News media outlets worldwide were today left twiddling their thumbs and drinking inordinate amounts of coffee because there was simply nothing to report.
The lull between Christmas and the New Year has been long acknowledged as the slackest news period of the year, and this year has proved to be the slackest ever.
BBC and Sky News presenters sat glumly staring at the cameras in total silence.
In the USA, CNN and Fox anchors could only smile rather grimly, in silence at the cameras.
The internet has been hardest hit.
The Spoof.com is expected to be taken offline for an undisclosed period as nothing has happened for their ingenious staffers to rip the piss out of.
'It's been pretty disappointing,' said an unnamed Spoof writer. 'You can only go so far with Aspartame, Miley Cyrus, and a jar of peanut butter.'
More as we get it.