January Caption Contest

New year, new laughs.

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Behold: the first caption contest of 2016! A caption-writing muscle must be trained like all other muscles, and if your brain is anything like the gym in early January, you've been doggedly if resentfully elbowing others out of the way and keeping it honed and ready for just such an occasion. Fortunately, after this you have our permission to lapse into a restful torpor until this time next month. Don't worry, this month's photo is worth it.

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You know the rules; you love the rules, but here they are again:

  • Leave your funniest clean caption to the photo in the comments section below. We reserve the right to delete captions that we deem inappropriate. We’re not too stingy, but try to keep it moderately PG-13.
  • Captions submitted any other way besides in the comment section will not be accepted! That means do not use the feedback form, though you may really, really want to.
  • Captions will be accepted from the moment this post goes live until Friday, January 22 at 10 a.m. Mountain Time.
  • A crack team of humor experts will pick the winner and we will announce it shortly thereafter.

The winner will receive one of our new 6W Solar Panels! Aaaaaand GO!


Comments 151 comments

  • itfitz / about 7 years ago / 11

    Some call me... Tim

  • Member #19960 / about 7 years ago / 10

    I didn't get a Dumpster Dive again! Every one, grab your torches and pitchforks!

  • Colecago / about 7 years ago * / 7

    Prometheus: I stole fire from the Gods!

    Humanity: Pics or it didn't happen

  • Member #394180 / about 7 years ago / 6

    Shit! Third lightsaber to do that this week.

  • union7 / about 7 years ago / 6

    "we're low on educational content posts, so here is another caption contest!" lol

  • MechaTweak / about 7 years ago / 5

    FlameFun, the inevitable evolution of SparkFun.

  • Erik Kallen / about 7 years ago / 4

    F**K USB I still use FireWire

  • Brandon James / about 7 years ago / 4

    This is the only remaining photo from the great Colorado fire of 2016.

  • And I said, I don't care if they lay me off either, because I told, I told Bill that if they move my desk one more time, then, then I'm, I'm quitting, I'm going to quit. And, and I told Don too, because they've moved my desk four times already this year, and I used to be over by the window, and I could see the squirrels, and they were merry, but then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn't bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it's not okay because if they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire...

  • MarmotXing / about 7 years ago / 3

    Behold! I have created- wait, that's not supposed to be on fire, hold on a second.

  • Barry2 / about 7 years ago / 2

    Yes, we have tantalum capacitor's!

  • kagayl / about 7 years ago / 2

    All IC's are made of smoke. When the smoke escapes, they stop working. All Sparkfun products are made of sparks. When they stopped working, you have to take it outside to let the sparks escape.

  • Member #30905 / about 7 years ago / 2

    And so Nick beings the 2016 Spark fun games with the traditional torch lighting ceremony.

  • Member #341578 / about 7 years ago / 2

    Behold, the internet of FIRE!

  • Faraday's Cage / about 7 years ago / 2

    Sparkfun's new year release - Fireduino Launchpad with Smokey Smokey. Sky is the limit!

  • Member #15009 / about 7 years ago / 2

    Nick's body piercing kit now comes with an instant cauterizer.

  • Jeff and Jack / about 7 years ago * / 2

    I am NICK , God of Electronics!
    Look on my works, ye mighty, and -- oh wait, my lightsaber went out; lemme start over ...

  • cobra18t / about 7 years ago / 2

    This is what happens when you over-design a cigarette lighter.

  • Member #410531 / about 7 years ago / 2

    Do you want wildfires? Because this is how you get wildfires.

  • saccade / about 7 years ago / 2

    Reason #7 pointing lasers at airplanes is dangerous.

  • ameyring / about 7 years ago / 2

    Employee gets fired up after getting fired from Sparkfun!

  • Member #746319 / about 7 years ago / 2

    Mr. Smith's science class stood in awe, pondering who their longterm substitute might be.

  • Today's cool new product: The Lithium-Ion powered baseball bat. Bwahahaha!

  • Erik Kallen / about 7 years ago / 2

    If I hold it in my other hand water comes out..

  • Erik Kallen / about 7 years ago / 2

    Now THAT's a solar flare!

  • Member #674392 / about 7 years ago / 2

    Headline: Olympic torch runner uses torch as signal flare after getting lost by following apple maps!

  • Member #428629 / about 7 years ago / 2

    Nicks last words....Hey Y'all, watch this!!!

  • Pokey / about 7 years ago / 2

    Look at all the sparks I give!

  • Sparkfun Wish List:

    Piezo Igniter

    In stock COM-10234

    $9.95

    Tube - Aluminum (1"OD x 14"L x 0.82"ID)

    in Stock ROB-12375

    $5.39

    Methane - Sparkfun Cafeteria served beans.

    Only 13 left: FART-99999

    Priceless.

  • Member #580180 / about 7 years ago / 2

    Unhappy with their services, Sparfun employees try to destroy the cloud.

  • stcarlso / about 7 years ago / 2

    Now I am become Nick, the destroyer of SparkFun.

  • OneJasso / about 7 years ago / 2

    Incendio!

  • ME heat o nator / about 7 years ago / 2

    Now that I've mastered the flame spurt, I can live undisturbed...now if only I could discover the secret of the R.O.U.S.'s.

  • denbo68 / about 7 years ago / 2

    Who are you who can summon fire without flint or tinder?

  • Fazzitron / about 7 years ago / 2

    All of SparkFun lived in harmony. Then, everything changed when the fire nation attacked.

  • Shoboat / about 7 years ago * / 1

    "Need a light?" These were the last words Mark heard before he lost his eyebrows.

  • Our new fishing tale lie detector kit is HAWT!

  • John Marc / about 7 years ago / 1

    Training to carry the Olympic torch has begun!

  • idget / about 7 years ago / 1

    From massive flooding at sparkfun to wild fires.

  • bbotany / about 7 years ago / 1

    Now! Now I am ready show how to mow this lawn!

    And ready to call the fire department. Just in case...

  • Crawdad / about 7 years ago / 1

    'Scuse me while I light the sky...

  • BeerCannon / about 7 years ago / 1

    Our new Instructable: How to make incendiary remarks without Twitter.

  • Member #655621 / about 7 years ago / 1

    If this gets any hotter, the field's going to have a bad day.

  • Member #757164 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Oh no, not again.

  • Faraday's Cage / about 7 years ago / 1

    They told me to light up the sky!

  • Faraday's Cage / about 7 years ago / 1

    Who said global warming is caused by carbon emission?

  • thewillsterr / about 7 years ago / 1

    Oh no! The Make Magazine garage door opener did this again!

  • thewillsterr / about 7 years ago / 1

    Little known to the SparkFun Empire, a simple spark soon created not only a new logo, but also a fire based revolution.

  • Firefox9001 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Guess what I got in my Dumpster Dive!

  • Retro transmitter: Works in both visible and infrared!

  • Member #269931 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Hey anyone can you see the Sparkfun logo?

  • jbrill1976 / about 7 years ago / 1

    You'll probably see a lot of these in the next dumpster dive. Fire not included, air freight not allowed.

  • jbrill1976 / about 7 years ago / 1

    And so the great and powerful Oz after having his balloon and ego deflated, was last seen in Colorado trying to find his way back to Kansas.

  • Member #373803 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Imagination sparks intelligence sparks invention. On a side note Spark fun is now hiring.

  • Member #373803 / about 7 years ago / 1

    With a spark of intelligence man created fire, never mind the tall dry grass every where.

  • Member #373803 / about 7 years ago / 1

    I have the powerrrrr!

  • Member #152371 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Because the man in my dream, the one standing on the hill, it is not me... It is you, Nick. (Sonny, iROBOT)

  • vybz263 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Little did he know, his meme about "getting fired" that went viral would get him unemployed.

  • Gregg Harrington / about 7 years ago / 1

    What do you mean I am standing in a field of dry grass?!?

  • Member #15009 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Do not try this at home!

  • MFindley / about 7 years ago * / 1

    Moments later, Nick realized that the flame retardant properties of the faux fur coat were oversold and underdelivered.

  • Your Robot Overlord / about 7 years ago / 1

    "The serial arsonist is the most difficult to apprehend because the evidence is burned up."

    • bbotany / about 7 years ago / 1

      Perhaps cereal arsonist? I mean, look at that field...

  • jlclemon / about 7 years ago / 1

    Next on VH1's Behind the Villain every villain has that pivotal moment and this was his. The moment where Nick went from Creative Technologist to Flameborg the Evil Genius.

  • cobra18t / about 7 years ago / 1

    It wasn't supposed to do that.

  • tarlen / about 7 years ago / 1

    With the Dumpster Dive complete, SparkFun prepares for their new "Scorched Earth" promotion. Some feel marketing may have taken it too far.

  • henryhbk / about 7 years ago / 1

    We don't know who struck first, us or them. But we do know it was us that scorched the sky.

  • Member #19154 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Well, whaddya know? Cow flatulence DOES burn!

  • MrWidget / about 7 years ago / 1

    Nick doesn't settle for just letting the "Magic Blue Smoke" out.

  • Shoboat / about 7 years ago / 1

    Need a light?

  • Member #410531 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

  • Member #594362 / about 7 years ago / 1

    SparkFun EHS would not allow this re-creation of their logo on company property. We're still not sure why they allowed it here...

  • ElegantElectrons / about 7 years ago / 1

    Saving time by reflowing the solder and burning the EEPROM in the same step.

  • Member #282466 / about 7 years ago * / 1

    Suddenly, Smokey felt that something was very, very wrong. He had felt this feeling only once before and knew that this twinge could only be the result of SFE employees going outside. Thankfully, bears can run, engineers can't.

  • NorseEngineer / about 7 years ago * / 1

    Nick, holding what is left of SparkFun's servers after the dumpster dive, calls for help.

  • janascii / about 7 years ago / 1

    We started testing some products for hot air balloon drones. This may not have been such a good idea..

  • Beto Arango / about 7 years ago / 1

    And si how we burned up the the methane sensor...

  • noworries / about 7 years ago / 1

    Set one fire alarm off at work, and they make you go outside to test things...

  • Member #637354 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Yippee ki yay ...

  • XLT_Frank / about 7 years ago / 1

    "Releasing of my gas just got so much more interesting! Friends, family, and coworkers beware!"

  • Member #398338 / about 7 years ago / 1

    From now on, you'll have to refer to me as "Nick, Lord of the Flame."

  • Faraday's Cage / about 7 years ago * / 1

    The solitary reaper tries to spark fun; invents wireless hotspot out of none

  • Forgvn77 / about 7 years ago / 1

    January? HaHaHa!!! The Heat Is On my friends!! :)

  • Colin_C / about 7 years ago / 1

    No, flaming jelly fish, you cannot has my candy bar.

  • Member #707267 / about 7 years ago / 1

    A man out-standing in his field.

  • Draxssab / about 7 years ago / 1

    A hot sefie, the Sparkfun way

  • Erik Kallen / about 7 years ago / 1

    Hololo.....and the sky turned blue and the flame red

  • Erik Kallen / about 7 years ago / 1

    What comes after sparks FIRE!!!

  • RobotRacer / about 7 years ago / 1

    And with a Spark, the fire dance begins to summon the power of the electrical god, Tesla

  • Member #345220 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Behold: what hath eluded me so hath given me fire. Mighty blaze and canon of fart, it is time.

  • Member #428629 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Field of dead grass... Check!, Cellphone Camera..... Check!, Stick of giant fireball... Check! What could possibly go wrong....

  • BoulderNative / about 7 years ago / 1

    Spark Oddity: Commencing Countdown, Engines On...

  • Runningman / about 7 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun's new wildfire starter-kit. Get yours today!

  • Member #293584 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Fortunately, the SF shrinking ray kit included a match to signal for help. Unfortunately, the kit didn't specify the dangers of lighting it on top of the shop's dog.

  • Member #477655 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Inventor of the Fart Stick lights his first blue flame before dying in a grass fire.

  • GCF / about 7 years ago / 1

    Putting the "wild" back into Colorado Wild Fire.

  • Member #726851 / about 7 years ago / 1

    I knew I should have bought a battery charger from SparkFun.

  • Butterwaffle / about 7 years ago / 1

    Controlled burn just means I have to use an Arduino on the valve solenoid, right?

  • ingenio18 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Kylo Ren attempts his first light saber

  • Dahio / about 7 years ago / 1

    In his constant quest for irony, Nick deploys the Smokey Bear Signal.

  • JPitty / about 7 years ago / 1

    KIT-13420 Sparkfun Bong-Gone-Wrong v0.1

  • Member #15009 / about 7 years ago / 1

    selfire

  • dfletche / about 7 years ago / 1

    Mythbusters demise, Sparkfun win

  • Member #540211 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Popularizing the anonymous (back-of-the-head) selfie by letting magic smoke (and fire) out in the background!

  • Member #708053 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Fire. FIRE! I HAVE MADE FIRE!

  • Member #580180 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun tries out the new open source fire torch.

  • Member #580180 / about 7 years ago / 1

    There aren't any fire detectors outside.

  • FSJ Guy / about 7 years ago / 1

    Remember, after the fire, after all the rain, I will be the flame!!!

  • Colecago / about 7 years ago / 1

    Follow me on Snapchat: Prometheus

  • Member #15009 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Arms spread wide to show he's not cheating! or maybe he's worried about his cell phone.

  • Member #220272 / about 7 years ago / 1

    I AM LOKI, GOD OF FIRE... FEEL MY WRATH!!!

  • DanJAB / about 7 years ago / 1

    This is where Nick goes when company policy prohibits his latest project.

  • DanJAB / about 7 years ago / 1

    There's never a dull day in boulder when Nick's around.

  • moiven / about 7 years ago / 1

    Behold my potato canon!

  • chriscrowder / about 7 years ago / 1

    When you said your phone call would warm my heart I did not think you meant it literally!

  • cholq / about 7 years ago / 1

    Nate was never as happy that he enforced a strict "no smoking" policy on SparkFun's property as he was the day he looked out his window and saw Nick Poole vaping in the empty lot next door.

  • SparkyHF / about 7 years ago / 1

    The first evidence of the flame being in the SparkFun logo.

  • cholq / about 7 years ago / 1

    SparkFun's secret weapon against trolls who try to start flame wars in the comment section.

  • MrWidget / about 7 years ago / 1

    Attempt #34 to recreate the Sparkfun Logo IRL

  • MrWidget / about 7 years ago / 1

    I am the God of Hellfire and I bring You FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • BeerCannon / about 7 years ago / 1

    "When you can take the remote from my hand, it will be time for you to leave."

  • dksmall / about 7 years ago / 1

    Where there is Spark, there is Fun!

  • bdwyer / about 7 years ago / 1

    R&D of Light-saber prototyping trials, iteration # 41: Light more controlled than previous experiments. However, looking closer at our subject, we confirm consistent side-effect of hair removal from head and facial region.

  • Member #668594 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Let the Fire Olympics begin!

  • 53RG10 / about 7 years ago * / 1

    Here is our XXI century Prometheus: only Nick can stand up to Zeus!

  • johnhenry / about 7 years ago / 1

    I'm the Master of Sparks on High!

  • Member #86565 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Summon the Rohirrim! And change your shirt!

  • Member #286247 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Only YOU can prevent engineers from playing with fire...

  • TheRonster / about 7 years ago / 1

    The modern caveman - controlling fire from his phone

  • j.tilghman / about 7 years ago / 1

    Let there be FIRE !

  • Member #15009 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Nick's DIY methane gas torch!

  • jma89 / about 7 years ago / 1

    I have a bad feeling about this...

    -- Han

  • Bob797 / about 7 years ago / 1

    There,s got be a better way to set the world on fire with with our electronics.

  • Mr. Ben / about 7 years ago / 1

    Come on Sparkfun, light my fire! Come on Sparkfun, light my fire!

  • Ben19 / about 7 years ago * / 1

    Moments prior to the elimination of all body hair - the final step in Nick's transition to machine.

  • Fire? Wait...What FIRE!? I thought It was supposed to be magic smoke...oh crap.

  • chriscrowder / about 7 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun.. all about how to start some 'fun' with just a spark.

  • Ben19 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go fire.

  • MirithD / about 7 years ago / 1

    Only YOU can prevent brush fires.

  • Member #764075 / about 7 years ago / 1

    I have the poweeeeeer! (Heman)

  • Member #764075 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Man... right after he got fire from Promethius.

  • mdancer / about 7 years ago / 1

    I don't always let out the magic blue smoke, but when I do, I prefer to do it in style.

  • Echo / about 7 years ago / 1

    Thou shall not pass!

  • l0gikG8 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Listen up, see this, this is my boom stick.

  • MechaTweak / about 7 years ago / 1

    OK, who added a fire aspect to my spell of efficiency +3 ?

  • l0gikG8 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Making the Sparkfun logo with real sparks

  • Engineered / about 7 years ago / 1

    Nick's live Sparkfun logo generator.

  • Member #24259 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Smoke test! FAILED!

  • ResonantEvil / about 7 years ago / 1

    They told me the Olympic torch would be here! What gives?

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