The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to
announce our 18th 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 posted at the beginning of the previous month)
The next cartoon and the entry rules for the contest ending November 30th 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.
October Results. We had 29 submissions for the October caption contest that featured a
cartoon showing four magicians auditioning with each one reaching into a hat. One of the
magicians has a much larger hat than the others (also the cartoon does not show the bottom
half of the bodies of the other magicians). The winning caption for the October contest
was “Since Joe was the only one to do a power analysis before starting, he was the only
one with the size necessary to get the desired effect,” written by Greg Snow from Brigham
Young University. The judges felt that Greg’s caption provided a nice avenue for
facilitating discussions of planning for adequate sample sizes in experiments. An
honorable mention in the same vein also goes to “The bigger the sample size, the bigger
the magic,” written by Malcolm Wells, a student at New College of Florida. Another
honorable mention was given to the caption: “The audience at the ASA magic show was so
enamored with the big hat that they failed to notice that the statisticians with the
traditional hats were levitating with no visible support,” written by Jim Alloway of EMSQ
Associates. The latter caption may be used in discussing the value as well as the pitfalls
of big data.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and congratulations to our Winners!