Industry analysts have concluded that online satirical website TheSpoof.com just isn't as funny as it used to be. The problem is that nobody seems to know who the analysts are, or if they are biased one way or the other.
Claiming that a humour outlet isn't as funny as it used to be is an old, tried and tested method of increasing circulation. Viz Comic have been doing it for years. It's the sort of self-deprecating challenge that makes readers determined to prove it wrong.
So in order to do this, they buy the comic, or log on to the site, or whatever, and it's job done. But it still doesn't answer the question. Not satisfactorily anyway.
A random survey revealed mixed results.
L'Oreal MacAdam 26, a shitstorm analyst from Derby said:
"I think TheSpoof.com's much funnier nowadays than it used to be. It just used to be packed with really crap Miley Cyrus, Cheryl Cole, R. Pattz, K. Stew stories. Often badly written and bearing no relation to the story title. Then you had the largest penis/vagina stuff, which could be funny sometimes, but most of the time they just made me wanna yack up. Now it's much funnier. I don't get a lot of the American stuff, but I love the stories about Middlesbrough, and SuBo, and them upper class blokes what do the exploring. Some of the footy stories are quite good too. Although I don't know who they're on about most of the time. Before my time you see. But yes. It's much funnier."
Pensioners Maureen Springstep and Ida Clouch of Ramsbottom disagreed. Strongly.
"It's crap nowadays," Maureen said. "It's gone the same way as Viz Comic. I used to love the stories about enormous throbbing cocks and sopping wet vaginas. And that Italian papparazzi chap who got snaps of everybody in the nuddy."
"The enormous throbbing cocks were nice," Ida agreed. "And the ones about that lovely Cheryl Cole getting the arse shagged off her by him off On The Buses. In a skip."
"But we move on..." Maureen sighed. "I don't like that one who swears a lot though. I see he's still there, peddling his filth and drivel. I don't like him."
"You mean that Frankie one? Ooh he's a right bastard him. Pretends he's a priest, but he's not a proper one."
"Fucking pornographer, he is," Maureen cursed. "Filthy fucker."
"Filthy fucker. Yes. He is that. Still, you know what they say about them what talks about shagging all the time..."
"Yes. Means they're not getting any. Usually. In my book."
"What book's that then Maureen?"
"The enormous throbbing cock one..."
"Enormous throbbing cock...yes...Sorry. What was the question again?"
Erm...more as we get it...