The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to
announce our 77th 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 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 September 30 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.
The September caption contest cartoon is shown here. The judges found the winning caption
to be “Ga-ga in ga-ga out," written by Jonathan Boucher, a student at Colorado
University in Boulder. Jonathan’s caption can be a vehicle to discuss the old GIGO adage
(Garbage In Garbage Out) indicating how poor data may well produce poor results. An
honorable mention this month goes to Jim Alloway from EMSQ Associates for his caption,
“It’s not a valid survey if your participants don’t understand the questions.” Jim’s
caption aligns well with teaching about response errors such as when subjects
misunderstand a question and how that may bias survey results.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and congratulations to our winners!
If you’d like to try your hand at creating your own statistics cartoon or song or video or
poem, or other fun item, you should enter CAUSE’s A-mu-sing contest (see