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Dumb Caption # 55: “Weather Gone Viral” on The Weather Channel: 10-4-2020

Sometimes I feel that I’m picking on The Weather Channel, but heck, they are such a great source for these things.The narration was backing up a film of microscopic ocean creatures lighting up the water, and the fact of bioluminescence … Continue reading

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Dumb Captions # 54: Song of Love

Katherine Hepburn as Clara Schumann is commenting on contemporary attitudes and says something about phoniness that includes the phrase “gilt and glitter”. The Caption: “guilt and glitter”. Funny how those things don’t go together at all, huh?

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Dumb Captions: Planet Earth – Frozen Planet, Season 1, Episode 2 “Spring” (2012)

Richard Attenborough on elephant seals: When these titans clash bones crunch. Caption: When these titans clash bonzes crunch. WHAAT?

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Dumb Captions: Murdoch Mysteries, Season 13, Episode 8, The Final Curtain

Mr. Potter to a female character: “Madame, how are you faring?” Caption: “Madame, how are you fairing?”

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Dumb Captions # 51: The Weather Channel, November 2019

Weathercaster: (in this kind of weather -) “The cold air is boss.” Caption: “The cold air is bought’s.” ¬†Whaat? I’ve said before that trying to caption a live broadcast is one of the toughest jobs in existence, but I couldn’t … Continue reading

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Dumb Caption # 50 (sort of an unwelcome milestone, huh?) – The Weather Channel – Reported by George

Earlier today on the Weather Channel one of the weather-casters said, “Even small compact storms can cause a lot of misery” And the caption? “Even small compact storms can cause a lot of Missouri.” I’ve stopped fretting – now I … Continue reading

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Dumb Captions # 49: Bombshell (1933)

Franchot Tone as Gifford Middleton: “Did you ever ride the Aiken Hunt?” Caption: “Did you ever write the Aiken Hunt?” Gifford again: “I must have seen you sculptured in a frieze.” Caption: “I must have seen you sculptured in a … Continue reading

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Dumb Caption # 48: A Promo for The Weather Channel’s “Storm of Suspicion”

“Not wanting to destroy a brand new Mercedes, we bought our car with metallic black leather interior from a local junkyard.” Caption: “… from a local john yard.” A yard of toilets? A yard of eager guys? What is going … Continue reading

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Dumb Captions Reign Supreme at the 2019 Golden Globes – comment by George

Look, I know that captioning anything that’s being broadcast live is a terrible job. People talk at different speeds, there are profane ad libs, etc. BUT the presenters are reading off a teleprompter – doesn’t the captioner have access to … Continue reading

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Dumb Caption # 46 – The Return of Sherlock Holmes : The Empty House

After Colonel Moran is captured and Holmes is orating the finer points of the case, Moran says: “You may or may not have just cause for arresting me, but there can be no reason why I should be subjected to … Continue reading

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