According to punpunpun.com: “Lend us and ear and we’ll give you more corn,” was how those who attended the first O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships were welcomed in 1977. Shucks! Now, 35 years later the Pun-Off continues to a-maize people with wacky wordplay and home groan wit from powerful punsters who are out standing in their field.
The 36th Annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships will take place on May 18, 2013 in the back yard of the O. Henry Museum in Austin, Texas. Why Austin? Because that’s where William Sydney Porter (aka O. Henry) lived and was found guilty of embezzlement before serving his three years in jail and high tailing it to New York City where he became a famous writer under the pseudonym O. Henry.