The CAUSE Cartoon Caption Contest for July is now taking entries!
The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to
announce our 62nd Cartoon Caption Contest – now ongoing every month for over 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 July 31 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.
June Results: The June caption contest featured people on a merry-go-round reaching for a
brass ring. There is a small sign above the ring and contestants were challenged to
provide the text for the sign as well as a caption for the overall cartoon. The winning
sign/caption for the June contest was “Ride until you win,” on the sign matched with the
caption: “The p-value hacking carousel; the longer you ride, the greater the chances of
grabbing the elusive gold ring,” written by Jim Alloway from EMSQ Associates. Jim’s
caption can be used to discuss the multiple testing issue and the concept of p-hacking.
An honorable mention this month goes to Francois Bereaud from San Diego Miramar College
for the sign reading: “Ride Twice, Double Your Chances!,” matched with the caption:
“We've been riding all day, the Law of Large Numbers says we gotta get this ring!,”
which can be used by instructors for discussing misinterpretations of the Law of Large
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and congratulations to our winners!