When we reflect on 2021, we’ll probably realize the most important story of the year was Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson refusing to return to The Fast and the Furious franchise owing to personality conflicts with Vin Diesel. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic comes in a close second.
But not every headline needs to reflect the state of the world in such profound ways. Some are just glimpses into little micro dramas full of extremely peculiar people, animals, and situations. Check out the stories that stood out in a very strange year:
A bold move that might just pay off.
A heartwarming tale of a crow named Cosmo who made f-cking friends with some kids before school officials f-cking ruined it for everyone.
When you need a reminder nature is not only scary but quite possibly evil.
Every idea presented in that headline is factually correct.
Science may be consumed by a pandemic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find time to toss organs over the side of a building.
Surely the premise of a future children’s book.
The libidinous cacophony of these long-dormant insects is not the business of law enforcement.
In which you keep reading expecting for the next paragraph to take a very sad turn.
A civil forfeiture case via Zoom turned into surrealist performance art when an attorney couldn’t turn off a cat filter.
The speculative collector’s market reaches new highs—or lows—with a frenzy over cookies.
A traffic stop results in the discovery of narcotics tied around a man’s genitals, but he insisted they didn’t belong to him.
Because Florida Man can’t grab all the spotlight.
We're still waiting for the DeepFake on YouTube.
The turtle screamed “Cowabunga” before the airbags deployed.
Here's to better luck in 2022.