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19 weirdest news stories of 2018

If 2018 has felt like a strange year, you’re not wrong.

19 weirdest news stories of 2018
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Check out these crazy but true stories from 2018 in no particular order of weirdness.

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1. Kanye West chats up Mr. Trump
1. Kanye West chats up Mr. Trump
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The Oval Office is arguably one of the most important rooms in the world, 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.

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2. Flintstone cosplay warrants arrest
2. Flintstone cosplay warrants arrest
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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.

Strange thing to do, but not completely unhinged. Perhaps it was part of a mid-life crisis?

3. U.S. Embassy cancels ‘Cat Pajama-jam’
3. U.S. Embassy cancels ‘Cat Pajama-jam’
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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.

Whether its for cats, dogs or human friends, here's how to get the party started and keep it moving.

4. Robot news anchor
4. Robot news anchor
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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.

Modelled on real Xinhua news anchor, Zhang Zhao, the robot news anchor went live in November.

He’s remarkably lifelike.

The virtual world is making fast inroads into the 'real' world. For instance, take a look at these 8 reasons video games are better for you than books.

5. Author of murder charged for murder
5. Author of murder charged for murder
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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.

Weird? Maybe, but at least the murder was solved quickly. Unlike these unsolved mysteries that are among the most chilling we've ever heard.

6. It’s a… oh boy!
6. It’s a… oh boy!
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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.
 

7. There’s a “New” Mexico?
7. There’s a “New” Mexico?
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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. 

Maybe it was a case of mistaken identity? These former identity thieves confess the tricks they use to scam you right under your nose.

8. Gay penguins hatch a chick
8. Gay penguins hatch a chick
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Same-sex relationships don’t just occur in the human world, but in the animal world as well; there are many documented cases of homosexuality in the animal kingdom, reports Yale Scientific.

Two male penguins at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium in Australia have not only bonded, but they hatched a fertilised egg and are now raising their baby chick as their own.

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9. Ross is cleared of theft
9. Ross is cleared of theft
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A beer thief in England who looks suspiciously like American actor David Schwimmer (who played Ross Geller on Friends) set the Internet ablaze this autumn.

The suspect resembles Schwimmer so strongly that Schwimmer himself tweeted about his alibi for that date, and the United Kingdom police force officially cleared him as a suspect.

Your own identity is a commodity online. Here are 8 facebook scams that try to usurp yours.

10. You got Banksy-ed

The most Banksy thing the street artist Banksy has ever done occurred at an auction in London in October.

After one of his signature pieces was purchased for $1.4 million, the painting shredded itself—Banksy had hidden a shredder in the painting’s frame.

Whatever the mysterious artist’s intentions were, the painting—which only shredded halfway—is now estimated to have doubled in value, reports the Evening Standard.

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11. Kim Kardashian hires private firefighters
11. Kim Kardashian hires private firefighters
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With the wildfires across California taking dozens of lives and hundreds of homes, celebrity Kim Kardashian and her husband Kanye West decided to hire private firefighters to defend their pricey abode.

Kardashian told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show why she made this move. Who knew that was even an option?

 

12. US Mega Millions winner doesn’t claim the jackpot
12. US Mega Millions winner doesn’t claim the jackpot
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Incredibly, the enormous $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot still hasn’t been claimed by its winner.

No one knows for sure who the winner is or why they aren’t coming forward, but it is worth noting that when a jackpot isn’t claimed, the funds return to their for use at the states’ discretion—education, roadworks, etc.

Is this an incredible act of good will?

13. Grand theft fajita
13. Grand theft fajita
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A Texas man faces 50 years in prison for buying and reselling up to $1.2 million-worth of fajitas.

To make matters worse, he didn’t even use his own money to buy the fajitas in the first place; the employee of a detention centre in San Benito stole county funds for his unique scheme.

14. Man sues to be young again
14. Man sues to be young again
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Most of us struggle to accept aging, but Emile Ratelband of the Netherlands has taken anti-aging efforts to a whole new level.

Ratelband took legal action to shave 20 years off his date-of-birth in an attempt to change his age from 69 years of age to 49.

His reasoning? He cites employment discrimination and reduced opportunity with the opposite sex.

15. U.S. life expectancy drops—again
15. U.S. life expectancy drops—again
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While medical treatments and health knowledge are continually improving, Americans are not living longer on average.

The Washington Post reports that for the third consecutive year, life expectancy in America declined, mainly due to the opioid epidemic and a rising suicide rate.

16. Woman marries ghost
16. Woman marries ghost
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There are documented cases of people falling in love with and even marrying objects.

This is called objectophilia or object sexuality.

That’s definitely unusual, but a British woman has taken matters in a different direction by marrying a ghost she claims she met in Australia.

The wedding will take place in England at the Wookey Caves resort. 

There’s no word yet on the airfare or customs requirements for international ghost travel.

Here are 5 more chilling ghost stories that will make you believe in the afterlife.

17. Koreas unite for Olympics
17. Koreas unite for Olympics
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North and South Korea have resented each other since the Korean War in the early 1950s.

They operate in completely different ways, politically, socially, and economically. In an astounding turn of events, however, the two countries decided to unite as one Korea for the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang. 

In recent news, the New York Times reports the two countries have also submitted a joint bid for the 2032 Olympics. What does this mean for the future of the two nations, and the world?

18. Payless gets people to pay more during social experiment
18. Payless gets people to pay more during social experiment
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There’s proof: We’ll pay a lot more for anything with a designer label.

The US discount shoe chain Payless took over an Armani store in Santa Monica, California, and put it’s $20-$40 shoes on sale for hundreds of dollars more under the label “Palessi.”

At an opening party, attendees spent more than $3,000 on the shoes before management revealed the experiment, reports AdWeek.

19. Steer reaches 1400kg
19. Steer reaches 1400kg
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Here’s one way for a steer to get a pardon: Grow too big for the slaughterhouse.

The Australian steer known as Knickers weighs nearly 1400kg and is over 180cm tall. 

This article first appeared on RD.com.



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