The CAUSE Cartoon Caption Contest for February is now taking entries
The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to
announce our 21st Cartoon Caption Contest. 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 next cartoon and the entry rules for the contest ending February 28 are at
The best captions will be posted on CAUSEweb and the winner(s) will receive their choice
of a coffee mug or t-shirt imprinted with the cartoon or free registration to eCOTS 2018.
January Results: We had 13 submissions for the January caption contest that featured a
cartoon showing the fruit section of a grocery store where there was an ample supply of
some fruits (like cherries and oranges) that are also out of reach of the customers while
the store was running out of other fruits (like apples and grapefruit) that were in easy
reach. The winning caption for the January contest was “Convenience samples just take
low-hanging fruit!” written by Larry Lesser from University of Texas at El Paso. Larry’s
caption can be a vehicle to discuss the nature of convenience samples and how they are
likely to differ from probability-based samples. A caption that received an honorable
mention was “Evidence that oranges and cherries are unpopular? Or that shelf-height
impacts sales?” written by Joe Nolan from Northern Kentucky University.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and congratulations to our winners!