Dads and amateur comedians were dusting off their joke books on Monday as #UKPunDay trended on Twitter across the country.
Between the flatly unfunny and the avalanche of brands trying to flog their product, thousands of people tried their hand at getting a giggle, to mixed success.
There were a fair few real jokes to be had.
So, in no particular order and with apologies all round, here are ten of the best eye-rolling, elbow-nudging, dad-cracking-ly terrible puns.
You have been warned.
“I’m dating a girl from the zoo,” joked @gazgagsman. “I think she’s a keeper.”
@DadJokeMan tweeted: “I used to date an air stewardess from Helsinki.
“I dropped her off at work one day and she just vanished into Finnair.”
“I’m exhausted,” started @thisismenic70. “Just got back from delivering a roll of bubble wrap.
“When I asked where to put it.. The woman said to pop it in the corner…5hrs it took me….”
“The past, the present and the future walked into a bar.
“Things got a little tense,” groaned @80Moore.
@goonerniki kept it short and sweet with: “Thanks for explaining the word ‘many’ to me, it means a lot.”
@DadsPuns got scientific, tweeting: “That awkward moment when you tell a chemistry joke and you get no reaction.
“I guess all the good chemistry puns argon.”
And @JamesMelville even brought Latin into his joke: “I can’t remember how to write 51, 6 and 500 in Roman numerals.
“I’ve written a book called ‘How to be a Ladder Horder’. It’s a step buy step buy step buy step guide,” quipped @whoelsebutalf.
@KulganofCrydee’s wisecrack had a darker air to it.
“Will Glass Coffins be a success?” he asked.
“Remains to be seen.”
And @goodbyejumbo claimed to have been to “the swankiest burger van ever”.
“It had 4 Michelin tyres,” he added.
This is the third year organisers of the Leicester Comedy Festival have promoted a #UKPunDay competition on Twitter and the fourth year for their UK Pun Championships, to be held in the city on the evening of “Punday”, February 11.