The CAUSE Cartoon Caption Contest for August is now taking entries!
The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to
announce our 63nd Cartoon Caption Contest – now ongoing every month for over five years!
Each month a cartoon, drawn by British cartoonist John Landers, is posted for you and your
students to suggest statistical captions (cartoons are posted at the beginning of the
month and submissions are due at the end of the month). The caption contest is offered
as a fun way to get your students thinking independently about statistical concepts.
The next cartoon and the entry rules for the contest ending August 31 are at
The best submission will be posted on CAUSEweb and the winner(s) will receive their choice
of a coffee mug or t-shirt imprinted with the final cartoon.
July Results: The July caption contest featured a person sailing. The sail on the boat
shows a design that looks like a comparative time series plot. Meanwhile, there is group
of sharks circling the boat and a very menacing storm is seen in the distance. The winning
sign/caption for the June contest was “Graphs highlight sail-ient features of the data,”
written by Larry Lesser from The University of Texas at El Paso. Larry’s caption can be
used to highlight various features of the times series plots shown such as the seasonal
trends perhaps signaling the oncoming storm in the cartoon. An honorable mention this
month goes to Jim Alloway from EMSQ Associates for the caption: “When analyzing your
data, always be on the lookout for unexpected interactions,” which can be used by
instructors for discussing the idea of possible synergistic effects seen with interacting
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and congratulations to our winners!