The Punch was trawling through the photo archives when it spotted this corker.

Hurro, plane! Picture: AFP

So we figured: It’s time for a caption competition! What do you reckon?

It’s not the first funny picture from the US campaign trail this election cycle. See this gold, gold, gold picture of Vice President Biden and… friends.

It’s Tuesday. What’s happening?

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    • Tory Maguire

      Tory Maguire says:

      09:43am | 25/09/12

      Apologies Punchers that the comments on this post have only just opened. We made a mistake when setting the expiry time.

    • ZSRenn says:

      09:47am | 25/09/12

      I just lost $20 to the wife! I said Global warming she said wrong expiry time. Damn!

    • Rebecca says:

      09:55am | 25/09/12

      “Hi Tony! Yes this is the US. No, the President isn’t here, he’s in your country visiting your Prime Minister, didn’t you know? That’s alright, my knowledge of the world is crap too.”

    • Babylon says:

      01:25pm | 25/09/12

      erm ...Whist there are a few leaders in New York, There is no evidence that Gillard plans to meet and discuss the Governments Border Protection scandal….

      Gillard is overseas to tell everyone how she destroyed the mining boom, and now needs to ‘re-do’ a budget she only did 4 months ago, because the mining boom has shoved off to Africa.

      As our boom declines, Africa’s grows.

      African Mining Quarter 1   -16.8 percent
      African Mining Quarter 2   +32 percent.
      Reported by Reuters!

      Carr reaction ’ the mining boom was of no importance to the Australian economy’ Pfft!

      Swan ’ the mining boom is going because it’s high commodity prices’. Oh yeah, well how do you explain the take off in Africa?!?!

      Carr ’ the Australian mining boom is ‘overspilling’ into Africa’. Come on to overfill means we’re overfilled, but even Ferguson told us ” The Mining Boom is over in Australia.”

      Carr tells us the mining boom is inconsequential to Australia, but the world thinks its a great thing in Africa? Funny eh?
      Carr says our mining boom is so full it’s spilling over the top into Africa but Ferguson says its in decline and so does Swan, citing ‘commodity prices’ that strangely do not effect Africa?

      TRUTH? The Gillard Government has killed the best boom the world has ever witnessed with MRRT and Carbon taxes and a war of words with significant players.

    • iansand says:

      09:59am | 25/09/12

      What?  This old thing?  It’s my spare - I bought it with the leftovers from the tax I didn’t pay.

    • Carz says:

      10:01am | 25/09/12

      Saw the ultimate in first-world problems yesterday. Young 20 something woman complaining because she had bought the then-latest iPhone two weeks ago, only to have the iPhone5 come out. “I’m not spoilt, I just wanted the latest and now I don’t have it.”

    • Ben C says:

      10:37am | 25/09/12

      Whoever sold that phone to her must have been laughing as she walked out the door - managed to get rid of old stock at full price, instead of having to take a cut on it when the new stock arrived.

    • KH says:

      11:11am | 25/09/12

      Thats pretty stupid, given that anyone who likes the ‘latest’ would have known that the iphone 5 came out in line with Apples normal upgrade cycle, as reset last year…................

    • TimB says:

      11:29am | 25/09/12

      Weird. You would think that someone concerned with owning the latest model of something would pay at least passing attention to tech news and be aware the iPhone 5 was on its way…..

      Not smart and no sympathy.

    • gobsmack says:

      10:32am | 25/09/12

      I can’t see the point in earning that extra cash if it’s all being hid under the bed.

    • Tim says:

      11:29am | 25/09/12

      it not just hid under the bed, they use it slowly for expenses because cash purchases aren’t tracked.

    • JoniM says:

      11:56am | 25/09/12

      I think the $100’s in circulation is more due to people’s ego & vanity !
      You wouldn’t snort your coke with anything but a $100 bill !
      Otherwise you would be labelled cheap !

    • AdamC says:

      12:15pm | 25/09/12

      This seems little different to tradies and others doing cash jobs on the side for a bit of tax-free pocket money. Are people more upset because pensions involve actually getting a cheque from Auntie Julia, rather than simply not paying one’s fair share of tax?

      Also, I cannot see how scrapping $50 and $100 notes would stop the oldies from hoarding cash to keep getting the pension. The wads would just get thicker. As the article notes, it is the means testing of the pension that provides the incentive for this to occur. Means testing always creates hardship, and consequential attemps at fraud and non-disclosure, at the margins of eligibility.

    • vox says:

      10:18am | 25/09/12

      Thank you Tory, but how does the expiry time affect the opening time?
      Never mind.
      I can’t help but notice the comparitive absence of all of the usual suspects whenever Abbott makes another monumental cock-up. Why aren’t they out in force shouting from the rooftops what an astute politician their beloved, (and deserved), leader really is. They might mention how the least most popular preferred P.M. in history keeps his finger on the pulse of the Nation, always knowing just what is happening, and where.
      Did anyone see Abbott’s earnest determination to score points yesterday? And the wit! He inferred that the lovely Ms Gillard was “swanning around”. No wonder the Catholic Church fixed him for a Rhodes Scholarship. “Swanning around”. Don’t you just love it when he makes his daily playground statement.
      What we all found highly amusing, (but also terrifying in a political leader), was the demeanor of Abbott. His lip was curled and he actually snarled his criticism of her not seeking out the Indonesial No 1, (he was in the next room), instead of being in New York. What a dreadful aspect for any leader of anything, even a minor Party like the Libs.
      I notice that his followers on here take much the same approach. Factless, no policy, no direction, just hatred for their fellow Australians.
      Par for the course really.

    • Mouse says:

      10:48am | 25/09/12

      vox, I really enjoy reading your daily banter! It’s just what I need with my morning coffee and gives me a real humour infusion at the same time. Just love it!!  lol :o)

    • Customer Support says:

      10:50am | 25/09/12

      “how does the expiry time affect the opening time?”

      Opening time is when the file is posted. The open thread story was actually created yesterday and scheduled to be automatically posted this morning at some time, say 6am.
      If the software doesn’t check that the closing time you stipulated is in the future ie. 8 pm tonight, and you put in last nights date when you scheduled it, then the comments are closed from the git go. In all likelihood this is what happened.

    • Ben C says:

      10:53am | 25/09/12

      Maybe, vox, it’s because we don’t defend Abbott when he is clearly wrong. Something the Gillard cheer squad would do well to follow.

    • vox says:

      11:35am | 25/09/12

      Thank you Mouse. Making you happy is on my ‘must do’ list every day.
      BenC, thanks for your comment, but you said, “We”. Where are the rest of ‘We’?
      The reason you give is a bit glib, given that Tony is known as rarely being right, but I take your point. Gillard has made the mistakes that anyone who tries to improve the world is bound to make. What worries me Ben, is that Abbott doesn’t appear to have any idea of how to go forward.
      I would never vote for Turnbull, because he opposes me ideologically. But I would not be in fear of Turnbull leading a Government, because I think of him as a reasonable man. I know that many others on both sides have similar views.
      I am, however, in fear of Abbott, or of any other church/sect/cult based political agenda. Loving my Country is all about protecting it from religous zealotry, and with Abbott in charge, that, combined with his inability to control himself rage-wise, is the basis of my very real fear.
      Look at it this way. When someone, (anyone), says to my grandson, “If you don’t follow the rules set down by an old Nazi in Rome, and restrict yourself to his announced allowances you will burn eternally in the fires of hell”, I consider that, because it terrifies the boy, to be terrorism.
      That is my fear of Abbott.

    • Babylon says:

      06:12pm | 25/09/12


      Sorry to drop in unannounced but does anyone here know where the Australian Mining boom has gone???

    • Mouse says:

      10:38am | 25/09/12

      hahahahaha! I read that yesterday. Oh, the questions that just jump out, the mind boggles!  Makes you wonder what some people get up to doesn’t lt?  rfl   :oD

    • iMitchy says:

      11:25am | 25/09/12

      That last paragraph is so cleverly written - very cheeky.
      I didn’t see that in any of yesterday’s articles on the subject.

    • sunny says:

      01:21pm | 25/09/12

      That eel will need years of counseling and therapy.

    • vox says:

      10:28am | 25/09/12

      “I’m going back to Jackson,
      before the fire runs out….

    • fml says:

      10:33am | 25/09/12

      Do I get a prize for bringing it to everyone’s attention first?

      And saved the punch’s blushes?

    • AdamC says:

      10:56am | 25/09/12

      A comment I made earlier got knocked back because a link to an Australian Opinion article was apparently ‘black listed’.

      It must be a pretty restrictive black list to include The Punch’s News Limited national stablemate. When was this implemented?

    • MadamC says:

      12:56pm | 25/09/12

      “was apparently”

      There is your first mistake, making an assumption.

    • Markus says:

      01:54pm | 25/09/12

      When providing corrections to the ‘cost of smoking’ figure quoted by an anti-smoking article (again), I found that even the federal Department of Health website is blacklisted.

      Perhaps they borrowed the blacklist that Conroy uses, the one that has Queensland dentists blacklisted, among other things.

    • Joan says:

      10:58am | 25/09/12

      Hey the ockers from down under visiting UN -  the PM who knifed her way to the top and the unelected foreign minster what a team- Gillard on gender equality reckons more truck driver jobs for women and Carr yacking on about galahs in pet shops - sounded like the original galahs let loose in the UN.

    • JoniM says:

      12:00pm | 25/09/12

      Like Lady Penelope & Vigil from the Thunderbirds…....International Rescue ! Aussie Thunderbirds are Go !

    • Swany says:

      12:27pm | 25/09/12

      No sweet heart she is swanning with the Africans don’t you know ask Tony .

    • Babylon says:

      01:28pm | 25/09/12

      Gillard by her own admission said she was no good at foreign policy. she made that announcement before going into the Lions den of International Leaders.

      Smart cookie

    • MadamC says:

      02:23pm | 25/09/12

      What GIllard said was matters foreign aren’t really her thing. That’s why there is a Foreign minister and advisers. In fact, there are ministers who focus on all sorts of matters just in case you hadn’t noticed.

      Of course Abbott’s thing is making blunders, in part because his simple, slogan-style political messaging isn’t as well suited to more nuanced debate.

      Abbott the blunt instrument will never be PM. Too many self inflicted blows to the head is my guess.

    • Gregg says:

      11:02am | 25/09/12

      My caption would be ” Great to have you on board for the campaign George and even better if you stay out of sight! “

      And then for Golden Joe, I’m sure we could come out with all sort of quotes of what’s in hiding or could pop up anytime soon!
      How’s the body language of the bikers!

      And then for more on common humanity, Jessica Irvine was telling us about it in China where there must be heaps of it when you have thousands of people living in company dormitories

    • Geronimo says:

      11:42am | 25/09/12

      Hi There, This is your Captain Romney Speaking…47% of Americans who don’t pay taxes are going to vote for Barack Obama, how do you feel about that Passengers. From row 26, “No doubt that includes you Romney”?

    • Shane From Melbourne says:

      12:15pm | 25/09/12

      The Pandas are coming today. No doubt there will be a waiting queue a mile long to log onto Blizzard servers…....

    • Inky says:

      02:55pm | 25/09/12

      And then there’s me, happily logging into Turbine servers with no wa-



      -it at all. Alright, so my prefferred MMO has a few lag spikes from time to time…  but at least it’s not WoW.

    • TheRealDave says:

      03:03pm | 25/09/12

      First expansion I have not bought and been there to log in on day 1…

    • Knemon says:

      12:22pm | 25/09/12

      “Lovely work Clint…now where do we go from here?”

    • Economist says:

      12:25pm | 25/09/12

      Caption comp. As usual I have many.

      “Corporations are people so are planes, vote 1 Mitt”

      “God what are you doing here, I thought you were only channeled by Michelle Bachmann”

      “No my pant tent is only for the 47%”

      “Blessed be that this plane becomes Airforce 1”

      Actual Romney quote that’s apt ans surely a winner “When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly, ..... and you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem.”

    • Yak says:

      12:36pm | 25/09/12

      What is with people putting the toilet roll on backward, every bloody time? It may just be my OCD, but I’m baffled as to how anyone can effectively rip off the required (in my case exactly 3 pieces, folded neatly) sheets when the roll is facing away from the user. Is there a dexterity lesson taken whence young that I missed? They should make toilet rolls that only go one way.

    • sunny says:

      01:34pm | 25/09/12

      I’m in the process of inventing an automatic arse wiper. It looks like the track of an army tank jutting out from the wall, except it has toilet paper not tank tracks and it’s scaled right down of course. All you do is switch it on, then back up to the wall, applying the arse to the toliet paper as it moves around on the track. I’m going to call it the Lazy Arse. Patent pending.

    • gobsmack says:

      02:44pm | 25/09/12


      You should call it “Little Johnny”.

    • Alfie says:

      03:06pm | 25/09/12

      Once heard a story about a middle-eastern bloke who got the wrong idea about a toilet brush. He complained to the hotel about the harsh bristles.

    • Scotchfinger says:

      03:30pm | 25/09/12

      Alfie, how did the gentleman mistake a toilet brush for a donkeys penis? Seems odd.

    • Mouse says:

      05:50pm | 25/09/12

      Donkey’s penis, harsh bristles, Little Johnny, arse wiper???  OMG, this day just keeps getting better’n'betterer!! lol

      I am also of the “can’t understand why” people put toilet rolls on back to front. How on earth can you see the pretty pics roll out if it’s on the wrong way??  :o/

    • Yak says:

      06:13pm | 25/09/12

      Laugh, I nearly shat.

      Great work people.

    • Joel B1 says:

      12:39pm | 25/09/12

      “The Australian economy is a “coat of many colours”: the miners’ fluorescent yellow shines brightly as a part of the whole… “

      Can I say that I think our PM Gillard might be a bit out of touch with ordinary or real Australia?

      Around here it’s all fluoro jackets, from the posties and their bikes to the “walking to school bus” conductors, it’s like a bad acid-trip flashback.

    • HappyG says:

      01:58pm | 25/09/12

      @Joel B1. What was the answer to your question on yesterday’s OT regarding certain gentlemen with chequered histories ?

    • Tim says:

      12:55pm | 25/09/12

      Hey, even if I lose i’m still gonna be Fly like a G6.

      Now, where my bitches at?

    • Captain says:

      01:09pm | 25/09/12

      It’s OK Captain decending the stairs backwards will stimulate the left side of my brain

    • Bev says:

      02:58pm | 25/09/12

      Yes the figures are similar.  If you look at the figures for child murder mothers kill more children man fathers and if you look at the 2008 figures mothers killed twice as many children as did fathers (11 to 6).

      They will just totally ignore it and stay on message.

    • tez says:

      04:01pm | 25/09/12

      What caused the mothers to murder & suicide was there a man involved just asking not jumping to conclusions?

    • sunny says:

      02:34pm | 25/09/12

      “Blue skies, smiling at me. Nothing but blue skies, do I see..”

    • London Calling says:

      02:39pm | 25/09/12

      Hey Captain, can I put my dog on the roof?

    • Redeker Plan says:

      04:25pm | 25/09/12

      ROFL! You win all the interwebs, London Calling. Nice one.

    • gobsmack says:

      04:45pm | 25/09/12


      “Can we do without the left wing?”

    • Baloo says:

      05:16pm | 25/09/12

      This has to be the winner!

    • Yak says:

      06:17pm | 25/09/12

      @Baloo, seconded.


    • Mouse says:

      06:50pm | 25/09/12

      I reckon wearing one of them wil make you “turning Japanese, I really think so….”  Love the one on the desk   LOL   :oD

    • stephen says:

      05:21pm | 25/09/12

      ‘I only hope the poor don’t fly’.

    • Alfie says:

      05:50pm | 25/09/12

      Can you fly this plane, and land it?
      Surely you can’t be serious.
      I am serious… and don’t call me Shirley.

      Leslie Nielsen - Flying High


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