Just read an amusing, and ironically, informative essay in ACM Ubiquity, called “The Cucumber Season: Reflections on the Nature of Information When There Isn’t Any,” by Espen Andersen:
I would like to introduce a new term to the English language: “Cucumber season”. The term, from Norwegian, refers to the period from sometime in early June, when Parliament and the public schools recess, until mid-August when the schools start up again and people return from their summer holidays. The name of this season comes from the observation that during this period, newspapers have little to write about – since nothing much happens – and so are forced to report on non-news, such as outsized and/or weirdly shaped vegetables such as cucumbers. By extension, the term refers to newspaper articles as well – a padded-out news item of dubious importance and inflated headline is referred to as a cucumber.
ACM Ubiquity – The Cucumber Season: Reflections on the Nature of Information When There Isn’t Any.
One of my favorite things I learned from my husband’s dissertation research (wonder if someone could do a study of that – things spouses learn during dissertations?) is that the number of newspaper articles about airline crashes is not related to the incidents of airlines crashes. Turns out, when there aren’t crashes, newspapers re-report on former crashes.