The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest Dataset

Thanks for your interest in this dataset. The data may not be used for commercial purposes. If you do use it for academic research, we would appreciate you referencing the dataset as follows:

Jain, L., Jamieson, K., Mankoff, R., Nowak, R., Sievert, S., (2020). The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest Dataset.

These data were gathered as part of the The New Yorker (TNY) cartoon caption contest. The crowdsourced ratings inform the final judging of the captions, but the official winner is decided by the TNY editorial staff.

The most recent contest (not shown) is likely receiving votes at


Contest Dashboard Cartoon Top Rated caption The New Yorker's winner Finalists Announced (date of issue)
807 Dashboard “We use the males as a control group - they never ask for directions.” “The hardest part was teaching him to use the hedge trimmers.” July 4, 2022
806 Dashboard “The castle looked bigger on Zillow.” “Don’t you hate it when sand gets in your suit?” June 27, 2022
805 Dashboard “When we were dating he climbed a skyscraper for me—now I can’t even get him to take out the garbage.” “I think he's been seeing the woman upstairs.” June 20, 2022
804 Dashboard “You're home early.” “You really want to add a kid to all this?” June 13, 2022
803 Dashboard “It’s like new. The previous owner preferred the box it came in.” “O.K., I’ll grab some crayons and get started on the paperwork.” June 6, 2022
802 Dashboard “It was so much easier when everyone was still working from home.” “We usually don’t deliver above Eighty-second Street.” May 30, 2022
801 Dashboard “What do you mean I don’t have time for another game?” “I thought you’d be better at the endgame.” May 23, 2022
800 Dashboard “We're hoping to see more of him as the season goes on!” “Now they’ll never know who’s on first.” May 16, 2022
799 Dashboard “..... and that's when she said, 'It's me or the cat.” “I thought you’d like to try it, instead of just knocking it off the counter.” May 9, 2022
798 Dashboard “Sure, call Roadside Assistance. The more, the merrier.” “Don’t worry, you'll be running in no time.” April 25 & May 2
797 Dashboard “Is this a Middle Age crisis?” “We can all hear you snoring in there, Steve.” April 18, 2022
796 Dashboard “Turns out they only check to see if you return the shoes.” “Turns out they only check to see if you return the shoes.” April 11, 2022
795 Dashboard “His last words were "I hope this goes straight to her hips."” “From the gentleman at the bar.” April 4, 2022
794 Dashboard “I told you no lawyer on earth would take our case.” “Oh, no! They’re returning him.” March 28, 2022
793 Dashboard “Teach a bear to shop and he will never have to fish again.” “No bag. Just toss it in the air. ” March 21, 2022
792 Dashboard “It seems someone else wrote a song called "HELP"” “So far, it looks like no one is coming to the recital.” March 14, 2022
791 Dashboard “I’m pretty sure I wasn’t their first choice.” “It’s got an indoor tree.” March 7, 2022
790 Dashboard “You take a left at these lights. Go the the next junction. Spin around 10 times. Hit the wall. Then reverse back about 10 feet and it should be on your left.” “The dealer said it scored high in crash tests.” February 28, 2022
789 Dashboard “Do you have to come in here every time I turn on the light?” “Do you have to come in here every time I turn on the light?” February 14 & 21, 2022
788 Dashboard “You should have done that before you put it on.” "Ideal for parties with no atmosphere." February 7, 2022
787 Dashboard “Of course I’m living in the past. Have you seen the present?!” “These should help me approach your father on his own level.” January 31, 2022
786 Dashboard “This is the homework your son alleges my client ate.” “My client is prepared to walk.” January 24, 2022
785 Dashboard “Come out with your hands up, wrists straight, fingers gently curved!” “Looks like somebody needs to be taught a lesson.” January 17, 2022
784 Dashboard “George quickly realized he ordered from the wrong Amazon.” “Mind if I read over your shoulder? I have trouble turning pages.” January 3 & 10, 2022
783 Dashboard “What makes you think he just wants you as something on the side ?” “And how did being left on the plate make you feel?” December 20, 2021
782 Dashboard “I really don't need two more men in my life who never talk.” “Just pretend to give them your wallet.” December 13, 2021
781 Dashboard “Where do you see yourself in five seconds?” “I so rarely meet a person of your calibre.” December 6, 2021
780 Dashboard “Sink or swim is nothing. Be glad you weren't here when the corporate culture was dog eat dog.” “Apparently, I was mistaken. He’s not in over his head.” November 29, 2021
779 Dashboard “I don't ask you how you squeezed into that sweater.” “Technically, the fish is still in the bowl.” November 22, 2021
778 Dashboard “It’s the closest Texas would let us get to sex ed.” "Don't sell him short. He did solve that crossing-the-road thing." November 15, 2021
777 Dashboard “Amazon accidentally sent two.” “It works fine—we’re just no longer a nuclear family.” November 8, 2021
776 Dashboard “He hasn't proposed yet, but he did give me a written estimate.” “Most people only have roadside assistance.” November 1, 2021
775 Dashboard “Can’t believe we’re opening for Genesis.” “Can’t believe we’re opening for Genesis.” October 25, 2021
774 Dashboard “O, hi Carol. I didn't expect it would be an ex that marked the spot.” “By any chance, are you sitting on a large X?” October 18, 2021
773 Dashboard “„.dnos ǝɥʇ ɹǝpɹo ʇ’uoᗡ„” “We should’ve ordered our drinks straight up.” October 11, 2021
772 Dashboard “This isn't what I meant when I said to go towards the light.” “This isn’t what I meant when I said to go toward the light.” October 4, 2021
771 Dashboard “Three more dollars and we can order a pizza.” “Don’t worry about it—I wasn't going to say yes anyway.” September 27, 2021
770 Dashboard “I guess "trail lawyer" wasn't a typo after all.” “I guess I misunderstood when you said your legal problems were behind you.” September 20, 2021
769 Dashboard “Trying to make it feel more like Amazon. I mean, the Amazon.” "His favorite book is 'A Farewell to Arms,' so don't get too close." September 13, 2021
768 Dashboard “Don't tell me you ordered from White Castle again.” "Winner gets the knight." September 6, 2021
767 Dashboard “You seem really nice - most of the guys I date are clowns.” “Now, if you'll just yank away the tablecloth.” August 30, 2021
766 Dashboard “Well played, Fran. The tuba will be gone by morning.” “I sent my wife up an hour ago about the noise. Have you seen her?” August 23, 2021
765 Dashboard “It was then that Marcus realized that his message in a bottle requesting beer and ice may have contained a single yet crucial typo.” “I know how you feel. This used to be Florida.” August 16, 2021
764 Dashboard “If you're from Uber Eats, just sprinkle it in.” “I hope you’ve come to change the water.” August 9, 2021
763 Dashboard “You can use the loaner corn dog while you wait. Can you drive a stick?” “So, when did the ‘check mustard’ light come on?” August 2, 2021
762 Dashboard “First, let me bring you up to speed.” “We’re really looking for someone with more lab experience.” July 26, 2021
761 Dashboard “He's the only one who can legally hand out refreshments to voters in Georgia.” “He says making lemonade is not an option.” July 12 & 19, 2021
760 Dashboard “You probably meant compote.” “It’s curb to table.” July 5, 2021
759 Dashboard “They call it kitsch-and-release.” “They call it kitsch and release.” June 28, 2021
758 Dashboard “Honey can you close the door? I’m in a meeting.” “Honey, can you close the door? I’m in a meeting.” June 21, 2021
757 Dashboard “I thought partly cloudy with a chance of rage was a typo” “Don’t worry, it’s just a front.” June 14, 2021
756 Dashboard “And just when I finally got comfortable in my own skin, she repainted the bedroom.” “So, you’re saying you didn’t miss your last two appointments?” June 7, 2021
755 Dashboard “'Yes Robert I bought a chair. I was sick of my options being between a rock and a hard place.'” “If you’re so civilized, why don’t you use a coaster?” May 31, 2021
754 Dashboard “Whoa, the new recruit went down the laundry chute.” “Since when did the pizza delivery guy get his own pole?” May 24, 2021
753 Dashboard “Oh I'm sorry, maybe I'd move faster if SOMEONE didn't bite my leg off.” “Oh, hey, I almost didn’t recognize you outside of work.” May 17, 2021
752 Dashboard “Don't give them anything. It only encourages sequels.” “The classics can be so intimidating.” May 10, 2021
751 Dashboard “If you see a fork in the road, avoid it.” “I want one that snows.” April 26 & May 3, 2021
750 Dashboard “It’s good to be back in the field. It just wasn’t the same working from home.” “Every night, when I try to sleep, I can’t stop thinking about work.” April 19, 2021
748 Dashboard “I would prefer to go out the way we came in.” “Not the return to inside dining I was expecting.” April 5, 2021
747 Dashboard “Just be glad he's not wearing his kilt today.” “I’m always afraid he will drop in unexpectedly.” March 29, 2021
746 Dashboard “I forgot what I came upstairs for.” “So that’s where all the furniture went.” March 22, 2021
745 Dashboard “We probably should have done something about this last year when it was still three blocks away.” “I told you we should have salted the roads.” March 15, 2021
744 Dashboard “Your going as a satellite dish? I'm going as a pilgrim.” “I could never pull that off.” March 8, 2021
743 Dashboard “I’ve changed my mind. I love it.” “Still not level.” March 1, 2021
742 Dashboard “Sir, this is the Met. The Mets are down the street.” “That’s a rare medium. Well done.” February 15 & 22, 2021
741 Dashboard “Don’t be fooled. He has a dark side.” “I think it’s just a phase.” February 8, 2021
740 Dashboard “I hope she doesn't say "charge"” “You were right—putting him on commission changed his attitude.” February 1, 2021
739 Dashboard “Of course we wanted a son. But we also wanted unconditional love.” “Once tax season is over, you can go back to being the only child.” January 25, 2020
738 Dashboard “Just to mess with him put them back on the tree.” “Can’t wait to see the look on his face when we put these back on the tree.” January 18, 2021
737 Dashboard “I thought you said the cloud was secure.” “I thought you said the cloud was secure.” January 4 & 11, 2021
736 Dashboard “You can advocate for wind power all you want, Randy, but you’re not going to escape your fossil fuel destiny.” “Your meal came with a toy?” December 21, 2020
735 Dashboard “It always ends in tiers......” “I can keep it together during the ceremony. The reception is where I fall to pieces.” December 14, 2020
734 Dashboard “This your last chance to come clean.” “Stop fighting it, kid—everyone eventually sings in the shower.” December 7, 2020
733 Dashboard “It seems you promised them herd immunity, Sir.” "It seems you promised them herd immunity, sir." November 30, 2020
732 Dashboard “It's true, your honor. I slept with the witness.” “Where were you between the hours of beddy-bye and nighty-night?” November 23, 2020
731 Dashboard “With all due respect, Helen, you’re gonna find crappy men in China, too” “During next week’s session, we’ll have you paint yourself into a corner.” November 16, 2020
730 Dashboard “And when you get hungry, the cafeteria is to your right, left, left, right, left, straight, right, straight, left, and then you push on the big lever.” “And, when you get hungry, the cafeteria is to your right, left, left, right, left, straight, right, straight, left, and then you push on the big lever.” November 9, 2020
729 Dashboard “We can’t be overthrown, but we can be swayed.” “We can’t be overthrown, but we can be swayed.” November 2, 2020
728 Dashboard “Okay, okay. Fine, I'll fill out the census.” “Thank you for agreeing to meet remotely.” October 26, 2020
727 Dashboard “It's the closest you'll get to Manhattan in your price range.” “It’s the closest you’ll get to Manhattan in your price range.” October 19, 2020
726 Dashboard “Once they choose their queen, honey, it’s really hard to change their minds.” “To be fair, Martha, you did just kill one of their kids.” October 12, 2020
725 Dashboard “Wait, dad! Your glasses!” “I’m just saying, after this haircut, it’s difficult to trust you.” October 5, 2020
724 Dashboard “"MEET ??". I heard "EAT".” “To Archaeopteryx, spelled just like it sounds.” September 28, 2020
723 Dashboard “Less woofer?” “We should be able to finish the album today, as long as no one rings the doorbell.” September 21, 2020
722 Dashboard “This is the only house I could find under a grand.” “The piano's in tune, but the house is a little flat.” September 14, 2020
721 Dashboard “I can still vote by mail,you know.” “I’m starting to regret that haircut.” September 7, 2020
720 Dashboard “I changed my mind. It would look better on the other side.” “Do you struggle endlessly through here often?” August 31, 2020
719 Dashboard “Ignore the ‘Whites Only’ sign.” “Between you and me, the owner can’t unload this fast enough.” August 24, 2020
718 Dashboard “I don't think 'dressage' means what you think it means.” “I don’t need your approval. I just need you to tie the laces.” August 17, 2020
717 Dashboard “Well, at least up here we only have to feed it.” “I know it’s not an elephant, but we still need to talk about it.” August 3, 2020
716 Dashboard “Could we have outstayed our welcome?” “He could have just written his name on his yogurt.” July 27, 2020
715 Dashboard “The recipe said 'One egg, beaten.' I was lucky to get out alive.” “And then I find out all the king’s horses and all the king’s men are out-of-network.” July 20, 2020
714 Dashboard “At that moment Willow was consumed with three thoughts: she couldn't swim,they were on their third drink,and she was on her ninth life.” “You’re right. It is easier with the ball.” July 6 & 13, 2020
713 Dashboard “...there's yer problem! ya gotta short circus!” “I found something serious under the hood.” June 29, 2020
712 Dashboard “So...we had a bad 1st quarter. It’s not the end of the world.” “Tell me about a time you identified a problem that others didn’t see coming.” June 22, 2020
711 Dashboard “Yes, it's a home game. Of course it's a home game. Everything's a fricking home game.” “All his pitches have been inside.” June 8 & 15, 2020
710 Dashboard “Remember when he was just a humming bird?” “I can usually identify a bird by the song, but I think he’s doing a cover.” June 1, 2020
709 Dashboard “You might want to try the stairs. This one only goes down and takes an eternity.” “Try the stairs. This takes an eternity.” May 25, 2020
708 Dashboard “A better question is, why aren't YOU wearing a mask?” “Fine—next time you slay the dragon and I'll cook.” May 18, 2020
707 Dashboard “This was easier to carry when it was flat.” “Next week, I'll move Heaven for you.” May 11, 2020
706 Dashboard “Well,I know what Duke Ellington would do.” “Of course—we wait forever, then two come at the same time.” May 4, 2020
705 Dashboard “Tall salted caramel macchiato with low-fat organic almond milk, no sugar… It’s him alright.” “Decaf. They can’t be far away.” April 27, 2020
704 Dashboard “Forget everything you've ever thought about elevator music.” “No, you come in on four.” April 20, 2020
703 Dashboard “We have them between all tables, it encourages social distancing.” “Past the alligator, through the ring of fire, first door on your left.” April 13, 2020
702 Dashboard “You asked if I wanted product in my hair...and I said a smidgeon...a smidgeon, Ralph.” “Could you trim the sides but leave it feathered on top?” April 6, 2020
701 Dashboard “I just want to make sure 'mousse' isn't a typo.” “I know I don’t look familiar, but, believe me, I eat here all the time.” March 30, 2020
700 Dashboard “Looks like you're already familiar with the side effects.” “Looks like you’re already familiar with the side effects.” March 23, 2020
699 Dashboard “Two of you have underlying issues.” “And how do you feel about how she feels about how he feels?” March 16, 2020
698 Dashboard “Harry, the whole point of leaving England was to blend in.” “Harry, the whole point of leaving England was to blend in.” March 9, 2020
697 Dashboard “This is a lot more effective on the elevated tracks.” “No one crosses the Pirates of Penn Station.” March 2, 2020
696 Dashboard “Best farm-to-table in town.” “If there’s a ring in here, Hank, I swear to God . . .” February 17 & 24,2020
695 Dashboard “You’re in luck. A slot for you just opened up in our kitchen.” “You’re in luck. A slot for you just opened up in our kitchen.” February 10, 2020
694 Dashboard “I didn't say I would help. I said I'd accompany you.” “I didn’t say I would help. I said I’d accompany you.” February 3, 2020
693 Dashboard “Should I check, “exceeded expectations?”” “Let’s just give him the damn cheese.” January 27, 2020
692 Dashboard “First day on Wall Street, sir?” “I'll take this and the granny dress.” January 20, 2020
691 Dashboard “See? Now they ALL want scarves.” “Great, now they all want a scarf.” January 13, 2020
690 Dashboard “Going up?” "Please watch your small step." January 6, 2019
689 Dashboard “He’s lucky I didn’t rear end him.” “Yes, but just a couple of meads, probably more than an hour ago.” December 23, 2019
688 Dashboard “It prints out his tweets. All the new uniforms have them.” “I was stationed at CVS during the war on drugs.” December 16, 2019
687 Dashboard “You think this is awkward? Try living a few floors down.” “How much did you spend at Macy’s this year?” December 9, 2019
686 Dashboard “Oh sure, when a MAN does it, suddenly it’s such a big deal!” “I don’t know how to tell him it’s not his.” December 02, 2019
685 Dashboard “Stay calm. I think it just wants to be squeezed.” “Oh, no. I have its little one in my backpack.” November 25, 2019
684 Dashboard “Publicly, we're still saying there are no side effects.” “Publicly, we’re still saying there are no side effects.” November 18, 2019
683 Dashboard “They must have made a fortune from the wheel.” “I guarantee he brings up the whole discovering-fire thing within the first five minutes.” November 11, 2019
682 Dashboard “I don't mind autumn so much; it's the fall I hate.” “It’s not you. It’s November.” November 4, 2019
681 Dashboard “Mobster, Larry. The invitation said to dress like a mobster.” “You pinch me one more time and you’re going to find yourself in hot water.” October 28, 2019
680 Dashboard “Is the salmon fresh?” “Well, don't put it on the menu if you can't catch one.” 10/21/2019
679 Dashboard “Supplicants, sir. You want to surround yourself with supplicants.” “Well, after you beheaded the groundskeeper, we had to go with something low-maintenance.” October 14, 2019
678 Dashboard “My left or your left?” “I always knew we'd wind up together.” October 7, 2019
677 Dashboard “The leftover salmon. Into my dish. You will remember nothing.” “The ahi. Not the canned.” September 30, 2019
676 Dashboard “You know we could've had eggs for life, right?” “I don't tell you how to gather.” September 23, 2019
675 Dashboard “Honey, be nice... he's under a lot more pressure.” “You two seem oddly suited.” September 16, 2019
674 Dashboard “Let's let him keep your ball.” “Let's let him keep your ball.” September 9, 2019
673 Dashboard “My conditioner said it would give me extra body, but I didn't expect it to be yours.” “For God's sake, Dave, you're thirty-five—just use the stairs.” September 2, 2019
672 Dashboard “I take this myself. There is one side effect I should mention.” “Don't worry. I wouldn't prescribe anything I haven't tested on myself.” August 26, 2019
671 Dashboard “Someone came to school with humans. Now we’ve all got them.” “It didn’t really bother me until they discovered fire.” August 19, 2019
670 Dashboard “Armstrong? No, though I do get mistaken for Lance a lot.” “It started as a crusade. Now it's just a commute.” August 5 & 12, 2019
669 Dashboard “He went right from crawling to stand-up!” “I love his bedtime routine.” July 29, 2019
668 Dashboard “I’m sorry. I’ve been burned too many times.” “I’m sorry. I’ve been burned too many times.” July 22, 2019
667 Dashboard “Maybe we should try thinking inside the box.” “Let's just go with the open floor plan.” July 8, 2019
666 Dashboard “You should see the couch they have at the urologist's office.” “Shouldn’t you be sitting in an ear?” July 1, 2019
665 Dashboard “Lunch is on me.” “How about some help carrying the groceries?” June 24, 2019
664 Dashboard “I just made a guy disappear for twenty years. Can you do that?” "When was the last time you saw either half of her?” June 10, 2019
663 Dashboard “Next time, when they ask you if you want any toppings, you’d better be more specific than 'Yeah, a couple.'” “Well, you're not what we ordered, either.” June 3, 2019
662 Dashboard “Did you see the rock he gave her.” “It’s about time they settled down and razed a village.” May 27, 2019
661 Dashboard “I am pleased to announce that Dopey will be leaving us to pursue a career as White House Chief of Staff.” “Workplace morale hasn't been this high since we introduced whistling.” May 20, 2019
660 Dashboard “I’m afraid we’ve found a problem with the Crown Jewels.” “Worse than a cold. It's a common cold.” May 13, 2019