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‘The New Yorker’ Challenges Readers to Caption Cartoon From ‘Seinfeld’

pig at a complaint department
New Yorker

It’s been fourteen years since an original episode of ‘Seinfeld’ aired, yet the sitcom still looms large over pop culture.

The latest example of the lingering effects of the seminal show come from the ‘The New Yorker,’ which is using a cartoon featured on a famous ‘Seinfeld’ episode for its latest reader caption contest.

The etching of a pig at a complaint department comes from a 1998 episode where Elaine is stumped by the meaning of a cartoon in the New Yorker, finally going to their offices and getting an editor to confess he also has no idea what is going on in the drawing.

Elaine then draws her own cartoon — the pig at the complaint department — and it gets published in The New Yorker. It is later revealed that she subconsciously swiped the idea, and her big moment is ruined by plagiarism accusations.

Now ‘The New Yorker’ is inviting its readers to caption the cartoon that mocked the magazine all those years ago. ‘Seinfeld’ fans might remember that Elaine’s original caption was “I wish I was taller.” (Jerry suggested the caption should instead be,”I can’t find my receipt, my place is a sty.”)

Check out a clip from the episode below, and let us know what you think the caption should be.

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