Silly season for stories. Yesterday we asked readers to nominate the most laughable “news stories” popping up in the media over the silly season. And one Crikey reader suggested this absolute ripper WTF story from The Daily Telegraph (also appearing on other News Limited websites).

Got any others you think are pretty bloody awful? (Best ones usually include random bikini photos, memes or stories about Aussies cooling down at the beach). Send them our way …

It’s summer, stop working, says DIAC. An interesting little Twitter spat between Department of Immigration spinner Sandi Logan and ABC journalist Jeff Waters this morning. The department’s reluctance to grant media access to asylum seeker detention centres has long been a frustration of journos (as has dealing with tough nut Logan …)

Video of the day. A brilliant parody of boy bandits One Direction’s What Makes You Beautiful (the song your tween daughter/niece/friend keeps humming) by whiteBLACKatcha about Aboriginal stereotypes, called Coz I’m Aboriginal.

Front page of the day. Who are those acrobatic whippersnappers balancing atop bamboo ladders on the front page of the Phnom Penh Post, we hear you ask? Silly question. They’re members of the Tokyo fire brigade.

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