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When the "knockdown" status effect is applied, text appears that says things like "whoops", "tripped", or "hammertime".

What does "hammertime" reference? I'm familiar with the M.C. Hammer song "Can't Touch This", but I don't recall there being anything about slipping and/or falling in it.

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    Stop! Hammertime. – GnomeSlice Jan 17 '17 at 5:12
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    Kids these days. Next thing you know, they'll wonder what badgers have to do with mushrooms and snakes... – Journeyman Geek Jan 18 '17 at 6:37
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From the status effect wikia page, the effect of Knockdown is:

Cannot Move or Act

You have the reference right. It is a reference to the song "Can't Touch This" by M.C. Hammer, as the lyric directly preceding "Hammertime" is "Stop!". Since the effect of Knockdown is the inability to move, you're effectively stopped from moving.

Hammertime!

can't touch this

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    It is probably a good idea to indicate what Stop! Hammertime! is a reference to; as famous as MC Hammer was for that catchphrase, I’m sure there are people unfamiliar with it. – KRyan Jan 17 '17 at 15:41
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    @KRyan I added a video and a gif for the reference! How's that? – Vemonus Jan 17 '17 at 15:53
  • Hah, fantastic. – KRyan Jan 17 '17 at 15:58
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    Oh man I had almost forgotten that people actually wore those pants and did that dance. – coteyr Jan 17 '17 at 16:21
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    Whole rest of my day ruined, by that stupid tune. Because literally everything that is better is less of an ear worm. Gah! – Ryan Jan 17 '17 at 17:56
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The reference is to the In Living Color parody where MC Hammer gets lost in his pants while dancing. Must see:

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    I very much doubt that. How would getting lost in your pants make sense as a reference here? – Vemonus Jan 18 '17 at 5:41
  • Obviously you weren't a teenager in the 80's. Getting lost in the pants inhibits (or should) his movement. It's a sly throwback to this video. Kind of like when someone says "Homey don't play that", it's from In Living Color. – Mary Jan 18 '17 at 5:48
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    No, I wasn't. But that doesn't change that this is just a parody of what Divinity: Original Sin is referencing. Based on YouTube views alone, it just wouldn't make sense to make an obscure reference like this. The original music video has 284m views, while the parody videos have at most 1.3m. – Vemonus Jan 18 '17 at 5:50

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