And the winner is...

"You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing."

While it may raise some eyebrows, I selected the above caption submitted by Kirk Rabe as the winner in this photo caption contest. The caption is actually a quote from the Bible (Deuteronomy 25:4) and refers to the Old Testament law that oxen should be allowed to eat grain to satisfy their hunger as they tread upon the grain at the threshing mill. A mean, miserly owner might muzzle his work animals, forcing them to go hungry while he gathers all the threshed grain for himself, but this law instructs that the laborer, too, must be provided for fairly. A modern day paraphrase of this caption for this blog might then go something like this:

"The puppetmaker must eat also; repay him fairly for his service, otherwise he's left with nothing but to talk to himself through mask muzzle. "

For his winning entry, Kirk Rabe will receive a copy of the book Dummy Days by Kelly Asbury. Congratulations Kirk, and thanks to all of you who submitted captions. You are a creative group!


  1. Anonymous4/07/2011

    Great photo, Clinton! LOL! This is going to be a fun contest. I think that you are having a tad, too much fun out there in, Colorado, my friend! Keep it up! Regards, Joe "Capt.Joe" Radle

  2. I agree, This is always a fun contest. I too sent in a few slogans to consider, I hope you will like them, Thanks you again for contacting Capt. Joe as he is very Interesting, Talented and friendly, A new friend and I owe it all to you, Great Job on your Blog as well as all other aspects of your Efforts. Thanks my Friend, Bill

  3. Wow, what a very creative and fitting slogan,. Congratulations to the winner, and to all who got to witness the feat. I did enjoy doing this and Shut my mouth, if that isn't a clever slogan, Thanks Bill

  4. Anonymous4/18/2011

    Wait a minute! They were told not to muzzle the Oxen while they walked on the grain to thresh it? Does it say anything about putting diapers on the oxen? Now, that would worry me some!
    Lord Have mercy! Just clowning around folks!
    Regards to all! Joe "Capt.Joe" Radle </:o)