The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to
announce our 59th 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 April 30 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.
March Results: The March caption contest featured a cartoon showing a hospital room but
instead of patients being examined by medical staff, the medical staff are being examined
by regular people. The winning caption for the March contest was “Cross-over design … gone
wrong,” written by Kelly Spoon from San Diego Mesa College. Kelly’s caption can be used
to introduce the value of cross-over designs for reducing variability. Honorable mentions
this month go to Louis Rocconi from University of Tennessee for the caption: “Would you
trust your medical care to just anyone? Then don't trust your statistical analysis to
just anyone either!” and to George Divine from Henry Ford Hospital for his caption “Some
flipped classroom situations may work better than others!” and also to Sara Letardi from
Istat for her contribution focusing on conditional probability: “Is it more likely that a
doctor is also a patient or that a patient is also a doctor? Let's ask Mr. Bayes!”
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and congratulations to our winners!