Year In Review: 25 Strangest News Stories of 2011

Posted by , Updated on March 29, 2014

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.
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Last Two Speakers of Dying Language Refuse To Talk

25guardian.co.uk

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.

24

Adult Baby vs Oklahoma Senator

24National 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.”

23

Breeding Turtles Shut Down JFK Airport

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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.”

22

Stoned Wallabies Create Crop Circles In Australia

22rollinghillswildlife.com

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.”

21

Woman Receives Cement Buttocks

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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.


20

Giant LEGO Man Washes Up On Florida Beach

20baynews9.com

An 8-foot tall, 100 pound lego man made of fiberglass was found washed upon Siesta Key beach in October with the words NO REAL THAN YOU ARE spelled out across his chest. On his back is an inscription with the name “Ego Leonard” which some have said is the name of a Dutch artist, but as of yet no one has claimed him.

19

Frozen Dead Guy Day Festival For Sale

19komononews.com

Every year in Nederland, Colorado something known as the Frozen Dead Guy Day festival occurs in remembrance of Bredo Morstoel who died in 1993, was frozen, and is now kept in a shed near the village. The festival, complete with coffin races and frozen salmon tossing is being sold due to budget constraints by the city.

18

Stowaway Crocodile Causes Plane Crash

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When a plane crashed in the Congo earlier this year, the sole survivor reported that the crash was caused by a crocodile someone smuggled aboard. It somehow freed itself and the passengers stampeded thus destabilizing the plane. According to the Guardian 19 people died and although the crocodile survived the impact he was killed by rescuers with a machete.

17

Wedding By Fire

17msnbc.com

A couple set to be married in Nova Scotia this last November had to evacuate the lodge where they were holding the wedding and change locations due to a fire, but not before snapping the most intense wedding photo of the year.

16

Duck Tape On Ducks

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In Boise, Idaho several passerby noticed a distressed mother duck near a storm drain where her ducklings were trapped. The good samaritans used duck tape on a stick to reach down and pull the ducklings to safety.

15

Town Celebrates 15 Minutes of Significance

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The biggest thing to ever happen in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas occurred in 1964 when the Beatles had a 15 minute layover at the local airport. 47 years later, a local artist commemorated the event with a statue. The unveiling also included a tribute concert and local townspeople sharing memories of the day.

14

The Most Intense Honeymoon Ever

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The Svanstrom’s of Sweden somehow managed to run into every natural disaster of 2011 while on their honeymoon. It started in December when they were stranded in Munich by the European Snowstorms. When they finally arrived in Australia they were met by a massive cyclone in Cairns after which left for Brisbane but ran directly into the flooding. Perth wasn’t any better with all of its brush fires so they decided to try New Zealand, just in time for the Christchurch earthquake. After trying several other spots they ended up in Japan right before the tsunami and yet another earthquake. They are now safely back in Sweden…and still married.

13

Portland Drains Reservoir Due To Urination

13eastpdxnews.com

After 21 year old Joshua Seater peed in a Mt. Tabor water reservoir officials in Portland had to drain 7.8 million gallons of water at the cost of $30,000. Now that’s an expensive bathroom break.

12

Man Robs Bank For 1 Dollar

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In June James Verone walked into a bank in Charlotte, North Carolina and handed the teller a note saying, “This is a bank robbery, please give me only 1 dollar.” He then walked over to the seating area and sat down to wait for police. According to James he didn’t have medical insurance and the only way he knew how to get care was in jail.

11

Australian Mom Tries To Sell Kids On eBay

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Although eBay does have a reputation for being used to sell some strange things, an Australian woman really took the cake when she tried to auction off her kids in early December. It almost worked too, as strangers came and placed bids on the children, both under 10 years old. Authorities, however, were alerted and the ad was promptly taken down. The woman claimed it was just a joke and no charges have been filed as of yet.

10

Ron Artest Changes Name To Metta World Peace

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Allegedly in an attempt to shrug of his image as a ruffian and brawler Ron Artest changed his given name to “Metta” (meaning kindness) and his surname to “World Peace”.

9

City Collects $4000 From Saggy Pants Fines

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If you have read our article on the 25 craziest laws ever then you are aware of the “saggy pants” ordinances that are becoming popular in some parts of the United States. As a result, in Albany, Georgia Law Enforcement did fairly well for itself over the course of the last year as it collected over $4,000 from people wearing clothing below their waist lines.

8

Mexican Street Vendor Has 82 Tattoos of Julia Roberts

8Reuters

Miljenko Parserisas Bukovic of Mexico has covered his body with over 82 tattoos of Julia Roberts since watching her portrayal of a legal assistant in the film Erin Brockovich. He says that he plans to continue as long as he has space and money.

7

Man Attacks Woman With Frozen Armadillo

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On Sept 29th, a Dallas man allegedly attacked a woman with a frozen armadillo after she tried to buy it from him. There was a disagreement over price and chaos ensued.

6

Peeping Tom Found Hiding In Tank of Portable Toilet

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According to authorities a woman attending a local summer yoga festival in Colorado found a man hiding in the tank of a portable toilet after lifting the lid. Security arrived on scene and waited for the man to emerge from the tank, covered in excrement. Before they could catch him though, he understandably managed to get a way.

5

Skeleton of Man Found In Chimney After 27 Years

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The skeleton of Joseph Schexnider was found by construction workers in the chimney of a Louisiana bank in May. He died 27 years prior after failing to appear at a court hearing in 1984.

4

Underwear Stealing Kangaroo Caught In Prague, Czech Republic

4guzer.com

Authorities in Prague, Czech Republic began to receive calls in August concerning a chain of lingerie thefts throughout the city. The case was blown wide open after someone caught a glimpse of the suspect hopping off with his loot. The mischievous marsupial was later caught after the owner came forward. Named Benji, the kangaroo had been reported to have escaped several days prior.

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Man Shoots Wart With Shotgun

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While most people would probably at least start with medication, Sean Murphy of South Yorkshire, England decided that his wart needed a little more firepower. Unfortunately he shot of most of his finger but in a statement to the press he seemed satisfied, “The best thing is that the wart has gone. It was giving me lot of trouble.”

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Woman Wakes Up At Funeral And Dies of Shock

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According to the Daily Mail, a Russian woman that was mistakenly declared to be dead woke up at her funeral only moments from being buried. When she saw the mourners and realized what was going on she started screaming hysterically and apparently suffered a massive heart attack. After being transported to a local hospital she was once again pronounced dead.

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Doctors Remove Blade From Man’s Brain

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Doctors in China managed to remove a four inch blade from the skull of a man who had been stabbed by a robber four years earlier. The man had been experienced headaches and difficulty breathing but never realized there was a blade stuck in his head.

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