Caption contest


Author: Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He has served on three expert committees of the National Academies of Science. His recent research appears in such journals as Addiction, Journal of the American Medical Association, and American Journal of Public Health. He writes regularly on HIV prevention, crime and drug policy, health reform, and disability policy for American Prospect,, and other news outlets. His essay, "Lessons from an Emergency Room Nightmare" was selected for the collection The Best American Medical Writing, 2009. He recently participated, with zero critical acclaim, in the University of Chicago's annual Latke-Hamentaschen debate.

12 thoughts on “Caption contest”

  1. I was once passing through some First Nations territory up on the Trans-Canada, and I pulled over for lunch. I asked an old bloke sitting next to me about all the little piles of rocks you see every mile or two, piled up like on a Jewish gravestone. He began: "the life on the reservations here is bleak. The education is terrible, there are no jobs, it is very hard on our young people, they miss the old ways".

    I asked: "so these piles of rocks are exhortations to their gods, or a lamentation on times when they were masters of the land?"

    "No", he replied, "there's just nothing to do in the afternoons, no school, no work, they're bored. They pile up those stupid rocks just to kill time. Next time they take that bend in some friend's pick-up, they can say "hey, there's the pile I made on Tuesday."

    Anyway, the first caption that came to mind was "I'm bored", but that's only funny to me.

  2. Area man accidentally submerges himself in weeds up to his shoulders after misinterpreting Mark Kleiman's latest analysis of marijuana policy entitled "Cut It Off At The Trunk To Nip Weed In The Bud."

  3. Old American Indian (Chief Wooden Head) saying, " I f you live too long, your face becomes long, wrinkled, and petrified!"

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