8th Caption Contest Finalists!

Thanks to all who entered our 8th Caption Contest. Now the fun really begins: it's up to YOU to pick the winner. As always, 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. As always, one vote per person. And the finalists are...

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A: Charades: pirate's just don't get it.

B: Never gonna give ewe up, never gonna let ewe down"¦

C: Captain Black lost his eye, Simmons lost his shoes, but James and Mr. Edwards got the brunt of the stolen treasure's curse.

D: Historical Moment - The first ewe-boat to be sunk.

E: "The Vikings used wool sails!" he says. "I'll just make it along the way!" he says. Yargh!

F: When you were drinking last night I told you something like this would happen if you got two sheeps to the wind.

G: "S.O.S.!!!!! SAVE OUR SHIP, not SAVE OUR SHEEP! This is the worst rescue ever!"

H: Arr, though it may be me ruin, I'm a sucker for two sheeps passing in the night.

I: A good captain always goes down with his sheep.

J: No matter how grave the situation, we still have ewephamisms.

K: "I think it's obvious Jenkins, we've been hit by a Ewe-boat."

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