Manic Mannequins Take On Ecuador: 10 Journeys Through Time and Space


Ever wonder what it would be like to experience time travel? I did it this summer and would now like to share with you my secret–my number one tip, in fact.

Visit Ecuador and go window shopping. That’s it.

See, in cities like Quito and Cuenca (and even some small towns), a unique time travel journey–back to the amazing American Frontier, into some mysterious modern moments and then moving forward  into a surreal/futuristic world of aliens—is possible.  Just walk around and look around. No guide necessary!

Silver alien mannequin

Here’s a photo essay—of Ecuador’s mannequins—which will take you on an unforgettable ride…into the past, present and the future. Want to enhance your experience? Help me with the written side of the creative process.

Write a Caption, Win a Link!

Want to help write some captions (title and perhaps commentary to go with it)? A task like this is a serious undertaking—one that I can’t handle on my own. I must enlist the help of experts. Like you. And if you write an awesome caption, one I end up using, you will be:

—thanked and mentioned within this post, with a link back to your site
—a permanent friend of the mannequins themselves; they will smile at and upon you…forever

Or, if you’d like, weave a tale about a few (or all) of the mannequins. It does seem there’s a story here, does it not?

So, without further ado, let’s get on the bus and enjoy some mannequin madness!

The Past

1. American Badger Outfitters

This one reminds me of Davy Crockett as a kid. Or would that be Daniel Boone at a tween? Definitely not a hipster or metro sexual. Cool hat, no? I’m getting one next time I’m in Quito. The reason? No one will try to steal it. Or rob me, for that matter. No one.

Alternative caption: Save a Tree, Wear a Beaver

D Crockett Mannequin


2. Community College Nursing Program Volunteer

Yikes. What went wrong here? Does she suffer from RBS (redundant bandage syndrome)? And wha’sup with the Playtex bra? I thought they went out of style in the 1950s.

Alternative Caption: I Got in a Fight With Mannequin #1’s Cat!

Medical Mannequin

The Present

3. Oil of Olivia…the Look, the Feel of Sleek…Pleather

This shiny mannequin really caught my eye. How could it not? I worry about her, though. I would imagine her head gets cold at times. Perhaps she could borrow Davy’s hat?


Shiny Mannequin

4.Mannequin Voodoo Doll

This is one of my personal favorites. I mean, really. What the hell went wrong here? Did someone take the cheap way out? Are they rationing plastic in Ecuador? Or is somebody really mad at someone else and playing a very cruel joke? Ouch–my eyes hurt. Did I piss off the mannequin gods? If so, sorry….

Alternative Caption: Crash Test Dummy’s Rebellious Daughter

Cuenca pin cushion alien

5. Mick Jagger Wannabe

That’s some tongue he’s got there, ey? (No, I’m not Canadian.) And how about his teeth? Wonder what his breath is like? Perhaps he needs a Tic Tac?

Tongue Mannequin


6. Phantom of the Algae

This one looks familiar to me. Perhaps I dated him once? Anyway, I think he was handsome back then, but now–I just don’t know. Is that razor stubble?

Green alien mannequin

7. Gangsta Zombie

Um, I think something went wrong here. I can’t quite explain it, but… somethin’ just ain’t right. Also, I’ve got a silly question. Would seeing this mannequin lead you to buy the sweatshirt he’s wearing? I suspect that someone missed Merchandising 101 a few times when they were in school.

Alternative Caption: Aftershave Allergy

Horror Movie Alien Mannequin

8.  I Come in Peace From Planet Mannequin

I’m glad this mannequin has the (R) symbol on it. That means no one will try to steal it. Smart thinking!

Alternative Caption: Tanning Bed Gone Wrong

Red alien mannequin

Red Alien mannequin feet

9. Fishface, the Pirate Queen

This one, from the Museo del Prohibido in Cuenca, has a certain spunk, in an “I’m going to abduct you” sort of way. Correct me if I’m wrong, but…she (?) looks like the kind of girl one might describe as ‘cute’ but not really pretty. Is it her eyes? Or maybe the hair? Or the weird Michael Jackson nose?

Freaky Mannequin

10. OK, OK…I Shouldn’t Have Asked for the Full Brazilian

Is it possible to take minimalism a bit too far? I think so.

Smooth Talker Mannequin

Bonus–Mannequins + Human

Someone’s flirting with someone. Is it the mannequin, whose leg is conveniently touching my Mannequin Photography Assistant, Carlos? Or is it Carlos who’s put himself right there among the lovely ladies? Hmmm.

Carlos + His Mannequin Friends

Your Thoughts? Caption Ideas?

Have you spotted bizarre looking mannequins around the world, too? Or am I the only one? Which one of the above is your favorite? Why do you like it? What’s your idea for a caption? Share it and perhaps you’ll win a mention and a link to your site!

Mannequin Face-off: Ecuador vs the Middle East

Remember the Middle Eastern Mannequins I wrote about a while back? They’re still around. I’d love to know which mannequins you think are more peculiar–these from Ecuador or the ones on the other side of the world. Cast your vote in your comment. Thanks–and happy mannequin hunting! :)

Can’t Get Enough?

If you’ve enjoyed this, then head over to my Flickr page to check out the complete set of mannequin photos! There are several there that didn’t make it to this post. Believe me–they’re also unique! :)

Caption Contributors List

Specials thanks and credit to the following folks whose captions writing skill really caught my eye–and that of the mannequins. Fantastic job capturing the true essence of these unusual plastic beings!

1. American Badger Outfitters

Winner: Susan @Travel Blog of Travel Guideline
Runner Up Kim Reynolds of for Save a Tree, Wear a Beaver

2. Community College Nursing Program Volunteer

Winner: Liz Pullen (@nwjerseyliz) of Empire Avenue
Runner Up: Nathan Horton for I Got in a Fight With Mannequin #1’s Cat

3. Oil of Olivia…the Look, the Feel of Sleek…Pleather

Winner: Dee of My-Chance

4. Crash Test Dummy’s Rebellious Daughter

Winner: Gray of SoloFriendly

6.Phantom of the Algae

Winner: Robert Watson of Managing Well
Runner Up: Kim Reynolds of for The Mask Meets the Phantom of the Opera

7. Gangsta Zombie…

Winner: Kim Reynolds of
Runner Up: Alan (@Travel Flag) for Aftershave Allergy

8. I Come in Peace From Planet Mannequin

Winner: Wayne  of Blog Business World
Runner up: Denise of The Art of Slow Travel for Tanning Bed Gone Wrong

9. Fishface, the Pirate Queen

Winner: Kim Reynolds of

10. OK, OK. I Shouldn’t Have Asked for the Full Brazilian

Winner: Robert Watson of Managing Well

Other captions (not on this list) were written by me, Lisa (the Chicky Bus Driver). :)

Thanks to everyone who contributed and to those who commented; it was because of you that this was successful and fun! #YouRock!

85 Responses to Manic Mannequins Take On Ecuador: 10 Journeys Through Time and Space
  1. Alan Horton (@TravelFlag)
    December 20, 2011 | 7:59 am

    These posts are really so cool, i’m entering onto the bus. Thanks Chickybus for all the effort you go to. These posts are my absolute favorites. Well here goes then with my naming of the mannequins:

    1) I don’t know why but this mannequin reminds me of Patrick Duffy. Perhaps more from his “Man from Atlantis” days than as Bobby Ewing. Caption “Visits to Atlantis always make my hair fuzzy.”
    2) This looks like some sort of kinky game gone wrong, whatever was being thought of here? Caption “You’re never too old to play Doctors & Nurses!”.
    3) A teenage sexy chick who’s looking to go out clubbing for the night. She has an attitude of “to be bald is to be cool”. Caption “Before Twitter, I had a full head of hair!”
    4) LMAO, this has to be zippy from UK show Rainbow gone wrong? – Caption “Blank Expression”
    5) There’s definitely something Barrack Obama about this mannequin. Caption “I Just Want to See His Face” – a classic Rolling Stones song.
    6) It’s like the metallic finish on a car. A modern version of the old red Indian warpaint? Caption: “I said spray the car, not me!”
    7) Absolutely love this one, i’d definitely buy the sweater. Caption “Aftershave Allergy!”
    8) This is absolutely the Red Zorro, a modern interpretation. What’s he selling, i’ll buy that too. Caption “Those vitamin pills have turned me red!”
    9) Definitely not a chick to be messed with, a Pirate mistress. Is it supposed to look like Kiera Knightley – maybe not? Caption “Try Piracy, the recession proof industry”.
    10) This has to be my favorite, somebody with less hair than me! It’s good for the ego you know! Really though, a bit more effort was needed with this one. Caption “What, have you never heard of the minimalist look?”

    Well hopefully there was at least 1 funny answer amongst that lot! It would be great to win at least one link.

    Time to get off the bus now, that was one cool & weird ride – and the passengers – well…they all looked like mannequins!

    • CB Driver
      December 21, 2011 | 11:10 am

      Alan–Hi and thanks for playing! So far, you’re the winner–he, he, he. Let’s see what other captions people come up with. I must say–yours are hilarious! I love ALL of them! So funny re: Barack Obama. I may come back later and talk more about a few of your ideas. They’re that good! :)

      Thanks for taking this quirky ride with me. You are one brave guy! :)

      • Alan Horton (@TravelFlag)
        December 21, 2011 | 12:12 pm

        No you’re the brave one – not much brave about being behind a computer keyboard – LOL – I can’t believe I am the only one to comment so far – come on guys!!!

        I am going to do a few tweets of this post for you, see if I can get anybody on the bus!

        • CB Driver
          December 21, 2011 | 2:34 pm

          Thanks for the tweets, Alan. Really cool of you! I think things are beginning to pick up. Perhaps people are busy with the holidays? Or they feel they must write captions for all 10, which (of course) is not the case.

          • Alan Horton (@TravelFlag)
            December 23, 2011 | 6:27 am

            Hi Lisa,

            I see the comments have really started to increase. That’s really encouraging some really funny comments too. Now where did you find all these new people? 837 stumbleupons currently too, that’s impressive.

          • CB Driver
            December 23, 2011 | 10:39 am

            Thanks, Alan. I think I got ‘a little help from my friends’. I think Paul M is now following me on Twitter. Perhaps he RTed this? He, he, he. Yeah, I like when the SU numbers are good.

  2. Hogga
    December 21, 2011 | 12:44 pm

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    • CB Driver
      December 21, 2011 | 2:35 pm

      Hogga–I think that you find some of these quys cute and would meet them for a beer if they asked… :)

  3. Bobo
    December 21, 2011 | 1:41 pm

    Who can resist an opportunity to write caption? Not me! So here goes:

    1. “Dave-eee, Dave-eee Crockett, King of the Wild Couture”

    2. “Plastic Surgery Bandages, three for a peso”

    3. “Lexina Luthor, Lex’s stylish sister”

    6. “When you only have enough glitter to cover half your face, green glitter is the way to go”

    7. “The ‘Phantom of the Hoodie’ look is all the rage among South American theater fans”

    8. “The love child of Spiderman and Ultraman only wears the finest hoodies”

    9. “Hot Alien Babes Know, Pirates are the Way to Go”

    10. “Your Face Belongs Above this Dress”

    I must admit, the alien theme suggests a subliminal message, something along the lines of “who needs Area 51? Our aliens do fashion shows”. Having never attended either Area 51 or a fashion show I can’t say whether or not there’s any validity to that idea, it just seems to come through to me.

    • CB Driver
      December 21, 2011 | 2:38 pm

      Hi, Bobo. These are great captions! I especially love 2, 7, 8 and 9! True re: the subliminal message. Love that! Area 51 Fashion Show would be a great title for me to use in a Tweet. Perhaps I will!

      The game will continue for several days–maybe even until after X-mas–and then, the winners will be announced. Perhaps you’ll be one of them…. I’d like to make this as crazy as possible–like it was last time with the Middle Eastern mannequins. If curious, here’s a link to check them out. They were odd, too, but in different ways.

    • Alan Horton (@TravelFlag)
      December 22, 2011 | 7:54 am

      Some great captions there, I particularly love 7 & 9.

  4. Bobo
    December 21, 2011 | 2:30 pm

    Awesome photos!

    • CB Driver
      December 21, 2011 | 2:38 pm

      Thanks! It’s the subject matter, I swear. The photos just took themselves. Perhaps the camera was under the mannequins’ spell…

  5. Gray
    December 21, 2011 | 7:37 pm

    You’ve got to kind of wonder about a place that has such a plethora of creepy mannequins….

    1. “What? My cat likes to sleep on my head.”
    2. PSA: This is what happens when you ride your unicycle on the wrong side of the road.
    3. Celebrity impersonator: Sinead O’Connor!
    4. The Crash Test Dummies’ rebellious teenage daughter.
    5. “My tongue? Oh it’s been like that ever since I got it stuck on a lightpole one Christmas when I was a kid.”
    6. Go Notre Dame! Go Fighting Irish!
    7. Harvey Dent, aka “Two Face”
    8. This is what Spiderman wears when he wants to go incognito.
    9. I’m looking for my birth parents. I was left swaddled in this odd black flag on the doorstep of an orphanage in Area 51. . . .
    10. After I accidentally walked in on my parents having sex, I decided I was better off without eyes.

    Bonus photo: I think she’s trying to pick his pocket with her toes.
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    • CB Driver
      December 21, 2011 | 9:40 pm

      Hi, Gray. You totally cracked me up–from your first line to the closing one. Great!! It does look like a cat on #1’s head, and funny re: the unicorn! I’m liking Sinead and the tongue line, too. Well, they’re all quite funny actually! 10 is really sick–and great! I think that line could almost apply to 9; her eyes look pretty unusual, too. LOL

      Re: the bonus photo–very clever. Love it!! Thanks for playing…winners will be announced after Christmas. :)

      PS: Good question–what does having so many of these types of mannequins say about Ecuador? Hmmm.

    • Alan Horton (@TravelFlag)
      December 22, 2011 | 7:57 am

      Some really great captions. I particularly like 4 & 10. Even though 10 is “really sick”, it’s going to take some beating, I think it’ll win. Also thanks for following me on Twitter!

      • Gray
        December 22, 2011 | 9:37 am

        Thanks, Alan! Glad you liked them. Good “meeting” you!

  6. Kelsey
    December 22, 2011 | 5:56 pm

    That is an awesome collection!
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  7. RRonin
    December 22, 2011 | 7:03 pm

    #2 – Pamela Mannderson…
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    • CB Driver
      December 22, 2011 | 9:43 pm

      Really? Do you see her as masculine? Or am I not getting it? LOL.

      • RRonin
        December 23, 2011 | 12:10 am

        “Mann”derson… “Mann”equin…

        Pamela Anderson…

        Plastic Surgery Junkie – Queen of Boob Jobs?

        Capish? :)
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        • CB Driver
          December 23, 2011 | 12:23 am

          I get it now–and I love it!! Great!! LOL

  8. xboss182
    December 22, 2011 | 7:12 pm

    dude, really like the one the first one on the top.

    • CB Driver
      December 22, 2011 | 9:44 pm

      You mean the silver guy with the orange stripe? Perhaps I should have included him in the game. Damn! :)

  9. Rosyel Sawali (raincrystal)
    December 22, 2011 | 7:28 pm

    Wow! Amazing collection of mannequin photos. Each one so different and seems to represent a different “genre.”

    1. The 80’s look > Did we look that bad then? LOL!
    2. I’d name her Helga. I don’t know it just popped on my head.
    3. Cool chick! Be different and be bald.
    4. It’s cool to be unique!
    5. Hmm what’s with the tongue?
    6. Go green? The look of the future..
    7. Looks something out of a Halloween horror flick!
    8. Hmm Ironman wannabe? But then I see the toes.. froggy!
    9. It’s the square jaw! Hot chick!
    10. Bare essentials.. back to basics!

    Thanks for sharing your cool pics! ^_^
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    • CB Driver
      December 22, 2011 | 9:46 pm

      Hi, Rosyel. Glad you enjoyed the collection and appreciate the “genres”! :) Fun captions there. I like the idea of “going green.” Cool! 8 is funny, too. Thanks for your ideas!!

    • Alan Horton (@TravelFlag)
      December 23, 2011 | 6:30 am

      Some great captions. I really like number 3, “Be different and be bald”. This could also be my own personal catchphrase, LOL

  10. Wayne Hurlbert
    December 22, 2011 | 7:44 pm

    1. Go west young mannequin.
    2. No more jogging for this mannequin.
    3. The hair doesn’t make the mannequin.
    4. The road to mannequin greatness begins humbly.
    5. Why can’t I be a tongue in cheek mannequin?
    6> Who knew that mannequins were two faced aliens?
    7. Being a typecast as a Halloween mannequin is limiting my career.
    8. I come in peace from the planet Mannequin
    9. Be a pirate or Jacko. What’s a mannequin to do?
    10. Why must a mannequin suffer for her beauty?
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    • CB Driver
      December 22, 2011 | 9:48 pm

      Hi, Wayne. Fun captions! I don’t know why, but #4 really made me laugh. Same with 8 and 9! They are a strange group, aren’t they? I almost feel like there’s a story here. I wish someone would put it together–you know? :) Thanks for playing!

    • Alan Horton (@TravelFlag)
      December 23, 2011 | 6:31 am

      I really liked 5,6 and 8. I think 5 and 8 especially could be real winners.

  11. BuffaloScreams
    December 22, 2011 | 8:31 pm

    Interestingly my favorites are all in a row (6,7 & 8).

    Really enjoy the alien vibe on #8.

    Names are difficult as non of them scream out in particular but #6 I would call “Merge” and #7 “Half-Life.” Both names seem appropriate for some reason. The only word that comes to mind for *8 is “Scream” perhaps because it looks so silent.

    “Merge” seems like a lost soul both new and old, a puzzle piece without a place in the current world.

    As for the least appealing award #5 is the winner. It just comes across of off-putting in it’s artificiality.
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    • CB Driver
      December 22, 2011 | 9:52 pm

      Interesting taste you’ve got, Mr. Buffalo Screams! I also dig #8. I like your names; they’re short but to the point. I agree re: Merge’s look. Actually, when I look at several of them, I get that sort of feeling. The first one, who’s not technically on the list, looks very sad. He almost looks real. And I agree re: #5.

      Thanks for your observations re: these guys (and gals) and possible names. I appreciate it!

      PS: You might enjoy a similar post I did a while back re: Middle Eastern mannequins. Here’s a link to it.

    • Alan Horton (@TravelFlag)
      December 23, 2011 | 6:34 am

      Very succinct captions but they work. I like “Merge” especially.

      • CB Driver
        December 23, 2011 | 10:37 am

        Merge is good. Creepy in a science fiction sort of way. Like the name of a movie about gene splicing or bio terror.

  12. Louis Sokol
    December 22, 2011 | 10:14 pm

    #7 looks like a Stop Smoking mannequin. Kind of creepy too. Maybe it is Sally Struthers boyfriend? (You have to remember commercials from the 80’s for that one). Either way it would create a stir for people passing by in a department store, wouldn’t it? More emphasis on the mannequin and less on the clothing is not what the designers and stores really want.

    Can you imagine if the clothing reflected the mannequin with a different “bare bones” set of clothes on just the left side and nice clothing on the right? People would really walk back and forth to see the difference.

    • CB Driver
      December 23, 2011 | 12:29 am

      Hi, Louis. Funny re: the Stop Smoking mannequin. Yes! I do remember Sally S–LOL! Great one. Having the bare bones set up would definitely get attention–yes, people would stop and look. Thanks. Winners will be announced after Christmas.

    • Alan Horton (@TravelFlag)
      December 23, 2011 | 6:36 am

      Stop smoking is a good one, i’ve never heard of Sally Struthers but I am from the UK!

  13. 'John L Evans'
    December 22, 2011 | 10:31 pm

    1. – Get the cat off me!!
    2. – Ready!
    3. – New razor?
    4. – Burns victim… :(
    5. – Hot Chilli!
    6. – Moss.
    7. – I know – you can see right through me.
    8. – Hockey Jock.
    9. – Steely broad.
    10.- Dinner?

    • CB Driver
      December 23, 2011 | 12:26 am

      Hi, John. Good ones! Seems like most see the hat in #1 as a cat. Funny! Ouch re: #3 and loving #7! Thanks for playing!

  14. Kim Reynolds
    December 22, 2011 | 10:54 pm

    1. Save a Tree, Wear a Beaver
    2. All Dressed Up and No Where To Go
    3. Randy Gage in Drag (you probably know of him if you are on Twitter or the Ave or YouTube)
    4. Rebel Daughter Potato Head
    5. Look! I Shaved My Head and My Tongue!
    6. The Mask Meet the Phantom of the Opera
    7. Gangsta Zombie
    8. I’m Red for a Reason
    9. Fish Face the Pirate Queen
    10. I Think She Shaves Everything!
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    • CB Driver
      December 23, 2011 | 12:26 am

      Hi, Kim. Thanks for the great caption ideas! They’re all funny, but I really love 4, 6 and 7! Will post the winners the day after Christmas, most likely. Thanks for playing!

  15. Jake Horton
    December 23, 2011 | 6:36 am

    (1)’Why did they give me this hair!?
    (2)’I’m sexy and I know it’
    (3)’Am haaaard!’
    (4)’I’m crazy!’
    (5)’Hey look it’s a slide’
    (6)’I shouldn’t of gone out looking like two-face’
    (7)’You should of seen the other guy!’
    (8)’Well, how did I end up here?’
    (9)’Why do I look like a fish!?’
    (10)’My Dad said I needed to cover-up’

    • CB Driver
      December 23, 2011 | 10:36 am

      Hi, Jake. Very funny list there. 4 does look crazy–definitely! 7 is quite good, too. 9 cracked me up! it does look like a fish of sorts. An alien fish perhaps. Hmmm. Anyway, thank you for playing!

  16. Nathan Horton
    December 23, 2011 | 6:40 am

    1) “Yes, my mum still picks my clothing”
    2) “I got in a fight with mannequin number 1’s cat!”
    3) “Oh, you don’t like my new look”
    4) “Why oh great Zeus, even for a mannequin I’m below average”
    5) “Unfortunately the record label didn’t see any potential in my band the ‘strolling bones'”
    6) “A split personality mannequin, half calm plain mannered human, half incredible hulk”
    7) “Again I angered the God’s just this time it was Hades”
    8) “Could I not be a superhero with this look? The masked Mannequin”
    9) “What, you don’t like my surprised face?”
    10) “If you put Picasso’s name to me I would sell for millions”

    • CB Driver
      December 23, 2011 | 10:35 am

      Hi, Nathan. Great list there–very funny! Thanks for taking the time to come up with captions.

      Strolling Bones is clever. So is 6. It’s going to be a challenge to choose the winners!

  17. Shawn
    December 23, 2011 | 8:03 am

    7 is my favorite, Two Face definitely :) 8, that’s Iron Man, right, could be confused with Spider man.. wait, I’m listing all comic guys hehe. I cannot associate others, this is just my first impression, loved the Voodoo one :)
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    • CB Driver
      December 23, 2011 | 10:32 am

      Hi, Shawn! 7 is a funny one, uh? I like the idea of Iron Man, too. I may keep the Voodoo Mannequin (which I came up with) and use other people’s. Thank you for your input!

  18. Edward James
    December 23, 2011 | 2:19 pm


  19. Janette Toral
    December 24, 2011 | 5:46 pm

    For mannequin #9 – Mysteriously out of this world

    “It takes character to carry what I wear. Only a person of rebellious character will look good on it.”
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    • CB Driver
      December 26, 2011 | 12:20 am

      Hi, Janette. Thanks for your contribution! :)

  20. Denise
    December 25, 2011 | 11:47 am

    wow! some of these are frankly scary!!!!

    • CB Driver
      December 26, 2011 | 12:23 am

      He, he, he…yes, they are!

  21. Denise
    December 25, 2011 | 12:07 pm

    Note to self. Never try DIY car spraying AGAIN! (first photo even if you didn’t ask for a caption)
    1. I’m trying to look all cooool and uptight to compensate for the dead beaver I have on my head
    2. Because it’s not what’s outside that’s important…
    3. Hair is soooo overrated.
    6 Wife bought glitter pens for the girls…again.
    7 The ultimate weight-loss diet
    8 Tanning bed gone wrong? Copyrighted idiot.
    9 America’s next top model
    10 I’m missing something…oh yeah, my earrings.

    • CB Driver
      December 26, 2011 | 12:25 am

      Hi, Denise. Great captions! I love the first one. I almost regret not including it. I think it had a lot of potential for this game.

      Meanwhile, thanks for your captions. They’re fun–especially 1, 8 and 9. Cool!

  22. Liz
    December 26, 2011 | 5:59 pm

    #1 – It’s the preppy sweater on the shoulders that stumps me.
    #2 – “Never volunteer to be a patient at a community college nursing program.”
    #3 – Vin Diesel’s sister, Lin Diesel.
    #4 – The part that gets me is the earrings hanging from her head instead of ears. That must hurt.
    #5 – Trying out his best Gene Simmons impersonation.
    #6 – Matrix extra.
    #7 – Advanced targeted zombiefication.
    #8 – Good luck on finding matching shoes that fit.
    #9 – Rejected model for Terminator 4.
    #10 – “My eyes, my eyes!”

    • Alan Horton (@TravelFlag)
      December 27, 2011 | 6:56 am

      Hey Liz, thanks for posting a comment. #5 is a genius, now why didn’t I think Gene Simmons? #10 is simple but effective. I hope you had fun doing this caption competition?

    • CB Driver
      December 27, 2011 | 9:12 am

      Hi, Liz. Thanks for playing! Love your captions, especially 6, 7 and 9. Awesome! Winners to be announced soon–one I choose them (or get help from someone). They’re all so good!

  23. Susan@Travel Blog
    December 26, 2011 | 6:00 pm

    Goofy contest – I love it! My friend TravelFlag sent me. I can’t say that I’m too good at these, but here goes:

    1. American Badger Outfitters
    3. Whatever happened to the bride of Chucky?
    5. What’s UPPPPP? (Remember those old commercials?)
    6. What do you get when you cross Two Face and The Grinch?

    That’s about all I got. Hope you like them :)
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    • Alan Horton (@TravelFlag)
      December 27, 2011 | 6:54 am

      Hey Susan, Thanks very much for visiting, it’s great for friends to help each other out like this. Some very funny captions – I think #3 is really good – the bride of Chucky!

    • CB Driver
      December 27, 2011 | 9:11 am

      Hi, Susan. Glad that TravelFlag sent you over. Many of his buddies have been playing and they’ve made the game even more fun. I love your captions–especially 3 and 6. Funny!

  24. Robert Watson
    December 27, 2011 | 6:33 am

    1. So, where do I wear the other ugg boot?
    2. My mailorder iPod headset was cheaper than yours
    3. I’ve painted the eyebrows, now to do the hair
    4. Does my face look bare in this?
    5. Looooove that body chocolate…
    6. Phantom of the Algae
    7. What do you mean you can see through me?
    8. I painted myself red so I wouldn’t look like a little green man
    9. Like my Lego hair?
    10. Ok, Ok, I shouldn’t have asked for the *full* Brazilian

    • CB Driver
      December 27, 2011 | 9:06 am

      Hi, Robert. These are excellent! I really LOVE 6 and 10. Hilarious! I’m going to have to choose winners soon–no easy task. I may have to ask some friends of mine–objective third parties! :)

      Thanks for playing!

  25. Iain Mallory
    December 27, 2011 | 3:19 pm

    Should I be slightly concerned about your slight obsession with mannequins Lisa? 😉
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    December 28, 2011 | 4:52 pm

    hello seems like this lovely guys should be named markqueenz
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  27. Anne Thomas
    December 29, 2011 | 7:46 pm

    #7 should be the Cyborg!
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  28. det
    January 1, 2012 | 7:43 am

    #1 – Rap’n’roll
    #7 – BORGs are comming
    #8 – ACID
    #9 – Froggy

    All the best from DET

  29. Gary (YOI)
    January 4, 2012 | 5:40 am

    I would love to find somewhere I could take photos of some manequins like those! Kinda like a fashion shoot without any hassles.

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    • CB Driver
      January 5, 2012 | 10:07 pm

      That’s hilarious. Thank you!

  30. Futures
    January 5, 2012 | 10:29 pm

    These are the candidates for the observation team. They need to fit in unnoticed to keep an eye on the club. If anything breaks out, they can throw their weight in, but that should be rare. Nothing too weird. No loud tattoos. Forgettable. Unremarkable. Would not get picked out of the crowd. Wait, cancel that. Make them look like visitors. Bring in the guests. Pair ’em up.

    1 happy hour camper
    2 bandage and manikin
    3 toupee or not toupee
    4 boiled egghead
    5 wise guy
    6 half brewed
    7 skeletone
    8 super sloth hound
    9 pirate metal
    10 seen my specs?

    • CB Driver
      January 14, 2012 | 1:21 pm

      Hi there. Your captions are super bizarre–and I really like them! :) Observation team, huh? That’s brilliant! Skeletone is very good. Hmmm. You’re making this challenging…he, he, he.

  31. Dee
    January 8, 2012 | 7:17 pm

    Such a unique post,that captured my attention for longer than I care to admit,but leaves me eager to look deeper into what viewers interpret when passing.Perhaps a key to leaving a better impression or one that causes a second look…
    Here’s my interpretation on a few of the pics :
    #3)”Oil of Olivia…the look,the feel of sleek…pleather”
    #5)”With Manique,you not only look hot,you feel hot !”
    #6)”Get the Authentic Leather,or be half green with envy and wish you did !”
    #7)”Even Grim finds the athelete in his neighborHOOD !”
    #9)”This kind of BEAUTY is both foreign and dangerous !”
    #10)”Face your inner beauty and bare it to the world…it’s not what you can STAND but what you touch upon when you UNDERSTAND !”

    • CB Driver
      January 14, 2012 | 1:19 pm

      Great ones, Dee. Truly hilarious! I love several, including 3, 5 and 8. Awesome. Will announce the winners soon!

  32. Jorge Purgly
    January 10, 2012 | 12:20 pm

    I liked the pictures very much.
    The article is very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  33. Work with Mom
    February 5, 2012 | 5:01 am

    I liked the Mannequin no 10.
    10 – How did I reach in this place?
    2 – Cool Hat
    7 – Someone needs plastic surgery!

    Interesting collection of Mannequin Photographs.

    • CB Driver
      February 5, 2012 | 8:33 am

      Thanks for your suggestions!

  34. Denise
    February 6, 2012 | 10:36 am

    so many comments but you never announced the winners :(
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    • CB Driver
      February 6, 2012 | 12:03 pm

      And that’s exactly why they’re not up yet–so many comments! Believe it or not, I had to enlist some friends of mine to help. With so many suggestions, and many good ones, the scrolling up and down was too much for just me. Overwhelming, in fact. I needed to have someone on another computer so that I could look and listen (to them reading the names) and make a list. Can you imagine?

      Anyway, we just wrapped it up recently, so the winners will be up soon. Another day or so…

  35. Katy Jenna
    May 8, 2012 | 1:23 pm

    The gangsta zombie is the most scariest one. With one part of the face torn completely, an eye removed I can only imagine if that was the case in real life.
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    • CB Driver
      May 12, 2012 | 7:27 pm

      Katy–ha, ha…yes, the gangsta zombie is a bit frightening!

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