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News puns are common to In The News Node and Sensationalist Headlines. At several points, they have been made bannable, but current SH rules permit "shitty puns," as well as Austin Powers puns.

Austin Powers pun

Image used for Austin puns.

Sometimes news puns are accompanied by an image of Austin Powers. The first Austin Powers pun was made on the 23rd of July, 2009 by user DoctorBerry in a thread about a drunk man who stuck two hammers up his ass.[1] DoctorBerry observed that he must have been "hammered," and posted the image. The next four pages of the thread were almost entirely made up of Austin Powers puns, before ventilated arrived and threatened to permaban further punsters for meme shit.

After this incident, In The News rules were amended, stating that anyone who posted the image would "lose their mojo for some time."[2]

To celebrate April Fools' Day, Hezzy declared that March 31 to April 7, 2010 was Mojo Week, for which Austin puns would not be bannable, and he "encouraged" them.[3]

Michael Jackson/Moonwalk pun

On the 28th of April, 2012, user Echo78 posted a thread in Sensationalist Headlines titled Man forced to moonwalk at gun point.[4] The OP linked to an article by the Huffington Post about a man who was forced to moonwalk at gunpoint.[5]

Shortly after, user Dippeggs posted that "That felon should really look at the man in the mirror," which got him banned by Dav0r for 3 days,[6] which was extended to 7 days shortly after for "Being an idiot." after posting "I like a good thriller."[7] in response to Rents's comment about how if you're going to stick a gun in someone's face it might as well be funny.[8]

The puns continued for the rest of the thread, which caused the Moderators to continue banning people, causing the entire thread to be derailed.[9][10]

After 4 full pages of non-stop puns and comments about the bans, the Moderators decided to re-add the "No puns" rule, until they became "legal" again.[11] The thread itself was deleted at one point.

This thread is also notable for being nominated for Thread of the Year 2012.

References

  1. Sensationalist Headlines/Polidicks - "Drunk man sticks two hammers up his ass." (post #8): http://www.facepunch.com/threads/777367?p=16211994#post16211994
  2. Sensationalist Headlines/Polidicks - HEY YOU - Read these before you post in this section or make a thread: http://www.facepunch.com/threads/778697
  3. Sensationalist Headlines/Polidicks - Mojo Week is OVER: http://www.facepunch.com/threads/916790
  4. Sensationalist Headlines/Polidicks - Man forced to moonwalk at gun point [deleted]: http://www.facepunch.com/threads/1180235
  5. Huffington Post - Man forced to moonwalk at gunpoint [external link; broken]: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/26/man-forced-to-moonwalk-at-gunpoint_n_1455058.html
  6. Sensationalist Headlines/Polidicks - "Man forced to moonwalk at gun point" (post #?) [deleted]: http://www.facepunch.com/threads/1180235?p=35736823#post35736823
  7. Sensationalist Headlines/Polidicks - "Man forced to moonwalk at gun point" (post #?) [deleted]: http://www.facepunch.com/threads/1180235?p=35736924#post35736924
  8. Sensationalist Headlines/Polidicks - "Man forced to moonwalk at gun point" (post #?) [deleted]: http://www.facepunch.com/threads/35736906?p=35736906#post35736906
  9. Sensationalist Headlines/Polidicks - "Man forced to moonwalk at gun point" (post #?) [deleted]: http://www.facepunch.com/threads/1180235?p=35737746#post35737746
  10. Sensationalist Headlines/Polidicks - "Man forced to moonwalk at gun point" (post #?) [deleted]: http://www.facepunch.com/threads/1180235?p=35739161#post35739161
  11. Sensationalist Headlines/Polidicks - RULES - Read ME before POSTING: http://facepunch.com/showthread.php?t=1089075