Style Invitational Week 1066 minus 2: HistoRebuffs; and winning
cartoon captions

By Pat Myers
Thursday, March 13, 3:51 PM

*1066: At the Battle of Hastings, the French are repelled from England
and return to Normandy. The discredited regime goes into a tailspin, and
the English invade and annex France as a province. The French language
is snuffed out, and French chefs are forced to learn British cooking.
Now, Haggis Flambé is beloved the world over. * /(Elden Carnahan)/

*1790s: What if Johnny Appleseed had planted marijuana instead of
apples? Our national pastime would be Hacky Sack.* /(Steve Fahey)/

*1974: What if Agnew were still vice president when Nixon resigned? They
would have had to put in a drive-up window at the White House for night
deposits. * /(Chuck Smith)/

We were going to do this contest on Week 1066 — to play off the only
year that’s really famous enough until Week 1215, or maybe even Week
1492 — but a couple of Invite scheduling issues conspired against us.
This contest is a pretty tenuous link, anyway, but Hall of Fame Loser
Elden Carnahan’s suggestion and example do give us a chance to bring
back a contest we last did in the previous century, under the reign of
the Empress’s predecessor, the Czar. *This week: Alter some moment in
history and tell us — in no more than about 50 words — the likely
outcome, *as in the examples above: Elden’s new one, plus one entry each
from Week 261 (1998) and Week 140 (1995). Remember, this is a humor
contest. (Hey, wait: If the French language had been snuffed out, why
would the dish still be known as “flambé”?)

Winner gets the Inkin’ Memorial
the Lincoln statue bobblehead that is the official Style Invitational
trophy. Second place receives (talk about historic!) an Official
Penitential Hairshirt — actually a gag-gift burlap thing in a burlap bag
— regifted by Eternal Loser Tom Witte, who won this as a Style
Invitational first-place prize in Week 336, which was 14 years ago. Tom
swears he hasn’t worn it out, given that he feels no guilt over anything.

*Other runners-up *win their choice of a yearned-for Loser Mug
or the ardently
desired “Whole Fools” Grossery Bag
. Honorable
mentions get a lusted-after Loser magnet, either the Po’ Wit Laureate

or Puns of Steel.
Offenders receive a smelly tree-shaped air “freshener” (FirStink

for their first ink). E-mail entries to
or, if you were born in the 19th century,
fax to 202-334-4312. Deadline is Monday, March 24; results published
April 13 (online April 10). No more than 25 entries per entrant per
week. Include “Week 1064” in your e-mail subject line or it might be
ignored as spam. Include your real name, postal address and phone number
with your entry. See contest rules and guidelines at
. This week’s honorable-mentions subhead was
submitted by both Dave Prevar and Tom Witte; the alternative headline in
the “Next week’s results” line is by Mae Scanlan. Join the lively Style
Invitational Devotees group on Facebook at
, and click “like” on Style Invitational Ink of
the Day at

*Report from Week 1060, in which we asked you for captions for any of these four Bob Staake

Too many people to credit quoted the dog in the subway as
saying, “Take my advice — don’t pee on the third rail.”

*The winner of the Inkin’ Memorial: *

/Cartoon 3:/ “The curb-your-dog laws are so strict in the city, I have
to go to the suburbs every time I need to do my business.” /(Ward Kay,
Vienna, Va.)/

*2.* *Winner of the Karleks Band bed connector for active hotel room
guests:* /Cartoon 2:/ “M’sieur thought I was going to push the chair IN
for him, didn’t m’sieur?”/(Bruce Niedt, Cherry Hill, N.J.)/

*3.* /Cartoon 4: /Long frustrated by the confines of a standard sedan,
Roy had his driver’s side windows removed for a more fulfilling road
rage experience. /(Trevor Kerr, Chesapeake, Va.)/

*4.* /Cartoon 3: /“Who let me out? Who let YOU out?/(Jeff Wolfson,
Potomac, Md.)/

*Scraptions: honorable mentions*

Ruth promised her grandchildren that she would tweet her radiology
results. /(Kevin Dopart, Washington)/

“I’m not sure how to break the news to you, Mrs. Smith, but you appear
to have an enlarged prostate.” /(Saul Jay Singer, Silver Spring, Md.)/

“You must hear this all the time, Mrs. Farkis, but your duodenum really
loves the camera.”/(Frank Osen, Pasadena, Calif.)/

“So tell me, are you able to change channels by belching?” /(Doug
Hamilton, College Park)/

“You realize, Mrs. Gibble, that underwire bras are generally more
effective when worn on the outside.”/(Mike Greene, Alexandria, Va.)/

“The good news is I don’t see the fly or the spider. However, the
recommended treatment for catching the bird may present serious side
effects.” /(Trevor Kerr)/

“If your insurance won’t cover the operation, I think I could go in
laparoscopically and change that ringtone for you.” /(Nan Reiner,
Alexandria, Va.) /

“Ma’am, I gather you didn’t swallow this flashlight.” /(Warren Tanabe,
Annapolis, Md.)/

Whistler’s Sonogram. /(Kevin Dopart)/

/“Mais non, monsieur — /prix fixe does not include zee chair.” /(Rob
Huffman, Fredericksburg, Va.)/

“Mr. Kilroy, so good that
you’re here again.” /(Harry Megaw, Fairfax, Va.)/

“I assure monsieur that our croque-monsieur contains no actual
monsieur.” /(Gary Crockett, Chevy Chase, Md.)/

“Would /señor /prefer the mild salsa instead?” /(Edward Gordon, Austin)/

“I take it from your response, Mr. Boehner, that you would not like a
cup of tea.” /(Greg Arnold, Herndon, Va.)/

“And I hope you’ve enjoyed the full tasting menu here at From Pharm to
Table.”/(Sylvia Betts, Vancouver, B.C.)/

“Sir, I can bring more crayons if you dropped yours.”/(Larry Carnahan,
Arlington, Va.)/

“Ah, I see you’ve noticed our new Dining Roomba.” /(Sylvia Betts)/

“You’ll find that the tablecloth tastes much better if you wash it down
with an ’82 Chateau Latour.” /(Mark Raffman, Reston, Va.) /

Lord Grantham, as Mr. Carson has taken ill, your American brother-in-law
thought I could help you out here at Downton./(Drew Bennett, West
Plains, Mo.)/

“As you see, not only do we serve small plates, but we also have very
small chairs.” /(Tom Witte, Montgomery Village, Md.) /

“I beg your pardon; when you said you didn’t know where we could have
gotten those delicious oysters in the Rocky Mountains, I thought you
wanted me to tell you.” /(Danielle Nowlin, Woodbridge, Va.) /

“Mine’s not a bellybutton — it’s just a tick.” /(Don Kirkpatrick,
Waynesboro, Pa.)/

“Do you get more belly rubs when you’re dressed like that?” /(Larry
Yungk, Arlington, Va.)/

“We can make this work, Lisa. I won’t ask you, ‘How’s the weather up
there?’ and you won’t tell people, ‘Because he can.’ ” /(Lawrence
McGuire, Waldorf, Md.)/

“You remind me so much of my mom, except you’re missing several
breasts.” /(Larry Yungk)/

Before his big break, Inspector McGruff tried working for the fashion
police. /(Fred Axmacher, Rockville, Md., a First Offender)/

“. . . So I dug a big hole in the backyard, and PLOP! I’m just as
surprised as you are.”/(Beverley Sharp, Montgomery, Ala.)/

“Hi, Zoe. Frank Underwood asked me to tell you he’s running late.”/(Jan
Forman, Great Falls, Va., a First Offender)/

“You people built two major religions around a talking snake, but a dog
talks and you call Fox 5.” /(Lawrence McGuire)/

“Let me hit that hydrant in Cartoon 4 and I’ll be right back.”/(Rob

“You know, when I want to ‘friend’ someone, I just sniff his butt.”
/(Bird Waring, Larchmont, N.Y.)/

“I used to chase cars, but now I support public transportation.” /(Larry

“Where the $¥£€ is Wall Street?”/(Konrad Schwoerke, Durham, N.C.)/

Spike loved his new job: beta-testing insults for the cabbies’
association./(Frank Osen)/

Still new to the ways of Metropolis, Clark Kent becomes the victim of a
drive-by shouting. /(Jeff Contompasis, Ashburn, Va.)/

“My hovercraft is full of wheels!”
/(Mark Raffman)/

Bob found that he needed to adjust his whistle: he mistakenly hailed a
cad./(Jack McCombs, Fairfax, Va., a First Offender)/


*Still running — deadline Monday night: our contest to compare or
contrast two wacky items in a list we gave. See

/See the Empress’s online column The Style Conversational
(published late
Thursday), in which she discusses today’s new contest and results along
with news about the Loser Community — and you can vote for your favorite
among the inking entries, since you no doubt figured the Empress chose
the wrong winner. If you’d like an e-mail notification each week when
the Invitational and Conversational are posted online, sign up here
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join the far more lively group Style Invitational Devotees
and chime in there. /

*Next week’s results: Less Taste, More Fill-In, * or *The Missing Ink,*
a contest in which we presented a crossword grid with only some of the
letters present, and invited you to come up with both words and funny
clues. See

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