We can reveal that NewsBiscuit the online spoof newspaper has been the victim of what is termed a 'denial of humour attack'. No-one from NewsBiscuit was available to comment.
Po-faced NewsBiscuit watchers have become anxious lately at the lack of funny items in the daily editions of this normally humorous online publication. The first signs of trouble appeared when submissions offering cheap replica handbags began to top the ratings in the online forum. It is not clear if the attack is the work of one subscriber with multiple aliases or an organized group.
Genuine forum members tried to hit back and fight the constant stream of dull, humour free, weirdly stated submissions about replica goods but do not appear to be winning the battle. A review of recent editions of Newsbiscuit suggests that the regular authors are becoming demoralised. One author said that they were all hoping and praying for another product with an i-thingy type name to be released or something along the lines of a hosepipe ban to be announced so they had something to use to fight back.
Front Page stories, some of them slightly funny, are appearing without having previously featured in the forum which could be interpreted as an attempt by the NewsBiscuit editorial staff to bolster the humorous content.
Within the forum, where the raw submissions appear, desperation seems to be producing an increasing numbers of 'two liners', a much detested form of one liner in which a second line is needed to complete or explain the joke. Submissions from the past are appearing at the top of the forum boosted by the replica handbag method leading investigators to conclude that it could all be the work of a once humorous forum member who has lost his funny.
Professor Kenneth Dodd of the Department of Quips and Witticisms at Liverpool University said “One possible explanation for the perceived decline in funny stuff in NewsBiscuit is the laughable real life antics of the present government and their pals. This makes it almost impossible to differentiate between real news and spoof news. I must say how tickled I am these days by the two cronies, Cameron and Murdoch.”
Breaking news: In dawn raids a number of regular contributors have been arrested and are helping police with their inquiries. All of those detained were led away wearing bright new trainers. Sources have revealed that during one raid in Dundee one of the contributors put up a fight and a police officer was felled by one swing of a replica handbag.