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teddiwen
The Shire

Feb 25 2007, 7:21am

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The history of The Pants Can't Post

Do tell why or how such a thread originated.

Cracks me up to no end.

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CAhobbit
Rohan


Feb 25 2007, 8:05am

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Someone... [In reply to] Can't Post

much more in the know will give better details. But if I'm remembering correctly the 'pants game' actually has it's origin in Star Wars fandom. It just grew from there and eventually entered LOTR fandom.

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L. Ron Halfelven
Grey Havens


Feb 25 2007, 11:09am

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It began with the stitching of the Great Pants./ [In reply to] Can't Post



FingonOfPittsburgh
Lorien


Feb 25 2007, 2:05pm

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Cracks me up to no end.





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Elanor
Bree

Feb 25 2007, 4:39pm

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The Dos and the Don'ts of Pants Engagement. [In reply to] Can't Post

Please could someone also explain these to us newbies, as well as the history thereof? I for one don't want to put a foot in the wrong leg and cause offence - start pantsing Mount Doom or the Grey Havens, for instance, only to be told they are sacrosanct.

I'm assuming that here the word "pants" is used to mean trousers, rather than what it means to us in England - that is, underwear? Though that meaning does tend to make the whole thing even funnier.

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entmaiden
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Feb 25 2007, 5:09pm

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It's that double meaning [In reply to] Can't Post

that makes the "pants" threads even funnier. It did start with Star Wars, maybe even on TheForce.net. They started using lines from the original three movies, substituting "pants" where appropriate ("I cannot teach him. The boy has no pants.", "These aren't the pants you're looking for", "Search your pants, you know it to be true.")

Soon after FOTR was released, pants threads invaded TORN. Someone might have some of the original threads, but every time we start one up it's just as funny as the originals. Nothing is sacred, so if you have a funny pants line, feel free to post it. I think we've even done Silmarillion pants threads.

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ringhead91
Rivendell


Feb 25 2007, 6:13pm

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"It was in this moment, when all hope had faded, that Isildur, son of the King, took up his father's pants." NT [In reply to] Can't Post

 

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.



Ataahua
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Feb 25 2007, 6:46pm

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The original pants threads [In reply to] Can't Post

are in Goeth-Helm's The TORN Humor Files, which are linked in one of the sticky threads in the Welcome section of these boards. I think they're under Humour/The Big Guns.

I also think it was Nomad who won with this line: "There are darker and fouler things than Orcs in the deep dark places of my pants."

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded b*****d with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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luinfalathiel
Lorien


Feb 25 2007, 6:48pm

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Three pairs were given to the Elves. Immortal, fairest, and most fashionable of all beings./ [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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luinfalathiel
Lorien


Feb 25 2007, 6:50pm

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`Are these magic pants?' asked Pippin, looking at them with wonder. [In reply to] Can't Post

`I do not know what you mean by that,' answered the leader of the Elves.

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Foe
Lorien


Feb 25 2007, 8:09pm

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Because I'm bored as heck here at work, I'll answer you in the form of Men Without Pants...I mean Hats. [In reply to] Can't Post

You can pants if you want to
But donít leave your pants behind
Replace the word pants then it will enhance
A joke in the written line
I say, it can go where you want it
A place where we will always find
Then we will laugh like we came right out of our pants
Leave the real line far behind
And we can pants.
Pants-y.

It can go where you want it
Replace a noun or even verb
And you can pants real neat put their pants at their feet
And surprise 'em with a line supurb
Say, if you donít start a pants thread
someone will, that you can bet
And I think that I recall the TORnsibs owe it all
To a website called the force-dot-net

I say, you can pants, I can pants
Movie lines or from the text
We can pants, we can pants
First Legolas then Gimli next
I can pants, you can pants
But only one thread if you please
When it falls, off the board
Then we all can start a repri-i-i-ise.

Tolkien pants
Is it safe to pants
Is it safe to pants

You can pants if you want to
Just replace only one word
So if we donít abuse it, never gonna lose it
Funniest thing youíve ever heard.
I say, You can pants if you want to
But donít leave your pants behind
Replace the word pants then it will enhance
A joke in the written line

Is it safe to pants, oh is it safe to pants.
Is it safe to pants!

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Foe
Lorien


Feb 25 2007, 8:26pm

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I was always under the impression that... [In reply to] Can't Post

only 1 word only could be changed to pants, so no possesive pronouns and the like to make the word fit better, at least that is the way I learned to play before coming to TORn. Perhaps the rules have changed.

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L. Ron Halfelven
Grey Havens


Feb 25 2007, 8:36pm

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Only to pants purists. We NARPs can do as we please./ [In reply to] Can't Post



Foe
Lorien


Feb 25 2007, 8:44pm

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Then I guess I'm a purist, but I still put them on one leg at a time, just like everyone else./ [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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squire
Valinor


Feb 25 2007, 10:32pm

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No idea about the origin. As to whether Pants jokes are puns, however... [In reply to] Can't Post

I seriously doubt whether the "Pants" class of verbal joking is punning as I understand the term, although it does require a high level of literacy and verbal craft to make a first-class Pants joke, because it is not the simple substitution of "pants" for a primary noun in a Tolkien quote that produces the humorous effect, rather it is the use of "pants" in an existing sentence where the change of noun suddenly rearranges the sense of the remaining sentence to apply to some aspect of wearing, owning, removing, or otherwise interacting with bifurcated garments in a way that brings out the fear most people have of pants, since wearing pants is our primary means of covering our nakedness, which when threatened arouses an array of protective reactions, one of which is laughter (often nervous or hysterically overstated -- remarkably few of the "Pants" jokes on this site actually rate a literal "LOL", or "Laugh Out Loud", but the LOL-poster is betraying his or her intrinsic fear of losing their own pants), and another of which is the desire to join in the fun by contributing yet another "Pants" joke, thus removing the fear by asserting group solidarity, and the resulting feelings of community, felt even over so amorphous and virtual medium as the Internet, is without doubt far better than the alternative of every one here getting together at a single location pantless, although there is something to be said for that idea too -- it remains true however, getting back to the point, that "Pants" jokes are not puns, unless Tolkien's word that is replaced is a near homonym for "Pants", and that is rarely seen or referenced during one of these affairs.



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grammaboodawg
Immortal


Feb 25 2007, 10:55pm

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Seven pairs to the Dwarf lords, great miners and craftsmen of the mithril pants./ [In reply to] Can't Post

 


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entmaiden
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Feb 25 2007, 10:58pm

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Is there a period to that sentence? [In reply to] Can't Post

Can't you just say that juxtaposing "pants" with it's underlying naughty meaning with a heretofore dramatic line from a movie is silly? Evil And then emphasize the silliness with smilies? Cool

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`Are these magic cloaks?' asked Pippin, looking at them with wonder.
`I do not know what you mean by that,' answered the leader of the Elves.


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squire
Valinor


Feb 25 2007, 11:09pm

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Yes, look at the end, it's right there. [In reply to] Can't Post

Silliness is as silliness does. I can't say what you said I might say better than the way you said I should say it yourself, of course.



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a.s.
Valinor


Feb 25 2007, 11:10pm

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squire has been quoted as saying: [In reply to] Can't Post


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Can't you just say that juxtaposing "pants" with it's underlying naughty meaning with a heretofore dramatic line from a movie is silly? Evil And then emphasize the silliness with smilies? Cool



"Death to all smilies!"

Which I Evil take to be a declaration Shocked of WAR Mad, personally. Once I get an advanced smilie pack Cool I will comment further Tongue.

Cool just kidding, squire.

a.s.

"an seileachan"

Everybody's wondering what and where they all came from.
Everybody's worried 'bout where they're gonna go when the whole thing's done.
No one knows for certain, and so it's all the same to me:
I think I'll just let the mystery be.
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Eowyn of Penns Woods
Valinor


Feb 25 2007, 11:32pm

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Yep. Anything else is "Designer" Pants. [In reply to] Can't Post

I had my own line of Designer Pants threads at one time.
They were not included in the regular Pants threads.
Antsy-pants TORnies and newbies started altering lines in the regular Pants threads ...
;) =)




deej
Tol Eressea


Feb 25 2007, 11:33pm

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"It would seem like wisdom, but for the warning in my pants" [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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entmaiden
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Feb 26 2007, 12:05am

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That just rouses my contrary side [In reply to] Can't Post

I say: Long live smilies! Smile A profusion of smilies! Tongue


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In Reply To
Can't you just say that juxtaposing "pants" with it's underlying naughty meaning with a heretofore dramatic line from a movie is silly? Evil And then emphasize the silliness with smilies? Cool



"Death to all smilies!"

Which I Evil take to be a declaration Shocked of WAR Mad, personally. Once I get an advanced smilie pack Cool I will comment further Tongue.

Cool just kidding, squire.

a.s.


Each cloak was fastened about the neck with a brooch like a green leaf veined with silver.
`Are these magic cloaks?' asked Pippin, looking at them with wonder.
`I do not know what you mean by that,' answered the leader of the Elves.


NARF since 1974.
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a.s.
Valinor


Feb 26 2007, 12:10am

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smile on, sister!!! [In reply to] Can't Post


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I say: Long live smilies! Smile A profusion of smilies! Tongue


You go girl!! Smile You rock!! Cool

Sly a.s.

"an seileachan"

Everybody's wondering what and where they all came from.
Everybody's worried 'bout where they're gonna go when the whole thing's done.
No one knows for certain, and so it's all the same to me:
I think I'll just let the mystery be.
~~~~Iris DeMent


GaladrielTX
Tol Eressea


Feb 26 2007, 1:01am

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Pants are funny. [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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Aelric
The Shire


Feb 26 2007, 2:37am

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Pray, Master Dwarf, [In reply to] Can't Post

remove your hand from your pants. You will not need such arguements.

That's the one I always go with. I should sig it.


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