First Caption Contest Finalists!

[note: This post is a repeat from earlier in the week. Just wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to get ballots in before the end of the weekend.]

As promised, we're back with the finalists for our first caption contest. It was hard to whittle your 100+ sparkling entries down to six, but we tried our best. So now the fun really begins. We're going to let YOU pick the winner. Here's how it'll work: Each finalist is labeled with a letter. All you have to do is decide which is the best (whatever your definition of "best" is), and drop your ballot in the comments below.

A couple more rules: obviously you can only vote once. Any tricksters trying to enter multiple ballots will be disqualified from the voting process. (Not that we expect such nefarious behavior from our readers, but y'know, we have to put it out there just in case.)

Lastly: in the event of a tie, Mangesh will be the arbiter of taste and pick one winner out of those tied for the top spot. He hasn't told me he'll do this, mind you. But hey, it's his site, so who else should we trust?

Now then, on with the 6 finalists!

A "“ Josh entered: ""¦..Well all I'm saying is I don't see any rain"

B "“ Scott entered: "I thought it said all geniuses welcome. That says genuses!"

C "“ Cas entered: "I read the Bible and I am not liking where this is going..."

D "“ Ed Hands entered: "And THIS is why you never put your business card in the "˜free cruise giveaway' bowl at the Chinese buffet"¦"

E "“ Dennis entered: "This is not what was advertised in the brochure when we booked our cruise to the mountains of Ararat."

F "“ Sally entered: "Hey, when Noah asked for two asses to come aboard, do you think maybe he meant the two-legged kind instead of us?"

And remember, you can always click on the cartoon if you want to enlarge the image. We'll leave the voting open through the weekend and roll out the winner next week.

Note to finalists: start browsing our store now to pick out a t-shirt in case it's yours to claim next week!

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Are You Eco-Conscious? You Could Win a Trip to the Dominican Republic
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Do you love lounging on the beach but also want to take action to save the planet? You'll be able to do both if you're chosen to serve as a "sustainability advisor" for a luxury resort in the Dominican Republic, Lonely Planet reports.

The worldwide contest is sponsored by Eden Roc at Cap Cana in Punta Cana. The winner and one friend will receive a five-night stay at the Relais & Châteaux hotel, where they'll partake in specially curated activities like a food-sourcing trip with the hotel's chef. (One caveat, though: Airfare isn't included.)

You don't need a degree in conservation to enter, but you will need an Instagram account. Give the resort's Instagram page (@edenroccapcana) a follow and post a photo of you carrying out an eco-friendly activity on your own page. Be sure to tag the resort and use the official hashtag, #EcoEdenRoc.

The only requirement is that the winner meet with hotel staff at the end of his or her trip to suggest some steps that the hotel can take to reduce its environmental impact. The hotel has already banned plastic straws and reduced its usage of plastic bottles, and the sole mode of transport used on site is the electric golf cart.

Beyond the resort, though, the Dominican Republic struggles with deforestation and soil erosion, and the nation scored poorly on the 2018 Environmental Performance Index for the agricultural category.

Entries to the contest will be accepted until August 31, and you can read the full terms and conditions here.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

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You Could Design Cadbury’s Next Chocolate Bar
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Get ready to channel your inner Willy Wonka. Cadbury is asking the public to invent a brand new chocolate bar to complement the confectioner's current crop of Dairy Milk products, The Independent reports.

As part of the contest, would-be chocolatiers can select up to three ingredients to create a custom Cadbury chocolate bar. There are more than 90,000 possible flavor combinations, so if you want to invent a bubblegum-spearmint-coffee chocolate bar, you can knock yourself out. Some of the more unconventional ingredients to choose from include popping candy (as in Pop Rocks), tomato, rose, and dijon mustard. There are also more traditional dessert flavors available, like almond, toffee, and cookie dough.

After you choose your flavors, you'll need to name your candy bar. (If past public naming contests are anything to go by, you'll win points just for keeping it clean.) If you want, you can also provide a short explanation of what inspired your recipe.

A panel of judges will create a shortlist of the best fan-created chocolate bars based on taste and creativity. Three finalists will receive a trip to Cadbury’s headquarters in Birmingham, England, where they’ll have the chance to taste their creations in person. All three finalists' chocolate bars will hit store shelves in the UK and Ireland for a limited run sometime in 2019, and the winning bar—chosen through a combination of sales data and public voting—will stay on shelves for at least a year. The lucky chocolatier who created the bar will receive a yearlong supply for free.

To design your own bar, visit Cadbury’s website and submit your entry before July 31.

[h/t The Independent]

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