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ha_mad33630.JPGHope you're feeling funny today because it's time for yet another Capitol Alert caption contest!

In today's shot, Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, takes part in an experiment (a.k.a. conflagration) yesterday at the 22nd Annual State Scientist Day at the Capitol. Hancock was recognized as an honorary state scientist for authoring the resolution that declared May 19 a day recognizing the work of state scientists.

Here are some possibilities that might get your oh-so-clever minds burning:

• Could Hancock be giving a preview of what will happen to special-interest dollars under Proposition 15, the June ballot measure she authored to test-run public financing of the secretary of state race?
• Is the Berkeley Democrat giving the kiddos a demonstration about global warming?
• Or is she predicting the outcome of this summer's budget debate?

We'll leave it up to you to fill in the rest.

For those of you new to Capitol Alert's caption contest (or those who need a refresher), here's the deal:

1. Look at the picture.
2. Write a caption.
3. E-mail it to us.

When sending in submissions, feel free to request anonymity. Only those willing to have their real names published, however, can win the grand prize: a $25 gift certificate to a capital coffee shop. (Entrants who caffeinate outside the Sactosphere can opt for a Starbucks gift card.)

Entries are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday May 21. Send submissions to captions@capitolalert.com.

Because any good scientist will tell you to "test and test again" for the final results, feel free to send in multiple entries.

Good luck!

PHOTO CREDIT: Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee

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