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The 2017 Great Durham Pun Championship 

When: Wed., Feb. 8, 7 p.m. 2017
Price: $10

It's like those jokes your dad tells that make everyone reach for the bottle, but with actual stakes! Yes, it's the fifth Great Durham Pun Championship, hailed as one of the top pun competitions in the world by Mental Floss magazine. Those with the sharpest wits and most shameless tongues will convene for a pun-ishing com-pun-tition to see whose pun-stincts will pun out over the long pun. (Clearly, I won't be competing.) Presided over by George Gopen, Duke Professor Emeritus of the Practice of Rhetoric—aka Judge "Go Pun"—participants have ten seconds to come up with groan-inducing cleverness from a prompt, with the winner being crowned Punster of the Year. Wait, wouldn't a better acronym be "Pun User of the New Year" or "P.U.N.Y.?" Oh lord, the madness is spreading. The event is pun-sented by the Regulator Bookshop ... OK, that one definitely didn't work. —Zack Smith

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