Saturday, November 09, 2013

Off topic: caption contest

I expect that most people have seen the delightful Nov. 11 cover of the New Yorker. But the weekly magazine that most people buy for its caption contest, passed up the opportunity to link a caption contest to this cover.

Let's see. "Fatal conceit" is taken. "Ignorant arrogance" is clunky.  "Arrogant ignorance" is not much better. "Social engineering is hard work" is too long. "Central planning is hard work" is not any better. "Hope and change" is rubbing it in. "If you like your current plan ..." is too painful. “But we have to pass the [health care] bill so that you can find out what’s in it....” is actually pretty good but a bit long.

Full disclosure: I have entered the actual caption contest a few times but never even made the best three. Time to move on.


On a serious note, Keith Hennessey cites all the unforced errors.