Examples of silly season stories:
"Senator John Kerry once rescued a hamster from the sea and massaged it back to life"
"Bebo tries to beam messages to Earth-like planet"
"A rabbit started a fire at Devizes cricket club in Wiltshire, causing more than £50,000 damage"
"A woman has bequeathed to her children a piece of fruit that has been in her family since 1921"
"Yep... Silly Season is starting early this year."
Thought to have originated in New Hampshire, the state with the first presidential primaries.