An Irishwoman from the picturesque village of Effin is a bit put out that Facebook has unkindly dubbed her place of birth "offensive". Ann Marie Kennedy, 47, says she and several chums have repeatedly tried to enter the name of the hamlet, some 20 miles south of Limerick, as their "Hometown" on the social network, only to be …
Twinned with Sc*nthorpe?
No: twinned with Bastardstown :)
Far North Queensland.
Well effin said
Could be worse, she could be from Muff. (its a real place, Donegal)
The Village Muff
And inevitably it has:
And another Muff in Nor' Meath
As the name shows, on this blurry rock (surrounded by a suitably topiaryed bush), there's a Muff Cresent right outside Nobber (pronounced Nob-her), Co.Meath
In the end,
we all come from muff.
Re: The Village Muff
That is hilarious. I'm very tempted by one of these T shirts...
Re: In the end,
Presumably Walking Bottom in Surrey will also present problems, and Fucking in Austria will definitely do so. As for people living in certain roads:
There is absolutely no effing chance at all. All we need is nanny Harriet to assist in the process of changing place and street names, as recently happened in the case of one Butts Lane not long back. It's just a fucking word, FFS.
Surely, that would in be the beginning then?
Good Effin story, but...
...I don't think it's censorship. I think it's just the Facebook places software being seriously broken.
At one time, you could create named locations willy-nilly, but then Facebook introduced some kind of vetting based on -- possibly -- a static dump of Wikipedia. So if your town "does not exist" you can't enter it, and you can't update the database (though I think there may be a loophole through the Facebook mobile site).
But some of the old comedy ones are still available.
Not just Facebook
Wasn't there a Fort Gay incident (or something similar) with XBox Live?
Effin' whoopee do! Does anyone remember Jack Tuat and the Whale?
Friday afternoon poetry
Keep up the good work!
...for my first laugh of the day. That limerick is priceless. Any chance the Zuck reads el Reg?
if they will let you select Sugar Tit, South Carolina.
More limericks, please!
Good effort. I think, as well as the Playmobil re-enactments, some weekly doggerel round-ups might be in order...
The Big Effen Bee
I wonder if facebook ban it for the french too?
She's lucky she's not from the little Austrian village of Fucking.
For some reason I read that as Australian, and it still seemed to make sense.
An Irish lass called Ann Marie
Thought Facebook was taking the p
They wouldn't letin
Her home town of Effin
They said "It's offensive, you see"
needs another syllable on line 3
'coz they wouldn't let in
Seriously ? Facebook devs don't know about lookup tables ? Or exceptions ? Or if...then statements ? Eg they couls allow Effin only if the county is Limierick. Go on a course you chumps.
Why u mad bro?
Seriously though knowing a couple - get a grip.
Muff diving club
I can understand why she's a bit pissed off, I wouldn’t like to give my home town as Limerick either, but, it could be worse, her home town could be Meanus, also in Co. Limerick.
Have the Muff (Co. Donegal) Sub-aqua club set up a facebook page, they have a web page at http://www.muffdivingclub.ie/
Other Irish place names likely to cause a problem:- Nobber (Meath), Bastardstown (Wexford), Termonfeckin (Louth), Meelick (Clare, Galway & Mayo), Mount Juliet (Kilkenny), and Spunkane (Kerry)
By the way this is the same Facebook that continues to leave 1 individual spamming my facebook page with porn links dispite been notified 18 times (I won't unfriend the individual as I curious to see how long it takes facebook to ban them)
Paris, also a member of the muff diving club.
I'm sick of Facebook anyway
You used to be able to create a page for an "alternate ego" but they took that away. How the hell am I supposed to rant about people I know without them knowing it's me?? Thank god Twitter lets you do that still... for know.
There is also Killinaspick in Killkenny and Soldiers hole in Wexford
and Asshaggard in Wexford. Ohh Killmacow in Wicklow i think.
You are of course assuming it IS the individual spamming you not one of the many dubious apps that spam under users names,
she doesn't have friends from Muff, Co. Donegal or Nobber, Co. Meath.
Perhaps an 'of' in that page title and this story wouldn't exist. Afterall, the only deletion for was the page that was created. I have the same problem setting my own home town on my profile, and it is home to well over 5,000 people and has been around for 150 years.
We need to know ...
In the interests of research, tell us how folks from Penistone or Pratt's Bottom, or a range of villages on the river Piddle, fare!
I've had kidney stones and that was painful enough, thanks!
I wonder if the residents of the Austrian village of Fucking have similar issues.
Nope, I just made my hometown Fucking, Austria. Has a picture of the sign and everything. Might possibly be related to "community standards". I'm in Canada, and this sort of thing on a Facebook page wouldn't raise many eyebrows. I don't know how much the Catholic Church still dominates Ireland, but I can see the "community standards" being less relaxed in such a place.
Not the first time...
Reminds me of a story I heard years ago where residents of Scunthorpe fell foul of AOL's moral police.
'..Scunthorpe fell foul of AOL's moral police.'
AOL had morals?
Feh!, who knew?
This reminds me of the time Scunthorpe was said to have been knocked off the internet
How long before they ban that town?
Obviously, residents of Twatt, in Orkney, shouldn't even bother trying...
Not only, but also :
Upper Twatt - as in, "I can see Upper Twatt from here"
(Also in Orkney : Cumminess, and Tongue of Gangsta)
Or Twatt in Shetland
Everyone forgets that one and thinks only Orkney has it
Facebook is not the web
If you want to have your internet within the bounds of a walled garden that's controlled by one bunch of admin guys in a different country, then expect to be told by them what is, and isn't, in their expert but limited opinion, appropriate and accurate on a website. And that's if you get any kind of response from them at all.
You want your town recognised on the web? Then put it on the web, not Facebook.
Your limerick doesn't have an acceptable metre, by the way.
I know that many consider Dublin ( Particularly D2 and D4 ) to be a separate country, but they're wrong. Facebooks European Headquarters ( which hosts facebook admins ), and Effin are both in Ireland.
Where can we vote for awards? Lester deserves a few beers for his limerick at least.
I laughed my ass off at the limerick. XD
No, facebook has done no such thing. it isn't banning her quaint village name out of spite, but merely out of stupidity. It doesn't allow ANY city name to be put in that it doesn't recognise. So I can't put MY village name (ballinger) in, I can't even put in the name of our nearest towns coz it doesn't recognise those either. I've given up and put "London" - all my friends know where I live, and anyone from american thinks we all live in London anyway...
London's not England?!?
1. Don't feel bad, most people here now days are geographically challenged anyway. Besides, if you heard my accent you would probably ask if I lived in the backwoods in the great state of Georgia (which I don't).
2. It's not "from american", it's "from America".
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