting's name even though he had failed to provide it right away. Also running below the surface of my mind was this logic: that anyone who saw Maxx's initial ID of Dadd could have quickly googled Dadd, found the painting name, and come back with the combo I asked for, without having made the initial ID of the artist on the strength of their own solo knowledge.

Not that I am saying Mo Holkar did any such thing. Sixty seconds is probably too short for the google-fu I just described. And even if such a shortcut was used, the person would have been well within his or her rights, technically speaking, to amend the half-answer provided by the first person.

Anyhow, all this tortured reasoning is probably more than anyone wanted to hear. So I'll just say it again: I goofed.

What's to be done?

First, I would like to offer the admirable Mo Holkar a consolation prize: a copy of my story collection NEUTRINO DRAG. It's not as wonderful as the Ricky Jay book, but it's pretty weird. Mo, please email me your snailmail info via the Contact Button.

Second, in future contests, I vow to judge the answers strictly by the letter of what I asked for!

Thanks to all WU readers for your continued passion and support!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Oct 28, 2008 | Comments (1)
Category: Weird Universe, Contest, Corrections

First WU Contest Over!!!

Wow! You guys are good! Or that contest was way too easy!

Madd Maxx nailed the designation in record time, swiftly followed by one Mo Holkar.

So, Messr. Maxx gets the prize. He should send me his snailmail details through the contact link on the site.

We'll have to consider this brief event a trial run for future contests--made much harder, to challenge the brilliant WU audience.

Thanks for playing!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Oct 27, 2008 | Comments (0)
Category: Weird Universe, Contest

First WEIRD UNIVERSE Contest!!!

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Welcome to the very first contest sponsored by your pals here at WEIRD UNIVERSE.

Here's the deal:

The single prize is a used but in-good-shape trade paperback copy of Ricky Jay's Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women, an essential handbook for any true lover of the weird.




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The challenge: to win the book, you must identify the painting and artist behind this little visual snippet to the right. The painter is one of the more famous outsider artists of the past 200 years. With luck, this challenge will be neither too easy nor too hard. If the contest goes on for any length of time without a winner, I'll post more snippets of the canvas, and other clues.

Please make your guess in the COMMENTS section of this post, not through email. Priority of the response, in the case of multiple correct guesses, determines the winner.

When we have a winner, I'll get their snailmail and post the book with some of my mailart on the envelope.

Good luck, and play nice!



Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Oct 27, 2008 | Comments (6)
Category: Art, Weird Universe, Contest, Books
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