The CAUSE Cartoon Caption Contest for May is now taking entries (with new deadline of May
The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to
announce our twelfth Cartoon Caption Contest. Each month a cartoon, drawn by British
cartoonist John Landers, will be posted for you and your students to suggest statistical
captions. (note the cartoons are posted early in the month with submissions due by the
10th of the following month)
The next cartoon and the entry rules for the contest ending May 10th 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.
April Results: We had 22 submissions for the April caption contest that featured a cartoon
showing a large number of people being washed away on a rapid stream while helicopters
worked to rescue some of them. The winning caption for the cartoon was
“With only a limited number of helicopters, search and rescue had to randomly sample from
a ‘pool’ of subjects,” written by Mickey Dunlap from University of Georgia. The caption
was chosen for it’s clever pun and ability to begin a discussion on the importance of
efficiency in sampling. A number of honorable mentions were also well received by the
“Better to ask for help BEFORE you're drowning in data!,” written by Larry Lesser from
University of Texas at El Paso;
“I guess I should have asked for more details before signing up for this "Streaming
Data" workshop,” written by Chris Lacke from Rowan University; “and
“On reflection, random sampling WITH replacement might not have been appropriate in this
scenario,” written by Aaron Profitt from God’s Bible School and College.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and congratulations to our Winners!