The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to
announce our 58th Cartoon Caption Contest – now ongoing every month for nearly 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 March 31 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 and their caption.
February Results: The February caption contest featured a cartoon showing a fruit stand
selling different types of pears with a diverse group of customers lined up to buy them.
The winning caption for the February contest was “Weighing his options, the vendor decided
to use a matched pears t-test to determine whether his normal customers bought more fruit
on Tuesday or Thursday,” written by Jeremy Case from Taylor University. Jeremy’s caption
can be used to discuss the importance of using a paired analysis to reduce the variability
in the response for a heterogeneous population. An honorable mention this month goes to
Greg Snow from at Brigham Young University for a similarly themed caption: “The inability
of his spell checker to catch homonyms unfortunately lead John to try reducing variation
using a pear test instead of the proper paired test.”
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and congratulations to our winners