The recent past has been, to put it mildly, pretty wild. Although you may mull over your many memories, we thought we'd take a walk down memory lane and focus on everything that has made headlines in the previous year, even though they've left most of us squirming and feeling uneasy. So, as you're getting ready for whatever the universe has in store for us, let’s take a moment to look back at all of the strange and weird stories from previous years.

Furthermore, although anything from new regulations as well as climate variability to social gaffes and entertainment news cause controversy, a slew of other bizarre incidents from around the world might easily slip between the cracks, from bizarre murders to incredible creatures to peculiar science.

Now they've outlawed grass? Just because it's a purely aesthetic status symbol that's also bad for the environment? What’s next, fining us for having giant decorative smoke stacks?

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