The CAUSE Cartoon Caption Contest for January is now taking entries
The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to
announce our eighth 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 post on the 2nd day of each month)
The next cartoon and the entry rules for the contest ending January 1 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.
December Results: We had 56 submissions for the December caption contest that featured a
cartoon showing five students taking a test with 4 appearing very anxious and one
appearing very calm. We had two co-winners for the December competition. The first was
Robert Garrett, a student at Miami University. Robert’s caption “Mark was pleased to note
that he was a significant outlier. Little did he know it was a two-sided test…,” was
selected for its ability to foster a classroom discussion about statistical hypothesis
testing and the effect of outliers. Our second winner was by Larry Lesser from The
University of Texas at El Paso (Larry’s second win in our caption contest). His caption
“The sadistic ANOVA problem made most students feel headed for an F test,” was chosen for
its ability to stimulate a discussion of the F test in ANOVA and about general student
anxiety about statistics.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and congratulations to our Winners!