Do you ever see a news headline and think, “there is no way that is real,” but then you click on it and learn that it is, in fact, real? Sure, there are popular satire sites like The Onion that post fake (and hilarious) news that is very clearly not real, but in general, it can be hard to tell the difference between fake stories and real stories. This year was particularly hard to do that, because of all the weird stuff that happened in 2016. If you would have told me last year that “Donald Trump Elected President” would be a real headline I saw this year, I wouldn’t have even said anything because that concept is TOO ridiculous. But, alas, it happened. And it wasn’t the only weird news story that we saw in 2016.
I don’t know what you would consider “weird,” but I think it’s anything unexpected, out of the ordinary, or just plain random. And let me tell you, there were a LOT of unexpected things that happened in the news this year. Besides all of the outrageous celebrity drama, there was also weird stuff that happened in our every day lives that you probably didn’t read about. Since I am a huge fan of strange news, I decided to show you 12 of the weirdest news stories of 2016 that you really need to read. I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried, TBH. Check them out!
1. ANYTHING to do with Harambe:
We all know the story of Harambe, The gorilla that spawned a thousand memes. Somehow, it got national attention, and there was so much talk about it online that the Cincinnati Zoo had to politely ask the internet to stop posting memes. The internet did not comply.
2. That time that people literally threw their money into a giant hole:
Cards Against Humanity is notorious for taking people’s money and doing weird stuff with it, but for some reason, this past November they decided to dig a hole. That’s it. That’s the story. They raised $80,000 to dig a hole, which they did, and then had to fill it due to “insurance purposes.” How on EARTH did they get so many people to donate for literally no reason? I can’t even get my dad to lend me $20.
3. When Pepe the Frog became a hate symbol:
Remember Pepe the Frog? I mean, how could you forget. Remember when Pepe the Frog became a symbol for antisemitism? This year was… weird.
4. This story about Obama’s post-presidential plans:
This is honestly...inspiring. I am sad to see Barack Obama leave office in January, but if this is what he wants to do, I will respect it.
5. The time a teenager asked the FBI to use a better mug shot of her:
ICONIC! An Australian teen escaped from prison, and when they posted a mugshot of her on social media, she politely asked them to replace the picture with a better one. I think we can all relate to this. Well, besides the jail part.
6. That time that I, along with the internet, believed that Ted Cruz was the Zodiac Killer:
Okay, it actually makes little sense that Ted Cruz was the zodiac killer since he was literally a baby at the time, but that didn’t stop the world from thinking that he was ACTUALLY the zodiac killer.
7. That one news story about the woman who…did this:
Honestly, this election brought out the worst in some of us. Although I’m not entirely sure how this woman got that much peanut butter, it’s still a funny and weird story.
I truly don’t even know what to say about this, other than the fact that I hope this woman writes a biography.
9. The one time an old woman became everybody’s hero:
Good for her! She has lived through the past 105 years, she deserves whatever she wants, TBH.
10. You guys didn’t forget about the clowns, did you?
Literally how could any of us forget about all of the clown drama that dominated the media this year. I wished so badly that I could forget about clowns, and then stuff like this kept happening. Sign.
11. This is…the weirdest one, IMO
Apparently, a fisherman thought that this sex toy was some sort of angel, so he took it home and cared for it…until the police came and told him it was a bow-up sex doll. He gave the doll clothes though, so I guess that’s…nice?
12. When a New York artist led people to believe that there was a giant octopus attack:
According to this story, a performance artist wanted to see just how gullible people were, and made up a fake story about a giant octopus that attacked the Staten Island ferry. Weird? Yes. Hilarious? Absolutely.
What do you think was the weirdest news story of 2016? What did we miss? Tell us in the comments!