Choose a winner for the caption contest

This post, showing a photograph from Doug Mills of The New York Times generated over 1000 comments. To pick the best caption for this, I have a voting poll below. May the best caption win.

Here are the top ten eleven (well, I just had to add my own) captions based on our proprietary feedback model. The captions are rotated so that there is no regular top down order, and vote stuffing is discouraged by IP tracking.

The winner will get a personalized photo with their caption and front page post on WUWT with attribution, plus a bag of rock salt. Merry Christmas everyone! – Anthony

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December 24, 2009 4:39 pm

“Message from Lord Monckton for you, sir. What does ‘All your base are belong to us’ mean?” <– That one is pure awesome. Merry xMas!

Bill S
December 24, 2009 4:40 pm

OK – I’ll believe it is a conspiracy.
Just for the fun of it I played with a couple of search engines.
A few days back “Hide t” gave a top fill in response of Hide the Decline.
Today – nada zilch nihil nope – you have to type it out completely.

Son of a Pig and a Monkey
December 24, 2009 4:47 pm

Completely torn between “Mission accomplished” and “Shovel ready”. Both pithy and to the point.

December 24, 2009 5:12 pm

“The Al Gore Effect”
Priceless !!!

December 24, 2009 5:14 pm

And a very merry Christmas to you and yours Anthony! (That includes the “staff” at WUWT)
I’m off to dream of sugar plums. (I have 5 prezzies under the tree with my name on them!)

December 24, 2009 5:15 pm

“All your base” song from video game, in case you’re unfamiliar. It’s 20 years old.

December 24, 2009 5:16 pm

Every time Obama says “Let me be perfectly clear . . .” it is the lead in to a gigantic lie. It is the essence of a serial liar.

Frank Ravizza
December 24, 2009 5:17 pm

Shovel ready.

December 24, 2009 5:24 pm

Merry Christmas to all.
Thanks for an educational and entertaining year.
And Anthony, thanks for the important work you do.
I’ve stuck a little something in your stocking.

December 24, 2009 5:29 pm

How ’bout “Do you think we could hide the de-plane?”

December 24, 2009 5:37 pm

Merry Christmas all. Somehow I think this winter will be one for the books. I remember as a teenage reading a verse from the Bible that said, “The universe fights on the side of the just.” Don’t ask me where it is, but it stuck. I think about that everytime the “Gore” effect shows up.

December 24, 2009 5:38 pm

“I’m officially renaming this plane, Air Force Hockey stick graph!!!”

December 24, 2009 5:39 pm

Anthony, mods and commentators –
This is the bestest Christmas evah!
Thank you all for your tireless efforts on behalf of those who seek the truth.
Merry Christmas, and all the very best for the festive season!

December 24, 2009 5:40 pm

Remember. Weather is not climate.
Merry Christmas.

December 24, 2009 5:44 pm

“Whoa! How’d the polar bear get on this plane?”

What Obama Most Likely Really Said
December 24, 2009 5:46 pm

Obama: Quote for the press, “If it wasn’t for global warming, this would be an Ice Age event”. They’re so gullible they’ll buy anything I say now.

Bill in Vigo
December 24, 2009 5:48 pm

Merry Christmas to all my friends at WUWT. Though we don’t always agree it is so nice to visit a site about climate and have a reasonable discussion with out all the name calling and a large number of the commenters signing their names taking responsibility for their opinions and posts.
I consider each and everyone here a friend and look forward everyday to visit the site. It is a great credit to Anthony and all his elves that this site is so educational and inspiring.
Bill Derryberry

December 24, 2009 5:49 pm

I’m sorry Mr. President, you are going to have to wait at the terminal for quite a while before the limo shows up. It seems that they are having a hard time attaching the snow plow to the Prius Hybrid. No, I can’t explain it either. The snow plow worked fine for Bush when they used a F-150.

Methow Ken
December 24, 2009 5:51 pm

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year, and/or whatever salutation is most appropriate for Anthony and all at WUWT.
If only the people currently in charge of the Executive and Legislative Branches of the US Government in D.C. were even remotely as inclined to true public service as WUWT, the USA and the world would be far better off. . . .

December 24, 2009 5:56 pm

I threw a little tip in the jar, too, to thank Anthony for the serious work, and also for the sheer entertainment value of Climategate and associated hijinks!
WUWT has been required reading, every evening.
The quality of posts from both Anthony and the guest posters, has really made the Climategate scandal interesting and exciting, like a detective novel, and yet very important and provocative to think about.
Merry Christmas, all!

December 24, 2009 6:09 pm

(My remark: February 3, 1959, was the night, when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper, and their pilot died in a plane crash, near Clear Lake, Iowa, during a blizzard.)

December 24, 2009 6:10 pm

Weren’t we supposed to go south out of Copenhagen?
Good for global warming … else we couldn’t get the gantry out!

Dick O
December 24, 2009 6:14 pm

I thought i told phil to address this situation.

Wayne Richards
December 24, 2009 6:27 pm

Happy Fill-in-the blank to you and all your people.
Thanks for all your work, not forgetting getting Steve at CA running again after his own blizzard. The importance of your effort this year may even exceed that of last year, when Surface Stations had its great sprint towards the end.
I’m putting a particularly shiny lump of coal into your tipple jar.

December 24, 2009 6:34 pm

None of these make me laugh. However… I tend towards internet meme humor.

Mark Wagner
December 24, 2009 6:35 pm

From the “Weather is not Climate” Department:
Three inches of snow in my Dallas front yard right now.
I haven’t seen this much snow in….er…
I haven’t seen any snow in December since… er…
I haven’t seen snow in December in a long long time.

December 24, 2009 6:37 pm

Actually, the blank caption seems to be the smartest one to my eyes – the symbol of a stunned snowed president voiceless both from lack of success in Copenhaguen, snowy mess at home and an unexpected meteo-is-not-climate event : too much at the same time for being properly assimilated.
I have a caption proposal : ” Sir, John Holdren’s team wants to assure you they will keep supporting you in the fight against warming no matter what happens. “

December 24, 2009 6:38 pm

Merry Christmas to Anthony, the mods and contributors. Many thanks for the information and entertainment.
This is clearly George Bush’s fault!

December 24, 2009 6:39 pm

Merry Christmas to all the WUWT readers and to “Anthony and the Mods” (Dooo-WA!)

ian middleton
December 24, 2009 6:51 pm

Gore gets it.
Merry Christmas Anthony and the moderators, you have done an exceptional job this year. Thankyou.

December 24, 2009 6:52 pm

Merry Christmas or what ever holiday season you prefer to celebrate.
Thanks for great entertainment the last few weeks and your cutting edge coverage of the story of the year that the mainstream media is trying to hide under the rug.
(that’s the big lump in the rug that no one wants to talk about.)

December 24, 2009 6:53 pm

Merry Christmas to all and a safe and Happy New Year!
“Its Global Warming, sir. We’ll be grounded until they get the data to show it’s warming again.”

ian middleton
December 24, 2009 6:56 pm

It’s the rock salt that had me rolling around laughing.

Roger Knights
December 24, 2009 7:01 pm

Here are my nominations forn top ten. (The first two were mine.):
“Get outta here with that parka!”
“Shovel ready?” (This is the only one that’s also on Anthony’s list.)
I leave Biden in charge for ONE day…….
“Phew, good job I used the phrase “climate change”; otherwise I would have looked a right boob.”
”Looks cold…I hope they left the limo running”
“How can there be snow ? I’m sweating…”
“We are not amused”

Mike McMillan
December 24, 2009 7:05 pm

It must suck to be in the MSM, having to pass up all these genuine gems.
Merry Christmas to us, one and all, and a WUWT New Year.

December 24, 2009 7:19 pm

Merry Christmas and thanks to all.
All I want for Christmas is… let’s save the world from global warming alarmists!

December 24, 2009 7:38 pm

Shovel Ready is brilliant invocation of a political buzzphrase outside of AGW politics, but its context would be lost on non-Americans. Declare a moral victory for it anyway!

DJ Meredith
December 24, 2009 7:44 pm

Seriously off-topic…but I just had to do a heads-up….
Polluting pets: the devastating impact of man’s best friend
……which led me to an alternate caption….”Mr. President, tonight’s inflight meal will be pan seared Bo with a merlot reduction. The snow, sir? Mr. President, our efforts have been successful, and we’ve reversed global warming.”

December 24, 2009 7:45 pm

OT, but our Sun is going to bed on the Christmas day?

December 24, 2009 7:48 pm

The first thing I thought was, “Did Algore get here before me?” But Lord Monckton one is the one I like the best. Nothing I’d like better than to see a Lord rub a commie’s nose in his own mess.

December 24, 2009 7:49 pm

“I *told* you we shouldn’t have given Al a lift home!”

December 24, 2009 7:56 pm

Hey I think that top 10 or 11 is biased

December 24, 2009 8:01 pm

Can’t you just see the NYT or some other newspaper publishing a study saying, in all seriousness, that we really do have warmer snow now? I can.

Dave Dodd
December 24, 2009 8:13 pm

new email, got tired of the spammers!
deVereGuy (17:29:21) : (with apologies:-)
“De-plane, de-plane, hide the de-plane!”
Merry Christmas to Anthony and all the moderators, and thanks for all you do!

December 24, 2009 8:14 pm

“All your base email are belong to us!”
Merry Christmas and/or Happy New Year, folks.
We are the champions, my friends!

photon without a Higgs
December 24, 2009 8:16 pm

There are still several snow fall records happening every day in the United States since this photo was taken.
For example: today there was 14.2 inches of snow in a single day—in Oklahoma City!! That’s an all time single day record there!
And Texas has had several snow fall records—yes, Texas!

Evan Jones
December 24, 2009 8:18 pm

All pretty good.
My vote is “Mission Accomplished”.
(And I say that even though I am an ardent liberal supporter of the War in Iraq. And dang them conservative isolationists!)
P.S.: For your entertainment: The fabled Lost Ending to “It’s A Wonderful Life”.

photon without a Higgs
December 24, 2009 8:28 pm

Merry Christmas everyone!

December 24, 2009 8:29 pm

evanmjones (20:18:27),
You have a sick sense of humor.
I like it!

December 24, 2009 8:32 pm

Do we vote once a day?
Reminder: “Best Science Blog – 2009” voting starts in a couple of weeks.
And you can vote once a day.

December 24, 2009 8:41 pm

Snow jobs deserving of one another!
Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2009 8:43 pm

Obama: Let me get this straight, you replaced the jet fuel with soy milk and durian oil mixture , glued some sage smudges to the undersides of the wings, and it COMPLETELY reversed Global Warming?
Crew Chief: Apparently so. But there’s one little problem …
Obama: What’s that smell?
Crew Chief: uhm …

Leon Brozyna
December 24, 2009 8:59 pm

A very Merry Christmas to all.
And to Sir Anthony & the Mods — congrats on a terriffic year, especially the past couple months.

December 24, 2009 9:00 pm

“It’s just the beginning, sir.”

April E. Coggins
December 24, 2009 9:02 pm

Merry Christmas, all. Thank you for all you do. May God bless you and yours in the coming year.

December 24, 2009 9:06 pm

Merry Christmas to Anthony and mods and commentators at WUWT! Thanks for all the intelligent sharing that goes on here: you fellow skeptics have saved my sanity this year, after I stumbled across this site. What a boon to humanity so many of you here are (L&R)!

December 24, 2009 9:15 pm

“Wait a minute. That guy with the de-icer looks a lot like Dick Cheney.”

Pete M.
December 24, 2009 9:18 pm

Welcome to Texas, Mr. President

December 24, 2009 9:25 pm

I want to request a FOI on the results, make sure that its Peer Reviewed, blah, blah…. 🙂
Ladies and Gentleman of WUWT, have a very Merry Christmas.

photon without a Higgs
December 24, 2009 10:15 pm

more weather is not climate:
First snow ever on Christmas Eve in Waco, Texas.
h/t The Weather Channel

December 24, 2009 10:19 pm

1) “A global warming conference in December… what a bunch of geniuses.” – I first laughed at this one. I guess since I had just spoken with someone about that a short time earlier.
2) “Mission accomplished” – an pointedly entertaining fair turn of phrase against a very aggressively critical current Pres. about the prior Pres.
Finding WUWT about a year ago was a fantastic discovery for me and, as for many others, has won my multiple times daily attention. As has been testified to above WUWT is an indispensable instrument for reasonable scientifically oriented forays and interaction regarding one of the most impacting challenge to the human condition. Congrats to Anthony, the Mods, guests and sensible commenters and readers for constructing and contributing to this endeavor that has been hugely influential in re-inserting objectivism (skepticism) into the AGW debacle.
Vote daily!
Merry Christmas, etc. to all, and to all a good night (morning in my case).

Gerald Machnee
December 24, 2009 10:28 pm

“Somebody took the snow out of the context!”

December 24, 2009 10:29 pm

Got 29.4 million hits on Yahoo! search for hide the decline; no auto-prompt for anything less. The battle continues. Thanks to WUWT and Merry Christmas and stay the course!!

December 24, 2009 10:32 pm

“It is rotten snow” is not shown amongst the answers with number of votes.

Vote Quimby
December 24, 2009 10:34 pm

In regards to the “Shovel Ready” line, is it a Socialilist shovel?? 🙂
Merry Christmas to you Anthony and all in involved in this great site.

December 24, 2009 10:40 pm

I liked, “I shall now proceed to walk on water.” Obama’s fevered supporters probably never thought that his Messianic promises would be comprised only by him walking on ice “water”, and the like.

December 24, 2009 10:45 pm

How about, “If you can read this, you are a Climate Change denier”?

December 24, 2009 10:47 pm

Merry Christmas Anthony, tireless mods, contributing writers, and the community of WUWT. I sincerely hope you all enjoy the holidays with the ones you love.
Manfred Kintop
Calgary, AB

Hank Hancock
December 24, 2009 10:48 pm

Merry Christmas to Anthony, contributors, and moderators who’s efforts make WUWT one of the most informative and best science sites on the web.
And also to all of the insightful commenters who frequent WUWT. Anthony’s articles provoke a gold mine of comments and discussion. Through reading your comments I have learned much and still have much to learn.

December 24, 2009 10:59 pm

“Get the Gun ready Mr Presidents, there could be Polar Bears Outside!”

Phillip Bratby
December 24, 2009 10:59 pm

Thanks to you and the team for another great year. 30million hits by the year end! Happy Christmas. Wishing you all a resounding success for 2010.

Darell C. Phillips
December 24, 2009 11:04 pm

“I told you to take me to the White House, not the white-out!”

December 24, 2009 11:10 pm

“See – I told you if I went to Copenhagen I could stop Global Warming.”

December 24, 2009 11:24 pm

Hi folks – All me mates and their gf’s / wives / kids say hi and Merry Christmas. Most believed in GW but after a few drinks they are with us now…

Steven Douglas
December 25, 2009 12:09 am

“Mr. President, it looks like we just blew a seal.”

Roger Knights
December 25, 2009 12:43 am

“Anyone for a game of hockey?”

December 25, 2009 1:20 am

Hollywood exaggerates.

December 25, 2009 1:40 am

Curses! Even moving the climate conference to Mexico didn’t work!

Kim Moore
December 25, 2009 1:41 am

” *%$#!!! Somebody call NASA. I need to talk to Hansen!”

December 25, 2009 2:17 am

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Anthony and all the mods.
O/T, sorry, but your theads are getting so long as more and more supporters join in that my scolling digit is getting cramp as I work my way back to the top of the page in order to click on your other items.
Is it possible for you to put a “Return to the top” button, say, on the same line as the check box for “Notify me of follow-up etc”.
Many thanks for all your efforts.

December 25, 2009 2:24 am

Quote me on this Bob. “As you can see and as I make perfectly clear, our unprecedented agreement has already taken effect.”

December 25, 2009 2:25 am

Merry Christmas to all — including the Team. I hope they enjoy this vid…


Gareth Phillips
December 25, 2009 2:25 am

The good Lord obviously has a sense of humour Mr.President.

December 25, 2009 3:02 am

My original caption suggestion: ”Gaia is a denier!”
This and many other suggestions in the original list match or surpass the ten that have been dictated to us by Anthony (including, surprise, surprise, his own). It would have been democratic to have given us a vote on all of the suggestions, so that we had a full choice (I would have voted for Cynthia’s brilliant suggestion, also not included here). This isn’t democratic. It’s a fix. I’m sure the MSM will now have a field day – criticising Anthony for criticising fixes at places like the CRU. Actions speak louder than words.
I’m a democratist. I don’t do fixes when it comes to democracy. WUWT has failed the democracy test. I’m voting with my feet – and leaving.

December 25, 2009 3:18 am

My entry. Better late than never.
“Now is the time for Mike’s Nature trick to hide the snow”

Ken Harvey
December 25, 2009 5:47 am

“Co-pilot – you were supposed to turn that hockey stick over the other way!”

Hans Kelp
December 25, 2009 5:54 am

As there are more of me today then there were yesterday, I just want to say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you from all of me here in Denmark. It´s always a joy to visit WUWT.
Thank You.

Big Al
December 25, 2009 6:46 am

A very Merry Christmas to you and your crew .
It’s been a crazy year, and I suspect it’s not over yet!

December 25, 2009 6:53 am

I had much difficulty choosing between these two:
“A global warming conference in December… what a bunch of geniuses.”
“But it’s a warm snow.”
The Bush mess was my third favourite.
John M Reynolds

Particular Individual
December 25, 2009 6:57 am

Mission Accomplished… Instant classic.

Alan S
December 25, 2009 7:07 am

Happy Christmas
and a big thank you to all who contribute here.

December 25, 2009 7:09 am

A very non-alarmingly warm Christmas to all!

December 25, 2009 7:34 am

“Shovel ready?” wins my vote for a ‘triple entendre’.
BTW, how’s the contest going for the Climategate Logo?…

Joseph Murphy
December 25, 2009 7:41 am

“All your base are belong to us!” Hahaha, I laughed hard at that one. Nothing better than old memes!

Steve Keohane
December 25, 2009 7:50 am

“I’m not getting off this plane until it is 70° and that white stuff is gone. What does it take to get a decent photo-op around here?”

December 25, 2009 7:52 am

I would have preferred “Weather is not climate…must remember…weather is not climate…”

Mike B
December 25, 2009 7:54 am

You have to think like Obama would!
“Well look at that, our successful Copenhagen plan is already working!”

December 25, 2009 8:02 am

How about:
“What happened? I thought they HID the decline.”
Marry Christmas everyone.

François GM
December 25, 2009 8:03 am

“Somebody took the snow out of the context!” from someone above is not up there for the vote but is my favorite. I would add “… move on”

December 25, 2009 8:20 am

As ‘author’ of “Mission accomplished,” I would like to change my entry to “Miasma accomplished!”

December 25, 2009 10:42 am

Hawaii, 2015.

December 25, 2009 10:56 am

When I sang “I’ll be Home for Christmas” I didn’t mean friggin’ CHICAGO!

Lawrie Ayres
December 25, 2009 12:27 pm

It’s Christmas in Australia and we have milder (not too hot) weather. Best of all is that one of the worst affected areas of the current drought is receiving some good rain from my namesake, ex cyclone Lawrence.
The politics is shifting and more people are asking for the truth. The MSM continues to deny and so does Rudd (PM) but the blogs are gaining. Thanks to WUWT and others for providing the media and the momentum to expose this mother of all scams. There is still a long way to go but now we have hope.
Merry Christmas to all. I look forward to the enquirys and the prosecutions. The mid terms in the US should indicate the way ahead.

John from MN
December 25, 2009 12:27 pm

How about………….”I’m confused……Your telling Me the CRU’s “Trick” only works on Paper and the on the Ignorant Masses?”

D. Patterson
December 25, 2009 12:42 pm

It’s worse than they thought!”

December 25, 2009 12:56 pm

This is Err Farce One requesting a de-icing crew…

December 25, 2009 1:19 pm

How about “Climate-Change you can’t land a jet in”

December 25, 2009 1:49 pm

“These must be the Snows of Yesteryear”

December 25, 2009 3:24 pm

All Your Base Are Belong To Us
Yeah !

December 25, 2009 3:26 pm

Hotter than never before they said !

December 25, 2009 3:35 pm
December 25, 2009 3:39 pm
December 25, 2009 3:39 pm

“Sir, we have to get the best PR firm that money can buy to handle this and put down that Climategate thing.”
The statement above is pure hypothetical fiction inspired by the film ‘Power’ (1986) starring Richard Gere. Any correspondence to real events would be coincidental.

Louis Hissink
December 25, 2009 4:12 pm

How about ” Oh heck, Al and Tipper beat us home again!”

John J.
December 25, 2009 4:46 pm

It’s Obamaminable snow, man!

Pete B
December 25, 2009 5:53 pm

“Sir, did I ever tell you the joke about a jackass that froze to death in the middle of a corn field on a hot summers day?”

Pete B
December 25, 2009 6:08 pm

“When he mentioned snow job, I thought he was talking about the speech he was giving to the Copenhagen Conference delegates!”

D. Patterson
December 25, 2009 6:40 pm

“”Few challenges facing America and the world are more urgent than combating climate change.” (Barack Hussein Obama)
Mann-made or man-made?

December 25, 2009 7:13 pm

Aw, man, the Gore Effect came in second. Well played with the Bush reference. Looks like it’s time for me to concede defeat 🙂

December 25, 2009 9:00 pm

Thank Anthony for all your hard work. I hope that we will one day have a ticker tape parade for the heroes of Climate Realism such as yourself.
Best wishes for Christmas and nextyear to you and your family and all readers.

amicus curiae
December 26, 2009 7:37 am

crosspatches comments had me howling with laughter,
I didnt get the all your bases, thought anthony had meant all your Biases..
thanks for the clip link. I would have possibly voted that one..bit I didnt:-)
I love reading the articles and some rational discussions,
Thanks to Anthony and everyone, and Merry whatever to you all.

Nigel Whitehead
December 26, 2009 8:14 am

“It’s the EPA plan to save us, Mr President – by precipitating it all out as Dry Ice.”

Erik Christensen
December 26, 2009 9:33 am

“See!, I told ya! – the sky IS falling!”

December 26, 2009 3:04 pm

They call that a travesty? THIS is a travesty!

December 28, 2009 6:39 am

Kinda lame, but why not – “What you talking about Willis {Eschenbach]?

R Stevenson
December 29, 2009 7:44 am

If its snowing in Hawaii I swear I,ll subscribe to WUWT or even start contributing to it myself!
REPLY: Pay up, sucka! 😉 – A
Storm brings heavy rains to most islands, snow to Big Island summits

Wakefield Tolbert
December 29, 2009 8:40 am

OK. Late entry:
“Should we just get out and walk, Mr. President?”

Roger Knights
December 31, 2009 10:32 am

Hail to the chief! (snicker)”

Roger Knights
December 31, 2009 10:40 am

Here’s a subtler, better version of the above:
“Tell the band to skip ‘Hail to the Chief’!”

January 10, 2010 11:50 am

I’ve come back to check progress. It looks like I’m not the only one who’s refused to vote – only 130 comments. Next time try democracy without seeking to ‘fix’ the result first, Anthony. Then the democratic majority won’t ignore you like it has done here. Very sad.
[Reply Maybe folks had so much fun with the original thread which got over 1000 comments they didn’t need round two. RT – mod]

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