Google Launches Search Cartoon Caption Challenge

    December 21, 2011
    Chris Crum

Google announced the launch of a search caption challenge. The challenge is to come up with the most creative captions for a series of cartoons where characters are searching Google. It’s as simple as that.

“Cartoon caption contests have a long history dating back at least to the 1930s, as can be seen in this example I found from Ballyhoo magazine,” explains Google VP of Engineering and Cartoons Udi Manber. “For our modern version, we worked with artists like Matthew Diffee, Emily Flake, Christoph Niemann, Danny Shanahan and Jim Woodring, who created cartoons that place characters in unusual, interesting and funny situations—all with a common twist. In each cartoon, one of the characters is doing a Google search. We’ve left it to you to imagine what they’d be searching for at that moment, and left the caption blank for you to fill in with your answer.”

There are 23 of them to choose from. Here are a few samples:

Google search caption

Google search captions

Google search captions

You can find them at Google’s Inside Search site, where you can submit your captions.

Your caption will appear on the site, and you can share it with friends with a unique link. At the site, users are also encouraged to vote for their favorite submissions.


Chris Crum
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