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This Photo Is Begging for a Caption

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 06, 2010

All right, you wits, suggest captions for this photograph, taken by Maurine Ahlstrom of Tropic, Utah, age 11 in 1923 when she submitted it to be published in the Juvenile Instructor. Prize: Bragging rights and three Keepa brownie points.

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42 Comments »

  1. “Who’s up for a Buffalo race?”

    Comment by iguacufalls — July 6, 2010 @ 9:25 am

  2. Ha! That’s a great start! Who’s next?

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — July 6, 2010 @ 9:53 am

  3. “With the revolutionary American Bison Body Shaper Girdle, I can finally fit into my favorite pair of jeans again!”

    Comment by Justin — July 6, 2010 @ 10:21 am

  4. “8 seconds until extinction,” you see it works both ways: 8 brutal and lethal seconds of bison bull riding or the immanent or nearly immanent collapse of this species.

    Comment by oudenos — July 6, 2010 @ 10:26 am

  5. He was an hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins. And he said, It is Elijah the Tishbite. (2 Kgs. 1:8)

    Comment by Jacob J — July 6, 2010 @ 10:27 am

  6. Touche on #3!

    “Okay, dude, your ride is ready!”

    (says the crafty dude ranch guide.)

    Yeah and pet the nice buff on the side of the road through the fence! (Actually don’t! They may seem tame, but they can run right through any fence that is not electrified.)

    (says the former guide from Wyoming.)

    Comment by Allison — July 6, 2010 @ 10:28 am

  7. “Ahem. Helllooo? Anyone going to finish my shave?!”

    Comment by David Y. — July 6, 2010 @ 10:33 am

  8. The original buffalo wings:
    1. Sit in seat
    2. Kick heels (spurs unnecessary)
    3. Fly

    Comment by Edje Jeter — July 6, 2010 @ 10:50 am

  9. &^%$# Primary President. ‘Ordained for the use of man,’ she says [D&C 49:19]. ‘Jesus loved the little children,’ she says.

    Comment by Edje Jeter — July 6, 2010 @ 11:10 am

  10. Santaquin Bisonequine. (pronounced bye-sawn-uh-quin)

    Comment by reed russell — July 6, 2010 @ 11:19 am

  11. No witty caption, but the difference in size between the front quarters and the hindquarters is astonishing.

    Comment by Clark — July 6, 2010 @ 11:19 am

  12. Do you feel lucky, cowboy? Do you?

    Comment by kevinf — July 6, 2010 @ 12:10 pm

  13. Can buffalo be domesticated or tamed?

    Comment by Bookslinger — July 6, 2010 @ 12:11 pm

  14. I’m guessing that vehicle is front-wheel drive. Or should I say front-leg drive?

    I notice there’s no bridle. Is that safe?

    Comment by Sideshow — July 6, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

  15. Ooops, I guess that buffalo was tame enough to allow someone to saddle it, and to stand still enough for a picture.

    Comment by Bookslinger — July 6, 2010 @ 1:24 pm

  16. A year’s tuition at BYU: $4400
    Room and board for a year: $7100
    Books and supplies for a year: $1000
    Personal expenses for a year: $1800
    Obtaining a beard card at BYU: Priceless

    Comment by Justin — July 6, 2010 @ 1:26 pm

  17. You nuts are as witty as I suspected you all were!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — July 6, 2010 @ 2:46 pm

  18. Umm, no. Riding a buffalo under any condition is not “safe.” Individual buffalo have been tamed (or saddle broken, as this photo shows) but the breed has not been “domesticated” by any stretch of the imagination.

    And that saddle seems way far back. The reins would have to be 10 feet long.

    If you get bored, look on the internet for a guy named John Payne. He has a rodeo “half-time” show where he rides a buffalo (with only one arm, to boot!)

    One more link for laughs:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthpicturegalleries/6044425/Urban-animals-unexpected-animal-visitors-to-the-worlds-urban-jungles.html?image=11

    Comment by Clark — July 6, 2010 @ 3:02 pm

  19. Go ahead. I dare you.

    Comment by Confutus — July 6, 2010 @ 3:05 pm

  20. Welcome to Extreme Mutton Bustin’!

    Comment by Rob M. — July 6, 2010 @ 3:15 pm

  21. My wit is in hiding today but I’m enjoying everyone else’s. Especially 4, 12, 16, and 19.

    Comment by Mommie Dearest — July 6, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

  22. She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts.

    Comment by Eric Nielson — July 6, 2010 @ 4:23 pm

  23. This is the wagon queen family truckster.

    Comment by Eric Nielson — July 6, 2010 @ 4:24 pm

  24. I consecrated my horse, and this is what they gave me?!

    Comment by Paradox — July 6, 2010 @ 4:49 pm

  25. Some of these go in such unexpected directions that you have me laughing out loud — Paradox’s is one of those. So was Jacob J.’s. They’re all terrific.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — July 6, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

  26. Bye-son.

    Comment by SteveP — July 6, 2010 @ 6:59 pm

  27. Hey now! That there’s Ralphie, not Cowboy Joe! (#*%@/! Wyoming fans!)

    Comment by Coffinberry — July 6, 2010 @ 7:08 pm

  28. “She slept in a buffalo. A real live buffalo!”

    Comment by Michelle Glauser — July 6, 2010 @ 7:16 pm

  29. “President Young forewent the usual open wagon and chose a different type of ride as Grand Marshal in this year’s Fourth of July Parade down state street.” — Deseret News, July 5, 1870.

    Comment by bfwebster — July 6, 2010 @ 7:33 pm

  30. Well, you’ve uncovered the saddle. If you keep shaving the critter, you will find reins, a halter, and maybe a rider buried in there.

    Comment by Joe Heagany — July 6, 2010 @ 9:15 pm

  31. Cape Buffalo, site of the first manned moon launch.

    Comment by Mark Brown — July 6, 2010 @ 9:19 pm

  32. I really would like to know how they managed to get that saddle on. Whoever did it is a better man than I am.

    Comment by Mark Brown — July 6, 2010 @ 9:21 pm

  33. Daddy, are you sure that’s a pony?

    Comment by Eric Nielson — July 7, 2010 @ 9:30 am

  34. How am I supposed to pick a winner and award the brownie points? I didn’t think of that little dilemma …

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — July 7, 2010 @ 9:34 am

  35. Daddy, is that a boy or a girl buffalo?

    Comment by Alex — July 7, 2010 @ 11:48 am

  36. Yeah, they do call me Buffalo Bill. Why do you ask?

    Comment by Bruce Crow — July 7, 2010 @ 11:51 am

  37. Porter Rockwell as Missionary to the Cheynne

    Comment by J Paul — July 7, 2010 @ 1:57 pm

  38. Brigham Young’s plan to bring the saints to Zion.(cheaper than handcarts)

    Comment by J Paul — July 7, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

  39. Bookslinger, yes I think it’s possible.
    Years ago I wrote a paper at USU for a class on Canadian history and found mention of some Metis in Manitoba raising a Buffalo in their corral.

    Comment by J Paul — July 7, 2010 @ 2:09 pm

  40. Just for the record, my wife and I had dinner with my oldest son and his wife at Carolina Smokes BBQ last week, and had Buffalo Prime Rib Sandwich. Don’t tell this guy, I’d be in big trouble.

    Comment by kevinf — July 7, 2010 @ 2:42 pm

  41. Not as much trouble as you’ll be in if you eat the tires off your wife’s new car.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — July 7, 2010 @ 3:54 pm

  42. Looking out the window this morning I realize that perhaps I was to drunk to saddle my horse and ride myself home after all.

    Comment by Jacob J — July 8, 2010 @ 10:17 am

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