The 'O Henry Pun-Off World Championships' are for a Wordy Cause

By: Joey Haar - Oct 3, 2016
References: punoff & wired
At the O Henry Pun-Off World Championships, competitors face off in head to head duels that often leave audiences groaning. No, the event isn't a gladiator contest, though the competitors would be glad if audiences adored them. Rather, the O Henry Pun-Off World Championship is a contest to crown the world's best pun-maker.

Taking place each year in Austin, Texas, the competition brings together both veteran and rookie "punslingers" who vie for the top prize. Though the Austin event features several off-shoot competitions, the main event is structured as a tourney in which punslingers shoot off themed puns within five seconds or else they're eliminated.

With the appeal of so-called "dad jokes" in internet culture today, the O Henry Pun-Of World Championship is enjoying a surge in popularity among Millennials.