An exploding wedding dress. A placenta whodunit. Deafening farts that got a security guard fired.
Absurd, laughable and eyebrow-raising news stories were everywhere in 2018. Florida alone provided enough zaniness to amuse the entire country.
But with so many oddities to read about (or scoff or laugh about), some stories were forgotten or overshadowed. So before embarking on another year that promises to be equally weird, here’s a roundup of some of the most deliciously bizarre stories from the last 12 months.
These stories were written by McClatchy reporters across the United States.
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Family and friends advised a Texas woman to donate her wedding dress when her marriage ended. Instead, she rigged it with explosives and shot at it, unleashing an explosive end-of-marriage blaze: “It was liberating pulling that trigger. It was closure for all of us.”
A Minnesota man scouring a forest for wild mushrooms stumbled upon an “amazing and extremely rare” two-headed fawn, which had been stillborn. Researchers did a battery of tests on the deer to better understand the rare deformity.
“Not your typical graduation picture,” a Texas A&M student wrote on Facebook as she posted photos celebrating the end of college. That might be the understatement of 2018: She’s standing in knee-deep water next to a 1,000-pound alligator named Big Tex.
A Canadian woman left her bloody placenta (as well as forceps and a medical wrap) lying on the ground in a park so it could become part of nature. But a dog discovered the mysterious afterbirth, triggering chaos and a search because police worried someone was in medical distress.
“I was honestly really moved,” the woman reportedly said. “I’ve never had so many people worried about me. Combing forests for me. I was actually brought to tears.”
A Florida hospital’s security guard made a name for himself and amassed a huge following on Instagram by posting videos of himself releasing thunderous farts at work. Then his employer found the clips.
Maine legalized recreational weed earlier this year, and one restaurant is taking advantage of it in a surprising way: It’s getting lobsters stoned before they’re cooked alive.
After a Canadian woman was strangled and left dead near a Saskatoon landfill, investigators were unsure who killed her. But a selfie her best friend posted of the two on Facebook unraveled the mystery.
How many plumbers does it take to fix an airplane toilet? Despite having 85 plumbers on board, a Norwegian flight bound for Germany had to turn around because of a busted and unfixable toilet.
Tropical storm Michael tore down power lines and brought punishing winds to South Carolina in October. For one family, it brought something weirder: an infestation of swarming crawfish, which threatened to take over their garage.
Police said it started when a 72-year-old budged in front of a 70-year-old in a line for cheese samples at a Costco in Greenville, South Carolina. But it was at the line for complimentary cheeseburgers that the younger man dared the line-cutter to do it again — and then got hit by the line-cutter, according to police.
This North Carolina man said he didn’t believe in UFOs until he was driving and spotted something in the sky that he said “scared me to death.” He took pictures of it, then pulled over and tried to record video, but the UFO disappeared, he said.
Everyone has coping mechanisms for cold weather. But true to form, alligators’ cold weather rituals might be the creepiest of all, as video from a frozen North Carolina swamp shows.