The news is frequently flat-out weird. Sometimes, reporting is cut-and-dry: “here’s what Politician X said today, here’s a new bill being proposed, a new restaurant is opening, now you are informed.” Sometimes, reporting is “whoa guys, get a load this weirdo shit over here.” It doesn’t help that we live in a toxic-combination era of the 24-hour news cycle, social media doomscrolling, and some of the stupidest people possible at the levers of power. That makes it easy to feel like everything is happening all the time. It’s overwhelming. It also means a lot of totally nutso things get snuck in under the radar, no matter the combination of creative and/or depressing.

Fortunately, this is a comedy website, where we can all collectively come together, marvel at the world’s insanity, and make jokes. Here are 12 recent stories that made us lean back in our desk chair, throw up our hands, and say “I don’t even know anymore.”

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