Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Caty just flagged a fantastic new feature from Atlas Obscura: “The Ultimate Crowdsourced Map of Punny Business in America.” Some faves:

Edifice Wrecks (A demolition company in Watertown, MA)

My Aiken Body (A massage therapist in Aiken, SD)

Haulin' Ash (Chimney sweeps in Bellingham, WA)

Sure Lock Homes (A locksmith in Port Orchard, WA)

Coincidentally, I just spotted this tattoo parlor at the top of my Instagram feed, from a friend visiting NYC (hers is a private account, so I’m using a screenshot over an embed):

Perhaps my favorite punny name for an establishment is a fictional one: The White Swallow, from a South Park episode—new one tonight! If you know of any good real-life names that aren’t in the Atlas Obscura database, shoot me an email and I’ll post. Update from a reader: “There was a gay bar on Polk Street in San Francisco called The White Swallow.” One of my favorite lines from Dina Martina is her remarking on how the names of gay bars are often parts of the ear—The Anvil, The Hammer, The Stirrup …