23 Weirdest News Stories of the Year
If 2018 has felt like a strange year, you’re not wrong. Check out these crazy stories from the past 365 days.
Cleveland’s Parade of Losers
Parades in sports tend to be hosted for the victors, but the Cleveland Browns bucked that tradition when they threw themselves one for being the worst team in football. It was a perfect season—for losses, that is. The team went 0-16 and didn’t get a win until September 2018.
Philly fans take on the browns
This is the other kind of brown: When the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl, one of their fans decided to celebrate this great win by shoving some horse poop into his mouth. We’re still trying to figure out how that qualifies as a celebration…
Kanye West chats up Mr. Trump
The Oval Office is the most important room in our nation, a meeting place for presidents, political leaders, and esteemed guests from around the world. But in October, rapper Kanye West stopped by to meet with President Trump to tell him what a great job he’s doing. The Oval Office has seen more Hollywood celebrities of late, including West’s wife, Kim Kardashian.
Flintstone cosplay warrants arrest
In a brilliant and inspiring prank, a Florida man converted his Smart car into a replica of Fred Flinstone’s prehistoric vehicle, dressed up as Fred, and drove it around town. It wasn’t his bizarre cosplay that got him pulled over, but the fact that he was speeding. He was later arrested when the officer deemed him to be acting in an unruly manner.
U.S. Embassy cancels ‘Cat Pajama-jam’
The U.S. Embassy in Australia had a training exercise go hilariously wrong when a faux invitation to a “Cat Pajama-jam” party was accidentally sent out on an email blast by a new staff in training. The embassy had to send a follow-up email rescinding the invitation and apologizing for not hosting what could have been a hilarious party.
Robot news anchor
Is it time to welcome our new robot overlords? The field of artificial intelligence has made incredible and, at times, disturbing advances lately—like this development from China: An AI news anchor. Modeled on real Xinhua news anchor, Zhang Zhao, the robot news anchor went live in November. He’s remarkably lifelike.
Author of murder charged for murder
If you’ve written an essay titled “How to Murder Your Husband,” it’s probably a bad idea to go ahead and do so. But that’s exactly what Portland, Oregon writer Nancy Crampton-Brophy is accused of doing after her husband was discovered dead from a gunshot wound.
It’s a… oh boy!
Authorities determined in 2018 that the cause of one Arizona wildfire was a gender reveal party gone wrong: On state land, a soon-to-be father shot a bag filled with blue powdered explosives to indicate he and his wife were expecting a boy. A spark ignited dry grasses nearby, leading to a serious flame. He now owes $8 million in damages. Read this incredible account from a firefighter who had a wildfire burn right over the top of him.
There’s a “New” Mexico?
A Washington, D.C. court clerk refused to issue a marriage certificate when the groom presented a New Mexico state ID. The clerk thought that New Mexico was a foreign country—like Mexico—instead of one of the 50 states. New Mexico has been a state for over a century. This clerk may want to read up on 50 astonishing facts about all 50 states.
Red Sox rub it in
You’ve heard of sore losers—this qualifies as sore winning: After winning the World Series over the LA Dodgers, the Sox played and sang “New York, New York,” in the locker room. The Sox had beaten the Yanks in the playoffs to get to the Series, but apparently, the players wanted to pour a little more salt into their arch-rival’s wounds.