SAN JOSE, Calif. – What were those balloons doing in the boardroom? I counted 61 responses to the March caption contest and an unusually high number of them tickled my funny bone.
I picked a winner who in the true spirit of the tech industry has an acronym for a screen name -- TFCSD. The prize is a colored copy of the cartoon from artist Daniel Guidera with your caption added to it.
So, TFCSD please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your snail mail address and I will arrange to have the artwork sent posthaste. I’d also love to hear what that acronym stands for -- hey, I’m a curious reporter.
By the way, I have yet to hear from last month’s winner, Doug S. Please let me know your address as well so a copy of our killer vine art can be sent your way. Now here’s this month’s winner:
Customer surveys strongly indicate our current products lack the feature to float more like lead balloons. Using these balloons as a model, marketing has tasked engineering to come up with practical solutions to utilize more lead in our next products and make them more floatable.
There were two runner ups in the contest last month. Both had crisp, practical captions that got a chuckle out of me.First runner up was seaEE:
"So we cut the weight of our product by 1/3 at about two pennies additional cost."
SeaEE was also a runner up last month. Keep trying, you are the Avis of EE comics and bound to strike big soon. By the way, are you in marine electronics?Second runner up was Wnderer:
“Bob misunderstood the request for a lecture on the use of baluns.”
There were several honorable mentions. NoNIckName_#2 Gets the Twofer award for these captions:
“You know, I thought it was too good to be true when the sales guy handling static charge generators promised free samples.”
“I don't think this will ever be as popular as beer Friday!”
Don Swaab wins the Veteran Captionista Award because I believe he has been competing since the EE Times
print days. Is that right, Don? His caption:
“To celebrate your Floating Holiday, you may decorate your cubicle with one of these colorful helium balloons, while coming to work as usual.”
A special thanks to Jen, a European PR manager for Premier Farnell, for responding to my call for volunteer judges. Of course, I have to disqualify her because she is not in engineering. Sorry, Jen, but keep reading!
I will say that for someone in marketing she has a very well developed sense of technical humor. For example, she sent me a picture of herself with the Raspberry Pi cake she helped create for the Embedded World event, which fell on Pi Day.
She also pointed me to a great April Fools gag from the folks at YouTube. If you haven’t seen it yet, I invite you to check it out here
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