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Thursday Photo Caption Contest

"Now everybody sing 'YMCA.'"

Last week’s photo of men swinging from the trees inspired many noteworthy captions, from the Pirates of Penzance to pigeon interception. Overwhelmed by choice, we turned to our guest judge James Kratsas of the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Michigan.

James was also overwhelmed—by grim memories of dancing at weddings, and he chose Marene B’s caption. Congratulations, and check your e-mail for a code to get 15% off your purchase in our eStore!

Like President Ford, the men in last week’s picture are graduates of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The caption reads “Vocational training for S.A.T.C. in University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Class in Pole-Climbing in the course for telephone electricians, with some of their instructors. University of Michigan, ca. 1918″ (ARC  533483; 165-WW-119A[1]).”

In this week’s caption, everyone’s feet are firmly on the ground—for now. (This image is also from our new exhibit, “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” which opens tomorrow with our Chief Culinary Adviser Chef Jose Andres!)

Put your tastiest caption in the comments below!

Your caption here!

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Comment from Michael watson
Time June 9, 2011 at 9:51 am

this is why your flight is delayed

Comment from JJT
Time June 9, 2011 at 10:56 am

Sorry sir, I can’t see how Mrs. Vanderbilt’s poodle ended up in the portable refrigerator.

Comment from Bryan Gibb
Time June 9, 2011 at 11:21 am

Officials from the TSA inspect the first ever documented example of a weapon of mass destruction – a crate carrying my Mother’s ill-mannered Chihuahua Freckles…

Comment from gboesky
Time June 9, 2011 at 11:31 am

Do you know the way to San Jose?

Comment from James garvin
Time June 9, 2011 at 11:31 am

So a 1937 GPS flight download took three people, 16 feet of paper, and a cart?

Comment from burble
Time June 9, 2011 at 11:36 am

While Smitty and Joe puzzled over the ruler, Susan began work on the calculations to fix the FTL drive.

Comment from Alexis Hill
Time June 9, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Crates of lettuce about to flown to eastern markets.

Comment from Gary Lutz
Time June 9, 2011 at 12:39 pm

A few minutes before the final test block of wood was fed to their new mascot by the staff of Terrifying Woodchuck Airlines

Comment from Gary Lutz
Time June 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm

“Yes, unfortunately, this second wood sample confirms it. What idiot put a box of termites in the cargo hold?”

Comment from Carlos Uribe
Time June 9, 2011 at 3:46 pm

“According to my slide-rule, we only have enough fuel to carry one of them. Hun, I”m sorry….”

Comment from Roxanne
Time June 9, 2011 at 5:16 pm

“And has this ruler been with you at all times, and did you pack this crate yourself?”

Comment from Hugh Ryon
Time June 9, 2011 at 5:44 pm

The note says: Deliver to H. Hughes, Las Vegas, Nevada

Comment from Paul Hamilton
Time June 10, 2011 at 12:23 pm

The Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938 mandated the use of Avian Dependant Surveillance, Broadcast (ADS-B), which used the timed automatic release of carrier pigeons from an onboard crate to track aircraft.

Comment from David
Time June 10, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Where does it say we can’t charge extra for bags?

Comment from Roxanne
Time June 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Fred and Marvin review the latest FAA ruling requiring all in-flight meals to be prepared on Easy Bake Ovens.

Comment from Jen
Time June 13, 2011 at 10:21 pm

TWA’s attempts at incorporating the freshest of chicken in their in-flight meals was a bit of a hassle for the flight crew.

Comment from Natalie
Time June 14, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Miss Jean was the only one who knew how to use the slide rule… she let the boys play with it from time to time.