[Round Two O.C.T.O.B.E.R. XVI] Grading captions

Earlier today on Facebook, I posted the following picture from my chalkboard in my office, and started a caption contest for it.  The idea came when I was thinking about a random thing which I sometimes did in my assignment book in eighth grade.  This particular drawing I never wrote in my planner, but it may have made perfect sense.1381576_10101072623560753_1863368072_n

I got a few captions, so I’ll review them here and give my evaluation.  I figured that I might do that instead of doing Facebook comments.

From Manny: “Here’s trouble and make it [more than] double!”

Interesting.  It seems to be a reference from Jessie & James of Team Rocket in the Pokemon series, who started their appearances with their version of the Team Rocket motto.  “Prepare for trouble and make it double! (etc.)”  That isn’t exactly what I was thinking of when I wrote this on the board, but it may have gone through my mind.

From Jane: “No clues?”

So I realize this probably isn’t intended as a caption, but I do like how I can interpret it as a caption.  Sometimes captions are mismatched with respect to the photo.  And in some sense, all those “troubles” could be that I’m bereft of clues on something (i.e. when I get stuck in research somewhere).  I can interpret things as I wish, so it may be more than you bargained for with the analysis!

From Jordan: “Trouble any way you spell it?”

Well, they’re all spelled the same except for the one that is written backwards.  Since I didn’t have any of them spelled differently, even if they are written differently, sorry, but this one is currently the weakest of the candidates.

From Storm: “All sorts of trouble?”

What’s with all the captions involving question marks?  I like this analysis, as I have cursive trouble, backwards trouble, and arcs of trouble.  This one is getting closer to what I had in mind when I was captioning it.  Bravo!

From Suzanne: “double trouble?”

I would be looking more for “Quintuple trouble!” as a caption, given that I use the word “trouble” five times.  However, the caption that I thought of has nothing to do with the numbers, for once!

From Debbie: “Nothing but trouble.”

A reasonable assumption.  However, this gets docked a little bit because my panel of keys (PANIC, ANTI-PANIC, CTRL, ALT, DEL) are still visible on the right-hand side of the board.  However, the idea of this is pretty close to the caption that I envisioned.  I’ll have to have two prize categories here!

From Suzanne (again!) “trouble all over?”

Ah-ha!  We’ve got a Chicagoan voting here!  Last minute and a second entry.  She might have read my mind a little bit!  Although this isn’t exactly what I’m thinking, it is the closest of all of them.  Although maybe not the funniest post, this wins the Similarity Contest.


When I was in eighth grade, I sometimes wrote words or pictures in light pen over my assignment book to give a literal meaning to “this has _________ written all over it.”

Therefore, the answer for which I sought was: “This has trouble written all over it!


Win: “trouble all over?”

Place: “All sorts of trouble?”

Show: “Here’s trouble and make it [more than] double!”



Win: “Here’s trouble and make it [more than] double!”

Place: “No clues?”

Show: “Nothing but trouble.”


Today is the sixteenth day of O.C.T.O.B.E.R.  That makes two weeks and two days.


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