The 15 Quirkiest News Stories from 2018
While headlines are meant to shock and surprise us, these stories reveal the true wackiness of the world in which we live.
Vermont 14-year-old runs for office
While running for U.S. President requires that you be at least 35 years of age, Vermont neglected to set a minimum age for the office of governor in its constitution—which inspired 14-year-old Vermont resident Ethan Sonneborn to declare his candidacy. He managed to garner 8.2 percent of the vote in the state’s Democratic primary.
Felon chased down by cows
Grand theft auto will get you arrested—but hunted down by cows? In Florida, Jamie Young allegedly stole an SUV, was pursued by police, crashed into a stop sign, and began running from the cops. The field she sprinted into happened to have dozens of cows with a high regard for the law—or at least a strong dislike of strangers. The cows chased Young into the relative safety of the police. Marvel at more stories of criminals who don’t quite qualify as masterminds.
High school valedictorian tricks class
A Kentucky high school valedictorian used his moment in the spotlight to make a political point. In his speech, he quoted wisdom supposedly from current president Donald Trump: “‘Don’t just get involved. Fight for your seat at the table. Better yet, fight for a seat at the head of the table.’” When the red-state audience applauded, he revealed that the quote was actually from President Obama.
‘Iron Man’ suit stolen
The actual Iron Man suit from the blockbuster Marvel films went missing from a prop house and has yet to be found. It’s hard to imagine someone successfully walking away with the suit—reportedly worth more than $300,000—without being noticed. (This source wonders if Thanos is involved.) Check out these 15 things you might not have known about your favorite superheroes.
Robots take over the slopes in South Korea
The world-class athletes in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang probably didn’t realize that just down the road, robots were taking their best shot at the slopes. Robotics teams from various universities and research institutions built skiing robots to compete in a downhill contest with a $10,000 prize at stake. Next, don’t miss these true stories that will change how you think about luck.