Year In Review: 25 Strangest News Stories of 2011

Posted by on January 3, 2012

As we continue our Year In Review series of lists that we started with memorable quotes and powerful photos, we are going to take a step off deep end and look at some of the weirder things that happened over the course of the year. Whether its an underwear stealing kangaroo or a woman dying at her own funeral, the last 365 days have certainly managed to leave us scratching our heads as we bring you the 25 strangest news stories of 2011.


Last Two Speakers of Dying Language Refuse To Talk

An April report done by the Guardian documented how the last two surviving speakers of the ancient Mexican language of Ayapaneco didn’t get along and thus refused to talk to one another. Scientists are racing to document the language before it is too late.


Adult Baby vs Oklahoma Senator

National Geographic

Stanley Thornton Jr. has a condition known as paraphilic infantalism. According to Good Morning America, dressing up as and acting like a small child helps him cope with sexual abuse he experienced when he was younger. After National Geographic featured him on their show Taboo, it was revealed that he lived off of disability checks in spite of being fully functional as an adult. This led Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to demand a fraud investigation. After Stanley was cleared of any wrongdoing the Senator released a statement, “We need to hold accountable not only adult babies but the politicians and bureaucrats who coddle them.”


Breeding Turtles Shut Down JFK Airport

Several times during the year JFK airport was shutdown due to turtles crossing the runways in order to reach their breeding grounds. According to a Jet Blue rep “running over turtles is not healthy for them, nor is it good for our tires.”


Stoned Wallabies Create Crop Circles In Australia

Australia supplies roughly one-half of the world’s legal opium that is used for medicine and other purposes. Lara Giddings, the attorney general of Tasmania, explained to parliament in a hearing earlier this year that there is a problem with wallabies “entering those poppy fields, getting as high as a kite and going around in circles, until they crash.”


Woman Receives Cement Buttocks

A Miami woman seeking a job in a local nightclub felt as though she needed a curvier body so she set out to find a cheap plastic surgeon. Evidently though, you get what you pay for, as the “plastic surgeon” she found ended up filling her buttocks with cement, mineral oil, and flat-tire sealant. The fraudulent doctor has since been arrested and identified as 30 year old Oneal Ron Morris.