How to Teach Physics to Your Dog Contest Winners

After a long baby-induced delay, we are finally ready to announce the winners of the How to Teach Physics to Your Dog Caption Contest and Poetry Contest. I’ve obtained a few more copies of the bound galleys from the publisher, so we’ll be giving two awards in each contest
category: one for each photo, one for Cuttlefish poetry, and one for non-Cuttlefish poetry.

And the winners are:

Photo 1: The award goes to Nick at #25:


Photo 2: The award goes to Eric Goebelbecer at #8:


Honorable Mention: Dave W. at #11 and Konrad at #30.

Let’s ask the judges what they thought:

Chad: All three of the entries captioning Photo 1 were using essentially the same joke. I thought that the LOL-osity of the winner picture really put it over the top, though.

Kate: I liked the winner for Photo 2 because it had good visual pacing for the joke punchline.

SteelyKid: Ga ga ga ga ga ga ga. Bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbth!

Emmy: sniffs screen, sniffs keyboard, wanders off to see if any scraps have miraculously appeared in her bowl.

So, there you have it.

Poetry Contest Winners

The Non-Cuttlefish Poetry Prize goes to: Adrian Morgan at #21/23 for:

A dog who seeks morsels organic
Such as bunnies that run when they panic
Must be fast and observing
And strong and deserving
And informed about quantum mechanic

Honorable mention to Sandy Dog at #22 for a pretty good haiku, that lacked only a physics reference.

The Cuttlefish Poetry Prize goes to the Cuttlefish Poet, naturally. Honestly, it was locked up with the first double dactyl entry:

Beautifully, Dutifully,
Emmy the elegant
Poses for pictures, with
Evident ease;

Helps with translating the
Thoughts of her human, to
Bunnies and Cheese!

The “Queen of Niskayuna” song at #18 was really above and beyond, though. I’m speechless. Well, almost.

Let’s ask the judges what they thought:

Chad: It was hard to choose between the Cuttlefish entries. I kind of liked the second double dactyl, but splitting “gedankenexperiment over two lines probably isn’t really kosher.

Kate: Poetry is, alas, not really my medium, but I can appreciate meeting the constraints of difficult forms, and both the winners made me laugh.

SteelyKid: mum mum mum mum YA YA YA YA YA YA YA.

Emmy: I like cheese. Also, bunnies. I don’t really get this whole dactyl thing, though.

So, there you have it. The winners should contact me at the email address under the “Contact” tab at the top of the page with a snail-mail address to which your bound galley copies will be sent.

If you didn’t win, don’t worry. I’ve got a few more galley proofs, and will likely run another contest of a different sort in the not-too-distant future.