Never seen such a thing: Caption voting is at a tie for first, second, and third places ... next I expect planets to start aligning
As of 8:30 am here in chilly Massachusetts, we have the oddest tie I've ever seen going on in the caption voting: out of the 9 captions that made it to the finals, two have received 25% of the votes, two 13%, and four 6%. It's a beautiful thing but, like everything so magically aligned, it just can't last. By the end of February we need to have a clear front runner so we can, finally, award the first caption winner of 2012! Click here to go to the ballot!
Contributor-extraordinaire David Ashton offered to help pick our final January captions for voting and so forsook his chance to win this month -- in exchange, I took his suggestion of adjusting our number of finalists depending on the total number of captions submitted -- once again, check out the comments below for details.
MarkBort's caption, "While very eager to impress his staff, yet mesmerized by the product's
excellent realism, Jack cleanly sent his lucky ball into the R&D lab's new
65-inch flat screen" didn't make it into the finals, but it did bring us an entertaining story from zeeglen: "Mark, this brings to mind an off-topic episode of a similar nature. Long ago my
TV Sales-and-Service boss was called to a customer's home to inspect a fracture
of the CRT screen of a brand new TV set. He remarked that it looked very much
like a foreign object had been propelled at the screen and thus was not covered
by warranty. Later the customer interrogated his kids. They finally
admitted that yes they had been playing hockey in the living room using glass
marbles for pucks. Your caption brought that memory back."