Minor British Institutions: The silly season
Saturday 06 August 2011
News stories about saucily-shaped vegetables and silhouettes of religious leaders appearing on pieces of toast feature year-round, and are now much more widely circulated by the new media.
Every year, too, it's customary to find an article pointing out that many important world events have taken place in August, including the outbreak of the First World War.
But the silly season survives, because journalists like tradition, and because news does go on holiday with its makers. Join in by crossing off these as they take their annual bow:
1. Someone has been holidaying in the same resort for many years.
2. Egg fried on pavement.
3. Photograph of a brimming reservoir.
4. Shark off Cornwall; big cat near Woking.
5. Sheep learn to roll over cattle grids.
6. Famous middle-aged man has moobs.
7. Cow falls from clifftop onto caravan.
8. Topless sunbathing banned in Frinton.
9. BBC: too many repeats.
10. No one appears to be running the country.
- 1 School playground evacuated over 'unusually aggressive' grey squirrel
- 2 Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke beats opponent 33 years his junior in exhibition boxing match
- 3 Jennifer Lawrence scores first UK top 40 single with Hunger Games track 'The Hanging Tree'
- 4 Today was a bad day for renters, landlords, and democracy
At least 100 dead after Islamists launch attack on Nigerian mosque
Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke beats opponent 33 years his junior in exhibition boxing match
'You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me': 4-year-old sends adorable love letter to girl at school
Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries
Russell Brand: 'Katy Perry? I don’t know who that is'
Obama: The only people with the right to object to immigration are Native Americans
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
David Cameron sets out immigration reforms: We should distrust Ukip and their 'snake-oil of simple solutions'
Ukip mocked after mistaking Westminster Cathedral – for a mosque
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
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