Sunday Osbcure Science Photo Caption Contest – or – The New Yorker Does It, Why Shouldn’t Terry*? – or – “Sos-pic-cuh”

The New Yorker has a weekly cartoon caption contest where readers send in their own cartoon captions to a provided cartoon. The editors then choose three to be voted on by their readership. Given the often intriguing, historically significant, or just plain hilarious/bizarre nature of many old photographs with scientific content, I thought to myself, “Why the hell not do the same on Terry*?”

So, here I present to all of you the first “Obscure Science Photo Caption Contest”. There aren’t any prizes available for the contest participants – that is, beyond receiving acknowledgment of your formidable wit from your peers.

But where/how do you start? Let’s take the following as an example:


[source – NASA]

This above is an image of a technician preparing a scale airplane model for the AMES wind tunnel in 1942 – but, what might he be thinking? Perhaps something like…

“Now…how do I shrink the bloody wind tunnel?”

or maybe…

“Hey baby…it’s me…shh-shh-shh, don’t worry, we’ll take good care of you.”

or more likely…

“I hope the modification we made to the horizontal stabilizer improves the Reynold’s number”

Of course, it’s up to you to have a go at it – what better way to break up a dreary Sunday of studying? So, keeping in tune with an aerospace theme, here is an image of Yuri Gargarin – the first human to fly in space:

Geek on!

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Dave Semeniuk spends hours locked up in his office, thinking about the role the oceans play in controlling global climate, and unique ways of studying it. He'd also like to shamelessly plug his art practice: