We win!

. . . well, sort of.

The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science apparently held a contest (I don’t know what the prize was) for providing the best caption to this picture:

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And the winner was. . . . 

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How true! And how sweet it is.

“When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble shooter, the fastest runner, the big-league ball players and the toughest boxers. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser.”

—General George S. Patton, Speech to the Third Army, 1944

 

 

 

35 Comments

  1. Greg Esres
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Better as “Jerry Coyne’s Ark”.

  2. Posted May 14, 2014 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Fantastic! I laughed out loud!

  3. eric
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Hey Noah – quit smiling and change the litter ballast.

  4. mordacious1
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    Although I rarely comment (or read) Richard’s site anymore, I couldn’t pass up captioning a cartoon. My caption was:

    “Yes, I know what he said, but Australia is thousands of miles away and Egypt is practically next door”.

    I had missed the deadline to be considered though.

  5. Chak
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Great caption! Accurately captures Prof. Ceiling Cat.

  6. docbill1351
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Kink approves!

  7. Michael
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    I can understand the sentiment of samitchell79.

    After reading this website for a few months now, I’ve decided to get a cat. I told myself I wouldn’t after my last cat Seekee passed, about four months ago.

    It was that danged video of a cat begging for a hug that pushed me over the edge. I see there are some Japanese Bobtail’s available in my area.

    I have to talk my wife into the plan. That could be a problem.

    When my daughter lived at home with her two cats I got her a litter box that has rounded edges. It’s designed to roll over on it’s side, the clumped litter goes in a tray, the cleanish litter runs back into the bottom. Pull the tray and dump it in a bag and toss. Clean and disinfect once a month with one cat. Every two weeks with two. It’s the best litter box I’ve ever used, including a motorized self cleaning one that drags clumps into a compartment. Yes, somehow I wound up cleaning after her cats.

    It’s called the Omega Paw Self-Cleaning Litter Box, comes in regular and large. I have no interest or stake, I’m just a satisfied customer.

    • Diane G.
      Posted May 16, 2014 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

      Good luck with the wife-convincing, and if you prevail be sure to send Jerry a picture and brief story!

  8. Kevin
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    All three are precious (winner and runner-ups).

  9. samitchell79
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Yippie, I won a copy of his latest book “An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist”. Very cool!

    • Posted May 14, 2014 at 10:05 am | Permalink

      Congratulations!

      • samitchell79
        Posted May 14, 2014 at 10:17 am | Permalink

        Thanks Lou!

      • Mark Joseph
        Posted May 14, 2014 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

        I echo those congratulations!

        • samitchell79
          Posted May 15, 2014 at 7:47 am | Permalink

          Thanks Mark!

    • Posted May 16, 2014 at 3:41 am | Permalink

      Purrfect caption, congrats!

      [groan]

    • Diane G.
      Posted May 16, 2014 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

      Congrats, that was hilarious! I did laugh out loud.

  10. D. Taylor
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    If Jerry Coyne were Noah, I’m sure he would have a big smile and be cuddling one of the purring kittehs, just like in the picture.

  11. Posted May 14, 2014 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Bahahahaha!! Actually great! Great picture too :p

  12. Diana MacPherson
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    Ha ha. I wonder what the prize is. I saw this on RDFRS but the contest was well closed.

  13. Posted May 14, 2014 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Great cartoon and caption. Congratulations to all involved!

  14. Kev
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Noah: “Now that the cats have eaten all the other species, I suppose the stronger cats will start eating the weaker cats. I think I will call it Noah’s Theory of Survival of the Fittest”

  15. Posted May 14, 2014 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    Remember, boys and girls: for God so loved the world that he drowned each and every kitten and puppy and butterfly because he hated the world so much.

    b&

  16. Posted May 14, 2014 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Jerry, please explain why there are no Pallas cats, Andean mountain cats, sand cats,servals, caracals, ocelots, lynxes, cougars, jaguars, leopards, lions, tigers plus the many other cats with which I’m unfamiliar on the ark.

  17. @eightyc
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    I would have suggested,

    “There’s is hope for herding atheists”

    Or

    “If Noach can herd cats, then how hard can it be to herd Atheists”

  18. Kev
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Noah, I asked you last night if you’d remembered to close the cat flap

  19. Kev
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    Noah, I think he said “Two of each kind” not “Too many of each kind”

  20. Michael
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    I remember once on my way to the car as I went to work I looked at Poochie the cat, (named by my daughter) and told him “No parties while I’m out.”

    When I came home he was lounging in the front lawn with six other cats. It was the only time I ever saw more then two cats in my yard.

    • Diane G.
      Posted May 16, 2014 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

      That’s funny!

  21. Mark Joseph
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    Same heading; different context. The other day I saw a bumper sticker showing a Darwin fish, along with the caption, “We have the fossils. We win!”

  22. Kev
    Posted May 15, 2014 at 3:24 am | Permalink

    Noah, how long will it take for all the other species to re-evolve from felids? We’re at the sixth generation already, and they still look like house cats!

    • microraptor
      Posted May 15, 2014 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

      Well, evolution does predict that when a species reaches an optimized form, physiological changes will slow down or even stop.

  23. microraptor
    Posted May 15, 2014 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    Also, I’m not sure if you’re a magnificent bastard, but I have read your book!

    (Sorry, with the Patton quote I couldn’t resist)

  24. Posted May 16, 2014 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Excellent!


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