A New York deaf man sued Pornhub for not providing closed captioning to all of their videos. Despite Pornhub's VP asserting that they do have a closed captions video section, the man's lawsuit specifically cites β€œHot Step Aunt Babysits Disobedient Nephew" as a video that lacked closed captions. abcnews.go.com/US/deaf-ma…
A TV station in Atlanta, Georgia once broadcast a story on a new kind of Krispy Kreme donut. The caption in the image behind the on-air reporter read, "So good you'll suck dick." youtube.com/watch?v=Zg9Oa…
In 2012, a burger king employee anonymously posted an image on 4-chan of him putting his feet in lettuce, with the caption: "This is the lettuce you eat at Burger King." It took 20 minutes for people to track down the branch the employee worked at and contact the news. He was promptly fired. mashable.com/2012/07/19/4…
The famous Spider-Man quote "With great power comes great responsibility" is NOT said by Uncle Ben, but originally appears in a narrative caption of the comic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wit…
In 2011 a Soviet war memorial in Sofia, Bulgaria was vandalized overnight, with the soldiers depicted as American pop culture characters and the spray-painted caption "Abreast with the Times" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
The name Jimmy Eat World came from a drawing made after an incident between guitarist Tom Linton's younger brothers, Jim and Ed Linton, who fought frequently. Jim usually won, but Ed sought revenge by drawing a picture of Jim shoving the Earth into his mouth bearing the caption "Jimmy Eat World" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Closed captions and subtitles are different. Closed captions assume that watchers can't hear anything, therefore describing background noises, music and other audio cues that need discribing, while subtitles are assuming that the watchers can hear, and just says what the characters are saying. matinee.co.uk/blog/closed…
Marvel Comics G.I. Joe #21 (1984) was a completely silent issue. Writer/Artist Larry Hama wanted a complete story - beginning, middle, end, conflict, characterization, action, solid resolution - without the word balloons, captions, and sound effects. gijoe.fandom.com/wiki/Sil…
Nazi imagery is sometimes used in Thailand due to lack of historical understanding. For example, a herbal tea laxative in Thailand depicts Hitler's head with fire coming from his mouth, and light beams emitting from his eyes. The caption reads 'Release the Demon' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naz…
One of the best selling posters of the 1970s was that of a Siamese cat hanging onto a bamboo pole with the caption 'Hang In There, Baby'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
Live caption glasses are used for theatre performances. "users will see a transcript of the dialogue and descriptions of the sound from a performance displayed on the lenses of the glasses" nationaltheatre.org.uk/yo…
Today I learned of an album by Explosions in The Sky Titled, 'Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever' released a week before the 9/11 attacks. Coincidentally, part of the album artwork depicts a plane with the caption 'this plane will crash tomorrow'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Today I learned about closed-captioning glasses, a glasses that project captions onto the glasses and appears to float about 10 ft in front of the user. It comes with audio tracks that describe the action on the screen and can also boost the audio levels of the movie to help people with hearing difficulties npr.org/sections/alltechc…
There are closed caption glasses for theater movies npr.org/sections/alltechc…
Donkey Xote, an Spanish-Italian knockoff of the Shrek films released in 2007 promoted it’s DVD with a caption legitimately reading β€œFrom the producers who SAW Shrek”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
It was unknown who "Rosie the Riveter" was based on until Geraldine Doyle claimed that it was her in 1994. It was widely believed to be true until James Kimble found the original photograph with the name Naomi Parker in the caption in 2015. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Nike pulled a t-shirt that said "Boston Massacre" with a blood spatter pattern off the shelves after the Boston Marathon bombings. Another product they've had to recall was an ad featuring Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius with the caption "I am the bullet in the chamber." abcnews.go.com/blogs/head…
The oldest known depiction of Jesus is graffiti of a man venerating a crucified man with the head of a donkey, accompanied by the caption "Alexamenos worships his god" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Closed captions and subtitles are not the same thing (subtitles contain only dialogue, closed captions contain dialogue, music, sound effects, etc) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clo…
An Ohio newspaper once switched the captions for 'The Far Side' and 'Dennis The Menace', resulting in Dennis telling his mother "I see your little, petrified skull... labeled and resting on a shelf somewhere." dangerousminds.net/commen…
Today I learned that the spikes at the end of Stegosaurus's tail are called "thagomizers" because of a Far Side comic, published in 1982, that featured a cave man pointing to a diagram of a Stegosaurus tail with the caption "Now this end is called the Thagomizer--after the late Thag Simmons." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
After Elton John pulled out of a 2001 episode of Have I Got News for You, he was replaced with lookalike taxi driver, Ray Johnson, who was introduced as the real Sir Elton & silent for the entire recording. Only the show's captions revealed the hoax, frequently referring to Elton as a "bastard" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
After an edited version of The Eagles' "Best of My Love" sold 1 million copies, manager Irving Azoff sent Asylum Records a gold record with a piece cut out, mounted on a plaque with a caption that said "The Golden Hacksaw Award". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bes…
A sinkhole swallowed a bus in Norwich, England in 1988 and Cadbury’s subsequently used the image in a newspaper ad with the caption β€œNothing fills a hole like a Double Decker” h2g2.com/edited_entry/A11…
There are open captions as well as closed captions. Open captions are part of the video and cannot be turned on and off. washington.edu/accessit/p…
The Russian Interior Ministry released an illustrated guide warning people about the dangers of taking selfies. Illustrations included pictures of people taking selfies on boats, in front of oncoming trains and had captions like "A selfie on railroads is a bad idea, if you value your life" businessinsider.com/russi…
Today I learned of Harry Whittier Frees an early 20th-century photographer who dressed up cats, dogs and other animals posing them in human situations with props and adding funny captions to the pictures. His pictures are seen as the original lolcats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
The famous Spider-man Quote ''With Great Power, comes Great Responsibility,'' was not originally said by Uncle Ben; it's first appearance was as a caption. geekwisdom.wordpress.com/…
Cat pic memes and the funny captions that accompany them was NOT invented by the Internet. It actually started with British photographer Harry Pointer in the 1870s. photohistory-sussex.co.uk…
Gladys Owens, a calutron operator at Oak Ridge National Labs during the Manhattan Project, didn't know she was involved with the development of an atomic bomb until she took a public tour of the facility 50 years later. (See photo caption near the bottom of the EM separation section) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
John McAfee was found in-hiding due to location metadata embedded in a picture posted by Vice news during a secret interview. The caption was "We are with John McAfee, suckers." blogs.findlaw.com/technol…
The Dayton Daily News switched the captions for The Far Side and Dennis the Menace twice mentalfloss.com/article/8…
A slave during the civil war stole a ship from the confederates sailed it north to freedom and the union army then made him caption of his own ship to go fight the confederates robertsmalls.org/
The Spider-Man quote "With great power comes great responsibility" wasn't attributed to Uncle Ben Parker until 1987. Its first appearance in 1962 was just a narrative caption. cbr.com/when-we-first-met…
Uncle Ben from "Spider-man" never actually said his famous 'With Great Power...' quote in the comics. Rather, it appears in the end of "Amazing Fantasy #15" in a narrative caption of the comic's last panel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unc…
On two separate occasions, the Dayton Daily News accidentally switched the captions on the "Dennis the Menace" and "The Far Side" cartoons. twentytwowords.com/newspa…
The first act of internet protest, AKA Hacktivism, was in 1989 when NASA's login pages Was hacked by "Worms Against Nuclear Killers" to show the word "WANK" with the caption "Your System Has Been Officially WANKed" underneath it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hac…
Harvard and M.I.T. Were Sued Over Lack of Closed Captions on Their Online Videos nytimes.com/2015/02/13/ed…
In 1919 Will Dyson, an Australian cartoonist, published a work which depicted several world leaders leaving the Versailles conference. In the corner of the cartoon is a weeping child with the caption "1940 Class". He predicted WW2 and he was off by just one year. books.google.co.uk/books?…
The finale of an anime called School Days was delayed due to a real life murder that was similar to a scene in the finale and was replaced with a montage of boats. A screen cap was later posted with the caption saying "Nice boat." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
The first TV show to use β€œopen captions,” or captioning for the hearing-impaired available on all television sets, was The French Chef on PBS. ncicap.org/about-us/histo…
Captions are frequently censored even when dialog is not. ehwhathuh.com/2011/01/cap…
The Sports Illustrated Cover of the Miracle On Ice (1980 Olympic Hockey Game US vs Soviets) Was The Only Cover of SI Without Any Headlines or Captions americanhistory.si.edu/bl…
In 1950 the Brazilian newspaper printed an early edition on the day of the final of the World Cup containing a picture of Brazil with the caption "These are the world champions". Uruguay's captain bought as many copies as he could and encouraged his teammates to urinate on them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uru…
You can search the complete closed caption transcripts of 70 TV channels livedash.com
The song "The Cover of Rolling Stone" by the band Dr. Hook resulted in their getting on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine, however they were done so in caricature, rather than in a photograph, and with the caption, "What's-Their-Names Make the Cover." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Roger Ebert achieved a long-time goal of winning the New Yorker caption contest after 107 tries. newyorker.com/online/blog…
Cat pictures, complete with captions, were being made as early as the 1870s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lol…
How to turn on captions with Comcast - something I probably should have figured out much sooner. ehow.com/how_5031088_turn…

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