Has silly season begun? Is that what this period is between Halloween and Christmas? Maybe it’s all part of a master plan to keep us smiling as we head into the darkest time of the year.

Sigh . . .

On the news wire this morning are a couple of ridiculous stories.

One is about a Russian group of companies removing a giant iPhone statue memorializing late Apple founder Steve Jobs from a university campus. Reports suggest — though, do not confirm — that it was removed in response to current Apple CEO Tim Cook’s announcement last week that he is gay.

Reports the Independent: “ZEFS, which originally had the six-foot monument in the shape of an iPhone erected outside a college in St. Petersburg in January to pay homage to the achievements of Jobs following his death from cancer in 2011, has since taken the decision to dismantle it, citing a need for it to abide by Russia’s “gay propaganda” laws, Reuters reports.”

Hmm . . . Will the iPhone forever be known as a gay device in that country? Has it become a phallic symbol?

Russia is getting sillier and sillier, isn’t it?

Ah, but wait.

Burnaby, British Columbia, seems to be vying with Russia for the Silly Award, and they might just win the (inaugural) prize.

There’s a messy municipal election campaign going on in that western Canadian burg, and it seems somebody has started a rumour that the party backing the current mayor plans to inject students with a serum that could make them gay, Yahoo News and several others are reporting. Yes, the rumour is getting media coverage.


Sigh . . .

I swear I am not making this up. And I am talking about Canada, not Nigeria or Uganda. And I doubt even the Russians could come across as that silly.

So, I think Burnaby should win the inaugural Silly Award.

— Jillian