A friend of mine used to live in France. He said that once he was watching the main evening news when they randomly reported that a flamingo had crossed a road! :shock:
Cue ropy amateur footage from somewhere in South America... Flamingo wanders up to the side of a not-particularly-busy road, appears to look both ways, waits for a gap in the traffic, and safely crosses the road.
That was it. End of story!
I asked him if it was maybe some kind of joke about a 'pelican crossing'. Apparently not though. He said that gag doesn't work in French :hmm:
I once found through a blog that collates rubbish news from local papers stories on:
- a swan that had been found dead "face down" in the road
- a woman whose trip to the shops had been ruined by the supermarket not having any custard powder in stock
- a man who had had to buy a new leg for his table as his dog had chewed the old one, the 'news' was that the dog ha chewed the second table leg as well
Granted it must be hard to fill a local newspaper but surely sometimes you could just print the truth "Nothing happened today".