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Thursday Photo Caption Contest: February 23

"That Christmas, all the kids clamored for the iHorn."

Perhaps it was the effect of all four of those Seussian megaphones, but your captions were extra funny this week. We could indeed hear you now and we did need a Ricola to soothe our throats from chortling, but we finally had to call in to this week’s special guest judge.

Congratulations to Mandi! Your clever pun on tickled the iFunnyBone of Priscilla Foley, Archival Program Director at the National Archives at Boston.

We first spotted this spectular image on their Facebook page. And while we wish the man was listening for Horton or a Who, it turns he is listening the for aircraft.

The caption on Facebook read: “Acoustic location was used from mid-WW1 to the early years of WW2 for the passive detection of aircraft by picking up the noise of the engines. It was rendered obsolete before and during WW2 by the introduction of radar, which was far more effective. This photo shows an early model of an Army acoustical aircraft detector (around 1920). The operator would try to detect engine sounds from incoming planes. In calm air conditions a range of about 15 miles could be achieved but the speed of the aircraft in existence when the system was eventually abandoned was such that only about 4 minutes warning of approach could be given.”  RG 227 MIT Radiation Lab Publications Office Photographs.

The week’s photograph features a man and a low-tech device—give us your funniest caption in the comments below!

"Your caption here!"

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Comment from mickey king
Time February 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Yes, it’s true. I’ve sacrificed my own clothing to knit my dog a sweater.

Comment from Sarah Uthoff
Time February 23, 2012 at 5:31 pm

If I can’t wear perfect clothes, I won’t wear anything at all. Knit one, purl two.

Comment from Kerri McIntire
Time February 23, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Theseus confuses Ariadne’s instructions, and is lost forever in the Labyrinth.

Comment from Bryan
Time February 23, 2012 at 5:45 pm

“Once I finish these darn leg warmers I will have my whole Knit and Kaboodle ready for the dance recital!”

Comment from Tiffany
Time February 23, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Real men knit their own clothes!

Comment from Evin
Time February 23, 2012 at 5:55 pm

The pattern said Speedo but there are no leg holes.

Comment from Nancy Narma
Time February 23, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Ha! I won the bet! I told the guys I could knit a set of golf club covers!!

Comment from Jim Haas
Time February 23, 2012 at 5:58 pm

I’ll be glad when they open a Walmart

Comment from Bon
Time February 23, 2012 at 6:54 pm

This role-switching thing with the wife is for the birds!

Comment from John Matthew Lawlor Jr
Time February 23, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Wash day! Forgot the softener.

Comment from Maggie
Time February 23, 2012 at 8:11 pm

If I keep at it, I should have this done in time for the first snowfall–in the Sahara.

Comment from Elaine Schenot
Time February 23, 2012 at 8:32 pm

When they told me I’d be working with cables, I had no idea it involved double-pointed knitting needles.

Comment from Lil
Time February 23, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Hank wishes his Mom was still around…

Comment from jim
Time February 23, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Now let’s see her complain about me not planning ahead

Comment from Anne G
Time February 23, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Geppetto began to rethink the whole “making a boy from wool” thing. Perhaps he’d misread the instructions. Maybe that word was “wood”.

Comment from alisa
Time February 23, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Fredrico had a difficult time wooing the ladies with just his good looks. He decided to impress them with his knitting skills.

Comment from Barb
Time February 23, 2012 at 11:46 pm

I’m already behind on my Christmas knitting!

Comment from Mike
Time February 24, 2012 at 12:57 am

Charles appears perplexed…is it a sweater sleeve or a sock?

Comment from Alison
Time February 24, 2012 at 2:01 am

I wonder if this will make my butt look big?

Comment from debra
Time February 24, 2012 at 4:02 am

Maybe I should have put a matching cable in my underwear.

Comment from Pam
Time February 24, 2012 at 9:30 am

I thought the meeting was in Hawaii!

Comment from Carol
Time February 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm

When I was your age, we had to walk 10 miles to school. Uphill. In the snow. And we had to knit our own socks.

Comment from Angela
Time February 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Oh, man! Dropped stitch AGAIN??? Sarge said I have to finish this sock before sunset or I have to knit socks for the entire platoon!!!

Comment from Ryan Tickle
Time February 24, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Awkward dads and camera-toting tourists everywhere owe their fashion sense to Caesar Regalado; it was because of him that wearing socks with sandals first came into style. The year was 1934.

Comment from w.l.elms
Time February 25, 2012 at 9:04 am

These are the legs to my shorts winters coming

Comment from James
Time February 28, 2012 at 2:32 pm

At this rate it is going to take me forever to get dressed.

Comment from Darren
Time February 28, 2012 at 4:51 pm

The other guys at the camp laughed, but Sven knew they’d be jealous come winter when his cable knit unitard was done.

Comment from Jane
Time February 29, 2012 at 6:07 am

“Tarquin rued the day he’d joined the Roman Re-enactment Society.”

Comment from Lisa
Time February 29, 2012 at 11:28 pm

I really hope the sweater curse doesn’t work in reverse. I spent all my money on this wool and didn’t buy her a ring!

Comment from Rick
Time February 29, 2012 at 11:37 pm

This beats pulling KP duty!

Comment from Karen
Time March 1, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Chop Sticks? and you eat with them?

Comment from Mickey
Time March 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm

After being diagnosed with a wool allergy, Adonis stripped down to his woolen short shorts and knitted feverishly with cotton yarn.

Comment from meg
Time March 1, 2012 at 7:51 pm

I would have thought turning a heel would be easier than knitting my own swim suit!