Frequent CIDU contributor Ooten Aboot (aka “Canadian Raising Is Real”) sent for our enjoyment news of The New Yorker working to out-do themselves with a variant on their widely-beloved Caption Contest. It’s a series of drawings, mostly by their cartoon artists, and mostly lacking captions, presented online as a “Daily Shouts” humor feature.
The intro write-up, by Dahlia Gallin Ramirez, goes like this:
Once a year, a team of demons at The New Yorker provides “cartoons” in need of captions. You, the readers—so full of hope, so charmingly mortal—upset yourselves trying to think of jokes. There are no submissions, no finalists, and no votes, but there are winners: the evil beings who created these uncaptionable images. Good luck!
From the New Yorker end-of-year Cartoons Issue. A two-page spread of five cartoons by Liana Finck titled “Stay-at-home Fun”, embodying puzzles or quizzes — credited, as this scan has captured, as “Puzzles by Liz Maynes-Aminzade and Andy Kravis”.
Yes, we’ve heard about the recent popularity of sea shanties on Tik-Tok and other youth social media. Also the idea of musically combining sea shanties with modern rap or pop music. All of that still leaves most of this Bliss cartoon unexplained!