The Tuesday Cutline…a Winner!

BY Colleen Shalby  April 23, 2013 at 12:43 PM EST

Did this week’s photo tickle you with laughter? Or did it leave you with the same expressions of confusion that the photographed passersby are sporting? Here’s the original caption to the photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images:

“A person dressed as Elmo waits for people to pose with him for tips in Times Square, NY. Part of a growing trend of street performers and hawkers, dozens of individuals can be found around Times Square dressed in costume asking for money. The behavior of many of these individuals has come into question lately as incidents of fights, smoking and swearing have resulted in confrontations and arrests. As the characters classify themselves as street performers, they are protected by First Amendment rights and cannot be forcibly removed from the streets.”

This week’s photo proves that our Art Beat fans are also Sesame Street experts. It seemed that every other caption submitted included some form of the “Sesame Street” or “Elmo’s World” theme song. Others turned giant Elmo into a much edgier version of the character. But this week’s winner was able to connect a packed Times Square with Sesame Street’s grouchiest resident. Congrats to Josh Osborn! You’ve won a NewsHour mug for your winning caption:

Elmo; photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

“At least Oscar had a trash can to live in…”

Thank you all for playing along. Join us next week for another Tuesday Cutline.

About the Tuesday Cutline: Every other Tuesday, we post a photo. You compose a witty/ funny/ creative caption, submit it by Friday at 5 p.m. ET in the comments section or on the NewsHour’s or Art Beat’s pages. The following Tuesday we pick one winner. Everyone celebrates.

The Tuesday Cutline…a Winner!

BY Tom LeGro and Colleen Shalby  November 13, 2012 at 1:09 PM EST

For this week’s contest, we went to the final frontier. Before we announce our winner, here’s the official caption to the photo taken by Oli Scarff for Getty Images:

“Members of the public dressed in Star Trek character costumes travel by the DLR to attend the ‘Destination Star Trek London’ convention at the ExCeL center on Oct. 19, 2012, in London. The three-day convention, which opened to the general public today, will be attended by all fives actors who played captains throughout the 46-year-old series.”

The photo generated several clever captions full of fashion faux pas puns and Trekkie lingo. But we were won over by the cutline that beamed the Star Trek crew down to New York. Congrats, G. Kamana Hunter! You’ll be receiving a NewsHour mug for your winning caption:

“I said teleport me to Estonia’s Queen….not Astoria, Queens! Scotty’s hearing is not what it used to be.”

Thanks for playing along. We’ll have a new contest next week. Until then, live long and prosper.

About the Tuesday Cutline: Every other Tuesday, we post a photo. You compose a witty/funny/creative caption, submit it by Friday at 5 p.m. ET in the comments section or on the NewsHour’s or Art Beat’s pages. The following Tuesday we pick one winner. Everyone celebrates.