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Thursday Photo Caption Contest

Onions, Again???

How could we choose between captions about skunk cabbage, the effects of fiber, and manly weeping? We asked Mitchell Yokelson, Investigative Archivist at the National Archives and author of books on military history, to look into the matter.

Congratulations to Kim B! After careful investigation, Mitch found your succinct summary of the situation to be the funniest. Check your e-mail for a code for 15% off in our eStore.

What’s really happening here? World War I was sometimes called “The Chemist’s War,” and a mask could save a soldier’s life. The original caption reads “Soldiers trying out their gas masks in every possible way. Putting the respirator to good use while peeling onions. 40th Division, Camp Kearny, San Diego, California, 03/1918″ (111-SC-7045; ARC 530714).

Last week’s photo featured the face, but this week’s photo features the . . . legs. Give us your wittiest caption in the comments below!

Your caption here!

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Comments

Comment from Reese
Time June 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Nom, nom, nom….

Comment from Susan
Time June 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm

The originators of the Mile High Club.

Comment from Burble
Time June 23, 2011 at 2:50 pm

To save rubber for the war effort, the Air Force abandoned tires and replaced the landing gear with legs.

Comment from suzanne harter
Time June 23, 2011 at 2:52 pm

“Scalpel.”…

Comment from JK
Time June 23, 2011 at 2:58 pm

That’s my nose you stuck that in.

Comment from Jeff
Time June 23, 2011 at 3:10 pm

The early design concept for the Rockettes was slightly flawed.

Comment from Rodger
Time June 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm

… YES! ~ I KNOW I was wearing TWO earrings when I came to work this morning !!!

Comment from Towner B
Time June 23, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Martha and Claire quickly realized they should have gone with the horse costume instead.

Comment from Elias Guetaneh
Time June 23, 2011 at 3:33 pm

This is not what I had in mind when they said close quarter combat.

Comment from John Whittemore
Time June 23, 2011 at 3:42 pm

“If you want to meet in private next time, pick a bigger plane”.

Comment from Gwyneth Duncan
Time June 23, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I told you the pilot was ticklish!

Comment from Derek
Time June 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm

… curtains on the windows, a nice light yellow on the walls, we could really brighten these things up!

Comment from Gary Lutz
Time June 23, 2011 at 4:51 pm

“Lost luggage”, my foot!

Comment from Gary Lutz
Time June 23, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Being an aviator is one of those jobs that will eat you alive.

Comment from Jeremy
Time June 23, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Don’t pick your nose!

Comment from Jeremy
Time June 23, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Do I have something in my nose??

Comment from Towner B
Time June 23, 2011 at 5:08 pm

As Margo and Betty dangled helplessly, they considered how to enact revenge after Jake’s little trap door prank. At least, thought Betty, the dress code didn’t permit skirts.

Comment from GermanGenealogist.com
Time June 23, 2011 at 5:14 pm

If you think I’m wearing these nice slacks up in here, you’re full of it!

Comment from Hugh Ryon
Time June 23, 2011 at 5:27 pm

” We have to stop meeting like this!”

Comment from Emily
Time June 23, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Don’t ask! Don’t tell!

Comment from Hugh Ryon
Time June 23, 2011 at 5:32 pm

John….. Marsha……Johnnn…..Marshaaa…..JOHN……..MARSHA…MARSHA…MARSHA….JOHN…JOHN…..JOhnnnnn….

Comment from Sarah L.
Time June 23, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Worst Halloween costume ever.

Comment from Jane Long
Time June 23, 2011 at 7:27 pm

There IS more room than in the overhead bins.

Comment from mae_dae
Time June 23, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Any idea where these leftover parts go?

Comment from Alexis Hill
Time June 23, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Peeping through a plane’s engine.

Comment from alisa
Time June 23, 2011 at 10:03 pm

“Here is our new design for a fighter jet to confuse the enemy.”

Comment from Towner B
Time June 24, 2011 at 10:17 am

Remind me again why we call this the “moon hatch?”

Comment from Roxanne
Time June 24, 2011 at 11:23 am

Strangely, “Maws,” Speilberg’s first pass at a disaster film which starred a man-eating bomber, just couldn’t get Hollywood execs excited.

Comment from Kim Kortenbach
Time June 24, 2011 at 6:00 pm

“This is the last time we are flying by the seat of our pants!”

Comment from Laura K.
Time June 28, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Are you sure this is the way to First Class?

Comment from Radical Edward
Time June 28, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Would someone turn off the engine air intake?

Comment from Mark S
Time June 29, 2011 at 7:45 am

You spend all day with your head up what?