STO – Del Taco Cup Code Caption Contest

Cup code caption contest.  How is that for alliteration?  But I digress.

Yea brethren! (And cistern!)

I have been to Del Taco and I have seen the promised cups!

And mighty were those cups in size, each holding a veritable bladder-stressing lake of the fountain drink of your choice!

Truly they were macho sized.

Affixed to the side of each, like a nicotine patch on a 2-pack a day smoker trying to kick his habit, there was a sticker.  And visible on each of those stickers, when peeled off these mammoth drinking vessels, was a code.

A code of mystery!

It is something of a mystery as to exactly what you get when you enter this code after logging into the Star Trek Online and then heading to the promotion redemption page.

You might get a Type-8 shuttle in game!

You might get 2 days of play time.

You might get nothing at all.

By Grabthar’s hammer, the promotion FAQ is open to considerable interpretation on the subject of who can get what and when!

Still, judging by the comments on the wall of Del Taco’s Facebook page, these codes are in demand.  On eBay you can find people offering up the codes for sale.

But here at TAGN, I am going to give away two codes!  All you have to do is emerge victorious from the trail by comedy!

Below you will see two pictures.  Unless, of course, you are reading this on your iPhone or other mobile device, in which case you may have to go to the bottom of the blog and turn off the mobile viewing mode.

But back to the pictures.  They are screen shots from the game Star Trek Online.

You will need to click on them to see the full size versions.

Picture One

Picture Two

They are not that funny in and of themselves.  But with the right caption, they could be hilarious.

To win one of those two codes, you must submit a caption for either or both of the pictures in the comments to this post

THE RULES – Read Them

  1. All entries must be submitted by 12:00 Noon 15:00/3pmPacific Standard Time on Sunday, January 31st, 2010 Monday, February 1st, 2010.  That is 18:00/6pm Eastern Standard Time or 23:00/11pm UTC.
  2. Codes will be sent to winning entries by 15:59/3:59pm Pacific Standard Time on Monday, February 1st Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010.  That is 18:59/6pm Eastern Standard Time or 23:59/11:59pm UTC.
  3. Winners will be announced in a blog post after the codes have been sent out.
  4. You may enter a single caption for both pictures.  If you enter multiple captions for a single picture, only the first caption for that picture in your comment will be considered, the rest will be deleted.  If you change your mind about your entry, you can enter again as long as you make it clear in your entry that you wish me to delete your initial entry.
  5. Only a single code will be awarded per person.  So if you enter two captions, and they are considered by the judging panel to be the two most hilarious entries over all, you will still only get a single code.  The remaining code will be awarded to the third most hilarious caption.
  6. All entries must be submitted as comments to this post.
  7. If you win, you will receive a single code via email.  That is the only prize.  You will not receive the actual code sticker nor the cup to which it was once attached.
  8. The email address to which the code will be sent is the email address you enter as part of the comment form.  The comment form has a field your email address, you do not need to put your email address in the body of the comment itself.  No email, no code.  If your email bounces back, the next person on the list will be awarded the code.  Make sure your email address is correct.
  9. You may still enter even if you do not want/need/plan to use a code.  Please state this in your entry.  Should you win, your entry will be acknowledged, but the next runner-up will receive the code in your place.
  10. You must clearly indicate for which screen shot your caption is meant.  The screen shots are clearly labeled Picture One and Picture Two.
  11. Any caption submitted in a language other than English (e.g. Spanish, German, Latin, Klingon, etc.) must be translated into English as part of the submission.  It is no fair letting Babel Fish create a hilarious caption for you via bad translation after the fact.  You may use Babel Fish to create captions as long as you only submit the final English version.
  12. While I will be the final authority in picking the winner, I may seek advice from my wife, my daughter, my mother, members of the permanent floating instance group, co-workers, the kids next door, the mailman, a Ouija board, readers of rec.arts.books.tolkien, the guy who runs that pawn shop in Los Altos, random people in Dalaran, the pizza delivery guy, or Kibo.
  13. Andy Ihnatko can enter, but he will not be allowed to win.  It wouldn’t be fair to the rest of us.
  14. The codes are assumed to only be good for people logging into the North American release of Star Trek Online and are not expected to be worth anything or be of any use in the EU.
  15. All codes are currently attached to the Klingon Defense Forces Bird of Prey cups.  If for some reason I lose those cups before the end of the contest, they will be replaced by which ever cup is currently available at my local Del Taco.
  16. Codes are not guaranteed to be valid or get you any prize or promotion whatsoever.  Codes will remain on their cups until it is time to email them to the winners.  However, I cannot validate them in any way.  If your code fails to work for whatever reason, I apologize, but I will not provide an additional code.
  17. In the unlikely event of an unbreakable tie, I will go buy another drink and award an additional code.  Anything that funny will be worth it.
  18. Any issues, ambiguity, errors, or questions will be resolved by me and all decisions are final.  There is no arbitration or appeals process and whining doesn’t work, ask my daughter.
  19. Void where prohibited, contest may be rescinded at any time for any (or no) reason, your mileage may vary, and if it all blows up in our faces remember I told you so.


  • Don’t rush to enter
  • Brevity is the soul of wit
  • If you do a multi-part dialog, make sure it is clear who is saying what
  • Captions that seem derivative of previous entries are less likely to be judged well
  • With puns, the worse they are, the better they are
  • Outside of church and the maternity ward, obscenities rarely impress me
  • Movie and TV references are great, but tread lightly on the cliches
  • If your comment does not show up immediately, it is probably in the moderation or spam queue and I’ll fish it out and approve it soon enough

27 thoughts on “STO – Del Taco Cup Code Caption Contest

  1. Mail Lite

    Picture 1
    ‘Hmmmm wonder what this button does… OHH SHI…*BOOM*’

    Picture 2
    ‘If you two don’t stop fighting back there I will turn this thing around and conviscate your phasers! No going to where no one has gone before, for you!’

    (P.S Don’t play STO just fancied putting on the quotes!)


  2. TK

    Pic 1:
    This phaser doesn’t match my shoes! Time to visit the uniform designer.
    Pic 2:
    Where is that bastard, Sid Meier?

    I may be wrong but I believe I read that you need 4 Del Taco codes to get the shuttle. I signed up for the lifetime sub, so I really don’t need the code or the shuttle pet, but love the site and wanted to share my caption.


  3. stnylan

    Just for fun – don’t want the code

    Pic 1
    “Now you stupid console, start working or I am going to paint you a wonderful shade of pink!”


  4. SynCaine

    Pict 1:

    In the empty void of STO instances, no one can hear you scream

    Pict 2:

    Another example of an STO player trying to leave the game to go play Alpha Centari.

    No codes, just here for the lulz


  5. Aaron

    Picture 1:
    Star Trek: Redefining the word “Skin Tight Clothing” since 1966.

    Picture 2:
    Captain Bob: “Hey Bill…”
    Captain Bill: “Yes Bob?”
    Captain Bob: “Where are we again?”


  6. Dysno

    Not playing STO – just here for the fun.

    Picture 2: Our mission is to aquire dilitium-Crystals – and find the letter “U”.


  7. SPQR

    Picture 1:
    In the war between Mac and PC, she chose LCARS.

    Picture 2:
    Stranded in the Sirius Block:
    So guys, let me get this straight? We didn’t need a passport to cross the sector border, but we need one to get back into Alpha Centauri?


  8. dave

    Note, I do not want a code, but a caption came into my mind immediately for Pic 2 and I want to share:

    It was now official, Ensign Bugs became certain that he should have made that turn to port in the Albuquerque Quadrant.


  9. Blake

    first picture:
    “Which button do I have to push to replicate a chair around here?”

    second picture:

    “Okay guys, just like we talked about. What happens in the Alpha Centari Sector STAYS in the Alpha Centari Sector, right?”


  10. Serge Manfresengen

    Picture 1 – Heeeeere’s Janeway!

    Picture 2 – On second thought, let’s not go to Alpha Centauri. It is a silly place.

    (no code for me)


  11. bluelinebasher

    Pic 1:

    I’ll show you what’s “complicated” Charlie Sheen — my phaser!

    Pic 2:

    Capt. Reynaldo: “Hey, Alpha Centari Sector. Population, us!”
    Crew: *groan*


  12. Aaron

    Going to retract my Picture 2 caption and redo it.

    Picture 2: Deep Space traffic jam, caused by one bumper sticker; “Synthliquor and Quantum-Calculus don’t mix. Never drink and derive.”


  13. Leorstef

    #1 “Huh. I wonder where everyone else went? And why is the Computer counting backwards?”

    #2 “Okay I got it! We’ll build a large wooden rabbit, get inside it, and sneak across the border!”


  14. KJP

    Picture 2:

    “It could be worse, guys. I hear that in other galaxies they have whole paragraphs just floating out there.”


  15. Xtiangames

    I believe I am a bit late on finding the contest. Nonetheless:

    Picture One: Cryptic’s new “Thrilling Space MMO” had to be renamed the “Empty Space MMO” when no one bothered to design furniture for the bridge.

    Picture Two: To be perfectly honest, after that sperm whale slammed into your truck back on Gares IV, weird shit like Giant Space Letters doesn’t freak me out that much any more.


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