25 April 2008

Caption (absolutely no) contest! (Updated)

Update: Welcome Pharyngula readers! After you look at the animation below, please stick around, explore the blog and learn more about our project to build a sailing replica of the HMS Beagle, the little ship that changed the world.

A fortnight ago we launched a caption contest for the provocative image below, originally taken from Time's negative review of Expelled. We received twenty-six highly humorous entries, but there was one that towered, marble head and shoulders, above the rest, both for its comic value and also for the amount of work involved in realising it.

And so, without further ado, I give you the (slightly fishy-smelling) hands down winner; it's an animation by the geniuses over at Eclectech called "Ben Stein meets Darwin". Click the image below to view the animation, then come on back and read the runners-up below.


And now for the best text entries, as judged by an expert panel of me, in order of submission:
Thank you to all who entered. To see all twenty-five text caption entries, just read the comments of the original post. It was definitely a worthwhile endeavour, not least because it gave us all some slapstickfish comic relief on a Friday afternoon.

*an elaboration of the commonly used web shorthand "ROFL" (rolling on the floor laughing)

More updates:
  1. In the same vein, though not a caption contest entry sensu stricto, is this.
  2. Mr Stein is going regret his NHM visit. James F. McGrath at Exploring our Matrix did some photoshopping and captioning.
  3. Wow. Who would have guessed that this post would receive over 1000 2000 hits in less than three just five hours? Thanks, PZ...


Peter Mc said...

Yup, Eclectech by a country mile.

Anonymous said...

I like the third one (Origin of species meets origin of specious) but I would have turned it into "Origin of species meets origin of fieces".

Robert M.

Vic said...

Nice - I didn't know we had any Deathspell Omega fans here :)

JM Inc. said...

Oh, mine would've been:

"Well, one of us is going to have to move."

Anyone...? Anyone...?

Anonymous said...

what's ROFNHML?

Peter Mc said...

"Rolling On [the] Floor [of the] Natural History Museum Laughing" as I imagined Darwin might if confronted by a twerp of Mr Stein's kidney.

Richard Carter, FCD said...

I think Darwin missed an opportunity there: he should have used a fish with legs as his weapon of choice.

Tim Altom said...

I'm sorry I missed hearing about the contest until it was too late. I think I'd have submitted "Nevertheless, Ben, it still moves."