You could be forgiven for thinking there was no shortage of news around at the moment, what with the Metropolitan Police being thrown into fresh scandal, a US spy going on the run, former world leaders Berlusconi and Mandela in the headlines for starkly different reasons and a summer of sport hotting up.
But there is no mistaking the tell tale signs that silly season has begun. In truth it probably began on Friday 21 June, which the front page of The Telegraph informed us was 'the happiest day of the year'.
Then there has been the Egyptian statue in a Manchester museum which apparently turns itself around. Even the BBC couldn't resist this summertime nonsense and shared some stop motion footage that proved absolutely nothing (unless the BBC is also suggesting Wallace and Gromit might actually be able to drive a motorcycle-sidecar combination without a helping hand from humans).
Theories to explain the amazing moving Egyptian statue include it being a PR stunt by the museum, a Mummy's curse, or vibrations through the shelf slowly shaking the statue around on its base over the course of a day.
It's obviously the Mummy's curse, right? The Sunday Mirror reported:
"Museum curator and Egyptologist Campbell Price believes there could be a spiritual explanation. He said: "In Ancient Egypt they believed that if the mummy is destroyed then the statuette can act as an alternative vessel for the dead person's spirit. Maybe that is what is causing the movement."
Yeah. That or the vibrations.
Speaking of unusual relics of a bygone age, moving in a strange and newsworthy manner, this week also saw the emergence of a photograph which appears to show David Cameron riding on a child's scooter. The Sun and the Daily Mail both jumped at this one.
Neither paper dwelled for too long on the fact the picture is clearly not a recent one. Look, the trees have no leaves on. The Sun found a way around this by simply making no mention of when the photo was taken, why it has only now emerged, or why any of us should really care. Meanwhile, the Mail admitted:
"It is not clear when the snap was taken, but as people looked on in amazement the 46-year-old was unmistakable riding a £120 Micro Scooter through Regent's Park in central London."
At this point it seems fair to point out they are trying way too hard to turn this into a story.
If the Mail doesn't even know when the picture was taken, how can it be sure that just out of shot are crowds of amazed bystanders? Who are these people who have told the Mail they were amazed yet couldn't remember even roughly what time of year it was that they saw the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom riding on a scooter through central London?
The Sun also has an anonymous eye-witness to these newsworthy scenes, who as luck would have it speaks in the kinds of soundbites a newspaper sub-editor might otherwise have had to write:
"If he's trying to appeal to a younger audience this is the right way to go about it — the five-year-olds will love him..."
...said somebody some months ago who may or may not have actually witnessed Cameron riding a scooter.
Meanwhile, while all this has been going on the Daily Star has well and truly given up for the summer and has dedicated its front page to Big Brother.