So a funny thing happened on the way to judging Caption Contest 89. We were moving, and of course a massive snow storm hit that day (-27 that night). That delayed everything, including our internet installation. When that finally got done and we were settled in enough for me to have time to go through all the entries, I was pretty tired. I did my usual thing, collecting all the ones I thought were potential winners, in a plain text document. By the time I was done I had to get up to make dinner.
Afterwards my mother-in-law (did I mention we had relatives visiting, arriving at the airport two hours after I touched down from my week long visit to Baton Rouge? In the middle of a move from one town to another? During a massive snow storm? Yeah.) asked if she could use the computer to check her Yahoo Mail. She's on a Dell at home and I have a Mac, but no big deal because a browser's a browser, right?
I sat down late that night after she was done and stared at my shiny, empty desktop. Every document had been dutifully closed, including my unsaved text file with all the finalists.
So, yeah. Again.
Anyway, love her to death, but I just didn't have the heart to go back through and re-do it all. Which is a long way around saying I'm sorry for the long delay, and here are your Finalists.
- Z. Daniel Phoenix:
Hulk not just strong.
Hulk Army Strong!
- Runt82: Hulk have manners! Hulk tank you very much!
- Watson Bradshaw: “HULK PARK TANK, YOU TIP BIG!!!”
- count libido: Now Hulk just need other Hulks to spell out M-C-A!
- kyle: Die spider!
- Razhwurz: “NO BODY MOVE! I lost a contact lens!”
- Rhinoman: “DUDE! Where Hulk’s Car?”
- venomfang666: All your tank belong to hulk!
- frankie: “HULK NOT STUPID. HULK SEE ‘NINJA TANK’.”
- HalLoweEn JacK: HULK IS NO DUMB BUNNY AT THINKING!
Particular noteworthy are Frankie and HalLoweEn JacK for referencing particularly funny random panels from the past. And to Count Libido for what I think was the most out-of-the-box response that never would have occurred to me, and is especially funny given the plethora of Hulks wandering around the Marvelverse these days.
However, your overall winner is not one of those, but rather from ... Gero!
This is a very obscure reference, but for all us old fogies who used to be stuck playing cheap-ass computer games, it really struck a note. Well done, Gero, let me know what you'd like for your prize!
No problem about the delay Jeff!
I was just wondering when we’d get the results to this one. Can’t believe I actually won! To be honest, I was pretty sure you’d end up giving it to a vote, and all the people who’ve never played old NES games would jump right past mine. I have an idea for a prize, that I’ll e-mail you, and I hope it’ll work. Also, congrats to all the runners-up, and to the amazing winners of the character contest!
Special Celebrity Guest Will Smith: *Raises hand* Yo G, old-school NES playa’ right here, baby! Now THAT’S what I’m talkin’ ’bout. Best gamin’ system on Earf! Congrats on ya win, G!
I didn’t realize this was such an obscure reference. Fighting games still do the palette swaps, don’t they?
That reference is not obscure at all.
At the very least anyone who bought a NES (that is about 62 000 000 people) can understand it.
And even today several games use palette swaps.
Anyway… all those entries are hilarious 🙂