Monday, March 26, 2007

Caption contest

This photo which I took just now is crying out for a caption. I was thinking of calling it "Dreaming of opposable thumbs" or maybe "I prefer racing handlebars myself", but then I realised that the fact there are 20+ comments below on the extremely important question of which hand to carry shopping in demonstrates that my beloved readers are freaks with too much time on their hands willing to rise to any commenting challenge.

So with no further ado, I announce the parrot captioning contest! The person who comes up with the best caption* for the above photo by midnight Wednesday** will receive the unbelievably exciting prize of a postcard from sunny warmish autumnal Australia!***


* As judged by the completely impartial and objective Geekman. (He can't help it: he's a physicist.)

** My time zone. You'll have to work out the conversion yourself—I can't.

*** Assuming they are willing to give me their mailing address. Otherwise they might have to settle for praise and gratitude instead.


Pilgrim/Heretic said...

Just gimme a few of those performance-enhancing drugs, and I could make this thing fly.

Pilgrim/Heretic said...

George: You know, this used to be a helluva good country. I can't understand what's gone wrong with it.

Parrot: Hey man. All we represent to them, man, is somebody needs a haircut.

George: Oh no. What you represent to them is freedom.

Parrot: What the hell's wrong with freedom, man? That's what it's all about.

George: Oh yeah, that's right, that's what it's all about, all right. But talkin' about it and bein' it - that's two different things. I mean, it's real hard to be free when you are bought and sold in the marketplace. 'Course, don't ever tell anybody that they're not free 'cause then they're gonna get real busy killin' and maimin' to prove to you that they are. Oh yeah, they're gonna talk to you, and talk to you, and talk to you about individual freedom, but they see a free individual, it's gonna scare 'em.

Geeka said...

Parrot: The bell is on the other side moron, watch where you are putting that finger.

(You might not get this one. Tom-tom is the name of a GPS system you can buy in the states. When you talk to it, you have to actually call it Tom-Tom)

Parrot: My name isn'ttom-tom.

Miss M. said...

Oh drat, all that trouble to get [insert random birdy item here] up here and I dropped it! Maybe if I glare hard enough it will appear by my side.

Pilgrim/Heretic said...

(will be best understood to those who have traveled to Colorado):

Oh, look! It's Bike's Beak!

(okay, will try to stop playing now; this is oddly addictive)

Miss M. said...

[parrot] "Swing low, sweet chariot..."

[David Attenborough voice] A remarkable bird, the crimson rosella, with a very low alcohol tolerance...

StyleyGeek said...

You guys are awesome :)

Keep going!

StyleyGeek said...

Oh, and Miss M, if you win, I'm guessing a postcard from Australia isn't going to be all that exciting. So if you do, I'll buy you a drink instead.

Anonymous said...

"Can't let the keas have all the fun..."


Bardiac said...

"Two minutes from tire to flat."

Alternative: "If I just scootch my tail a little closer to the gear shift." [splotch!]

(word verification, I kid you not, "lebad")

Miss M. said...

"Vrrrooom, vrrooom"

Miss M. said...

Styley - I'll see how many I can come up with, aye? Maybe I'll win yet, but there's stiff competition!

hee hee, my great-aunt's been sending me the same postcard of Dunedin for the last 10 years because she never remembers to write until after she gets back from holidays. I keep wishing they'll put them out of print or something so she can't get any more.

Miss M. said...

"Ooooo, I've never been good with heights..."

Pilgrim/Heretic is right, this is addictive.

Dr. Brazen Hussy said...

This one is pretty nice. But do you have it in red?

grace said...

"Where we're going, we don't need roads!"

shrinkykitten said...

"Brakes? I don't need no steenkin' brakes."

"I'm king of the world!"

"Hey baby, like my wheels? Want to come up and see my etchings?"

"I'm a little teapot, short and stout..."

"Are you talkin' to me? Are YOU talkin' to me?"

"Are we there yet?"

"Polly want a bicyclette?"

"Hey, you, I'll pay you tuesday if you work the pedals for me!"

"I'm bringing sexy back..."

"I'm too sexy for my bike, too sexy for my bike. I'm so sexy!"

Okay, obviously I need to go back to no caffeine after noon.

(word verifications that combine q's, p's, g's, and d's are evil! Evil I tell you!!!"

Pilgrim/Heretic said...

OK, I say Shrinky wins out of sheer volume - and the "I'm too sexy for my bike."

My only hope is if Geekman is an Easy Rider fan... [sits down in defeat]

StyleyGeek said...

Okay, the competition is now closed! Geekman will decide on the winner later today.

geekman said...

Geekman puts on his judging hat.

First of all, let me say that I was shocked, shocked at the lack of bribery. Not one person tried to buy me off. How's a hard-working judge supposed to earn a living, hmm?

Anyway, since it looks like I have to be impartial, on with the decisions. Lacking an exact parrot captioning metric, I resorted to the method of narrowing it down to the three I liked best, and then randomly choosing from those three.

So, without further ado, the winner is...

"Two minutes from tire to flat."

Congratulations, bardiac!

StyleyGeek said...

I'm just going to pull that comment up to the main page.

Badaunt said...

Damn. Too late! But here's one anyway:

"Is that the toilet?"