September 22, 2018

Caption Contests

Caption Contest Friday: Eagles Lineman Attempts to Read IRS Sign

Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Evan Mathis stands in front of a sign for an Internal Revenue Service Building. Contrary to reports, there is no evidence that a call of nature is being answered. [EvanMathis69 via TaxProf]

Caption This: What’s Going Through Jim Turley’s Head at This Very Uncomfortable Moment?

Traipsing lazily around the Internet the other day looking for old white guys to pin to Pinterest, I came across this unsettling photo of Jim Turley crammed into what appears to be a wine cellar for a photo op from New York Social Diary. Turley and the Mrs. were hobnobbing with the NY bigshots in […]

Caption Contest Monday: The Pot of Black and Yellow at the End of the Rainbow

Kicking off with: If Mark Weinberger catches the leprechaun, you can bet he'll have to explain Repo 105 several times before getting that treasure.

CPA Exam Candidate’s Study Break Results in Caption Ingenuity

As many of you are painfully aware, accountants aren’t generally known for their sense of humor. DUIs? Maybe. Organizational skills? Definitely. Freakish ability to memorize a dictionary’s worth of FASB ASCs? Sadly, yes.

But every now and then, the world is blessed with an accountant who smashes the mold.

Case in point, 24-year-old David Woodbridge. A native of Lake Forest, IL, Woodbridge just won the New Yorker’s caption contest for his chortle-worthy caption which appeared in the magazine’s October 10th issue. Odds of winning the contest are estimated at 1 in 10,000 due to the large number of submissions, according to the magazine’s cartoon editor. Anyone care to take a guess on the odds that an accountant could win the contest?

The best part of the story? He came up with the winning entry while taking a break from studying for the CPA exam:

Woodbridge said he first tried the contest about three years ago but gave up after not winning after several attempts. Upon graduating from college, he decided to try the weekly contest again this summer while studying for the CPA exam.

Now I know what you’re asking… what was this hilarious caption?

Woodbridge’s winning caption was “Looks like they’re making cuts at the top” to a drawing of two janitors standing in the lobby of a building with headless corporate executives entering the building around them. He beat out “I dare anyone to say we missed a spot” and “It seems a bit extreme, but it does keep the zombies away” to win an original drawing of his captioned cartoon (valued at $250).

Uhhh… congrats?

Caption Contest Thursday: Deloitte’s Shade of Blue Looks Very Familiar


Deloitte CEO Joe Echevarria and former President Bill Clinton at the Middle Market Perspectives Event in New York.

Caption Contest Winner: Auditing Is Craptacular

After a tight race, one caption ended up pulling away.
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Upon their arrival to their workstation, the audit team quickly understood the reasoning behind the under-accrual for utilities expense for the months of January through March.

With just over 20% of the vote. If you’ve got audit rooms (or any photos for that matter) that you feel are worthy of a caption contest, send them our way. Thanks for voting.

Caption Contest Monday: The King and I

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Background: Tim Flynn talking shop with King Abdullah of Jordan.

Same rules: Submit possible captions in the comments. We’ll choose our favorites — with preference given to those with an accounting/KPMG bent — and then let you vote for the best one.

Memo to TF: If you’ve got a transcript of the convo, feel free to post your favorite highlight as your submission(s).

Caption Contest Reminder: Auditing Is Craptacular

Just a friendly reminder to submit your best captions for the audit room outside the ladies’ rain closet. Jump over the to the original post to submit your caption.
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We’ll take submissions through the end of tomorrow, so get your team together and come up with something that will impress us. Your productivity starts waning this week anyway.
And while you’re at it, if you’re an auditor that works in ridiculous conditions, send us your pictures of your dungeon, closet, or your client-provided school desk.

Caption Contest Friday: Is Your Career in the Crapper?

A reader working at a client site showed us where she and the rest of her audit team will be sitting for the next three weeks:
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A little background/TMI: Naturally our first question was, “Is anything audible?” to which she replied, “We definitely know who has a weak stream around here.”
Same rules – Submit possible captions for all the photos in the comments. We’ll choose our favorites — with preference given to those with an accounting/auditing bent — and then let you vote for the best one. Impress us.

GC Reminders: November Survey and Caption Contest

Thumbnail image for ben bankes at the NYC marathon.jpgGood morning servants of capital markets. We don’t mean to impose upon you while you engage in your morning routine but we’re here to remind you of two matters of critical importance going on at this fine publication:
November survey – One question. One email address. A chance to win a $50 AMEX gift card.
Caption Contest Poll – You’ve got until 11:59 pm EDT tonight to throw support behind the most suitable description for the AICPA spokesswine. Don’t scoff. It’s important.
Thanks for your participation.

Caption Contest Reminder: We’re Feeding the Pig, Just Quit Freaking Us Out

ben bankes at the NYC marathon.jpgIf Orwell had written an allegory of capitalism, we’re sure his vision would have included Benjamin Bankes.
Jump over the original post to leave your caption for Ben’s appearance at the New York City Marathon. We’ll take submissions through the end of the day tomorrow.

Caption Contest Results: KPMG Scary Stories

Not a surprising choice but we thought it would be a closer race. The winner, garnering 45.5% of the vote, after the jump.
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KPMG hires replacements for staff who were laid off.

What’s not known is what kind of offers they are getting. It’s an absolute certainly that it includes the standard CYA language: “Due to the volatility of the current economic conditions, your starting salary may be adjusted to market at the time you begin employment.”
Thanks to everyone for voting and we’ll have the results from our salary satisfaction poll later today.

Hump Day Reminders: Polls and CPA Exam Question of the Week

Thumbnail image for RL-Stine-and-kids_350.jpgWe think it’s important to remind you that voting ends tonight at 11:59 PDT for our two polls from Monday:
Caption Contest Poll: KPMG Scary Stories
Satisfied with Your Salary?
So jump over and vote in both the polls. We’ll give you the results tomorrow.
Also don’t forget to submit your questions to us for this week’s CPA Exam Question of the Week. You can submit your questions to [email protected] through tomorrow. Anything received on Friday will be considered for next week.

Caption Contest Poll: KPMG Scary Stories

It’s election day after all. Vote for your favorite caption. You have until tomorrow night, 11:59 PDT to vote.
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Finalists after the jump.

Caption Contest Reminder

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Don’t forget to submit your captions for last Friday’s contest. We’ll take submissions through midnight tonight and run the poll tomorrow morning.