The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to
announce our 56th Cartoon Caption Contest – now ongoing every month for over four 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 January 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.
Also, the deadline for the December 2020 contest has been extended to January 19 to allow
your spring semester students to have a chance to enter. The submissions page for that
contest is at
November Results: There were 40 entries for the November caption contest that featured a
cartoon showing a museum with statistical graphs on the wall instead of the usual art.
There are also a bunch of numbers on the floor and a maintenance person is using a vacuum
to clean them up. The winning caption for the November contest was “Without proper
context, statistics would be nothing more than numbers in a vacuum.,”
written by Chris Lacke from Rowan University. Chris’ caption can be used to discuss the
importance of context in data analysis. An honorable mention this month goes to Jeremy
Case from Taylor University for his caption “Data cleaning is key in the art of
statistical exploration,” that would aid in discussing the importance of data wrangling.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and congratulations to our winners!