Great Job, Internet!: Pun-ishing map charts intersection of capitalism and painful wordplay

Samuel Johnson declared puns the lowest form of humor. James Joyce used them to compose Finnegans Wake. And for thousands of American restaurateurs and store owners, puns are simply part of a wise business plan. Across this great land can be found countless hair salons, taco stands, and dog groomers with wordplay-based names. And now, having asked readers to submit their own favorite examples of such establishments and having received “over 3,000 submissions,” the travel experts at Atlas Obscura (in cooperation with Digg) are now ready to present their own, searchable, interactive map of America’s “punny businesses.” By their own calculation, after “checking and culling the obvious fakes,” the diligent researchers at Atlas Obscura narrowed the field down to “1,900-ish actual places.” Until now, finding such institutions was a matter of mere happenstance for the weary, pun-starved traveler. No more! Headed to Kansas City and feeling peckish …

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