2020 has been a uniquely deranged time to be alive. From glory holes and monoliths to UFOs and the Loch Ness Monster, not to mention a pandemic that half the population of the US doesn’t believe in, here’s a look at some of the strangest news stories of the year.
Night of the Living Dead director George A. Romero once said “a zombie film is not fun without a bunch of stupid people running around and observing how they fail to handle the situation.”
This year showed us something about humanity that we didn’t expect: In the event of a zombie apocalypse, people will fight for their right to be eaten by zombies.
2020 has been…a lot.
We stayed home a lot. We played Animal Crossing a lot. We baked bread. We hoarded toilet paper. We collectively agreed Joe Exotic was right, Carol Baskin probably did murder her husband and feed him to her tigers.
We learned liquor stores are essential businesses.
We attended drive-through haunted houses and strip clubs. We burned 5G towers. We started 10,000-acre forest fires with gender reveal parties. We took virtual museum tours, strolled down Google Street View. We livestreamed weddings and funerals. Cardboard cutouts, inflatable sex dolls and even plants took our places in stadiums. Soap opera actors made out with mannequins.
We fretted over demon sperm and microchips in our vaccines.
And we discovered the health benefits of injecting disinfectant, which is that you shouldn’t, if the 121% increase in accidental poisonings from household disinfectants following a certain presidential press conference is any indication.
Old movies were back on the big screen and classic songs made it back on the charts.
Each successive day seemed like one step closer to the end of the world as we know it.
The idea was even suggested that the end we were expecting in 2012, as predicted by the Mayan calendar, was actually happening this year instead, according to the julian calendar.
Whether it’s the end of the world or the end of 2020, we’ve been ready for both since March.
Even Christmas was scarred by 2020. First, an angry little owl got his home chopped down for the annual Rockefeller Christmas tree. Then, Santa had to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Finally, a lizard people enthusiast blew himself up in an RV explosion that rocked Nashville on Christmas morning.
We were so exhausted by it all that the appearance of a gingerbread monolith in San Francisco on Christmas morning, inspired by the mysterious Utah monolith and subsequent wave of copycat sculptures, was just downright annoying.
enough with the fucking monoliths
— David Farrier (@davidfarrier) December 26, 2020
While the most secure “fraudulent” election the US has ever had – along with the arrival of vaccines that will turn us into crocodiles, as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has cautioned – has given us hope for a better 2021, let’s take a look at the lingering WTF this year has left us with.
Here are some of the strangest news stories of the year, curated to highlight the utter confoundedness of 2020:
Pentagon admits UFOs are real…and no one cares
While the Space Force – intellectual property violations and all – is slowly coming to fight enemy satellites or whatever, real extraterrestrial oddities have been afoot.
The US government officially released three videos previously released to the public in 2017 and 2018 by a collective co-founded by Blink-182 singer Tom DeLonge. The videos show Navy pilots engaging with seemingly unearthly aircraft, or “unidentified aerial phenomena,” as the Pentagon calls them.
A few months later, the Department of Defense announced the formation of a task force whose goal is to gain insight into the nature and origin of UAPs.
But no one seems particularly excited by the news, and the general consensus remains that aliens are best left to the people in tinfoil hats.
Glory Holes for Safe Pandemic Sex
“You are your safest sex partner,” the B.C. Centre for Disease Control wrote in a statement on their website.
If all that alone time starts to get old, they recommend a few precautions when engaging in pandemic coitus such as wearing a mask, avoiding saliva exchange, choosing positions that limit face-to-face-contact, and “use barriers, like walls (e.g., glory holes), that allow for sexual contact but prevent close face-to-face contact.”
Who knew a pandemic would be so kink-friendly?
More weird 2020 love:
- Man to have threesome with ghosts for Valentines Day
- Attraction to chandeliers is not a sexual orientation
- Socially distanced orgies
- Spike in sex doll sales
- Pastor blesses the world through her OnlyFans
- Pastor turns church into strip club to be deemed essential
- Pope’s Instagram account mysteriously likes bikini model’s photo
- Deaf man sues Pornhub to get closed captions
- Woman accidentally stumbles upon a Satanic sex cult at vegan cafe
- Priest soils church altar with demonic threesome
- Police break up “cult gathering” around a 4-foot vagina
Nature is Healing: Loch Ness Monster Makes a Comeback
With humans in lockdown, wildlife returns to normal in Scotland
In 2019, a tourist in Scotland snapped a photo of the Loch Ness with a curious photobomber that he didn’t notice until coronavirus lockdown gave him time to look through his vacation photos.
Some think the fishy lump in the water could be the legendary Nessie. Others think it’s just a big catfish.
Whatever the case, something appearing to be Nessie was seen 13 times this year.
More weird fauna of 2020:
- Bigfoot evidence in Utah?
- Therapy goat reunited with depressed cow
- Exploding Whale Memorial Park opens
- Campaign to replace confederate statues with Mothman
- Man builds saloon for squirrels
- Neighborhood terrorized by feral chickens during lockdown
- Bored ravens are straying from the Tower of London
- Birthday party for sad fish who ate all his friends
- Parrots removed from wildlife park for swearing at visitors
- Don’t let moose lick cars
- Pigeons wearing MAGA hats and Trump wigs
- 700-pound squid washes ashore
- Florida plans to release genetically modified mosquitos
- Unrelated: Livestock killed by clouds of mosquitos
- Faeries don’t mind lockdown
- Escaped mutant crayfish clones take over cemetery
- First known animal that doesn’t breathe
- Painting eyes on cow butts helps ward off predators
- Curly the Kraken
- Zombie mink rising from the grave
- 1 million cannibal ants escape nuclear bunker
In Memoriam: Dr. Evermor, creator of the Forevertron
Artist Tom Every, better known as Dr. Evermor, passed away at the age of 81. Every was the creator of the Forevertron and the surrounding scrap metal sculpture park near Baraboo, Wisconsin. Before that, he worked for Alex Jordan collecting and building the eclectic, often phantasmagoric House on the Rock, including the “World’s Largest Carousel” and the Organ Room.
Watch Scrap in full right here.
Every received the Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 and a Friend of Preservation award from the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation in 2016.
In 2015, work began on a family drama television series called Evermor, about orphaned twins who go to live with their aunt, Dr. Katherine Evermor, and discover the secrets of the Forevertron.
Hopefully we’ll get to see that show some day.
Though unable to continue building his sculptures, Every spent his final days drawing and designing.
Those we lost in 2020:
- Forensic artist Betty Pat Gatliff
- Mr. Peanut, in one of the dumbest marketing campaigns ever
- Flat earther “Mad” Mike Hughes, in a steam-powered rocket accident
- Irene Triplett, the last person still receiving a civil war pension
- Holly Blair, Idaho witch who “exploded into glitter and bats”
- “Into the Wild” bus removed after years of hiker deaths
- Centralia’s Graffiti Highway buried
New Nazca Line: Cat Found Etched in the Desert
The desert of southern Peru is marked by massive drawings etched into the earth known as the Nazca Lines. They were created sometime between 400 BC and 1000 AD by a pre-Inca culture. They’re meaning and purpose remains unknown, but it is most definitely only one of two possibilities: To mark underground water sources, or to serve as navigation markers for ancient alien visitors.
These massive geoglyphs include a hummingbird, a spider, something that looks like an astronaut, and now…a cat.
“The figure was scarcely visible and was about to disappear because it’s situated on quite a steep slope that’s prone to the effects of natural erosion,” Peru’s culture ministry said.
The feline is among 80-100 new figures that have emerged in recent years, and belong to an earlier tradition that predates Nazca culture.
More 2020 archaeological oddities:
- Voice of mummified Egyptian priest heard for the first time in 3,000 years
- Civil War jug may be rare “witch bottle”
- Documents reveal truth about Charles Dicken’s death and burial
- 7,300-year-old Neolithic massacre in the mountains of Spain
- Vikings were fueled by hallucinogenic tea
- Medieval wall of human bones in Belgium
- Ice age structure made from the bones of 50 mammoths
- Dead sea scroll forgeries in the Museum of the Bible
- Truck rolls into Easter Island head
- Oldest human DNA found in cannibal tooth
- Skeletons of children with coins in their mouths
- Creepiest object curator battle
- Best museum bum curator battle
- Sistine Chapel of the ancients discovered in the Amazon
- Skulls of men, women and children revealed in Aztek skull tower
- Heart of Belgian mayor found in fountain
Throw Out God’s Wonderful Breathing System
At a hearing to mandate mask-wearing requirements in public places, Palm Beach County, Florida residents accused county commissioners of being “communist dictators” trying to “throw God’s wonderful breathing system out the door” with their “Devil’s laws.”
“This is insane,” one woman said. “And then you want to open the meeting with a prayer to God. Are you praying to the devil? Because God is not listening to that prayer. Because all of you are practicing the devil’s love.”
“This is a planned-demic,” another said. “This is totally political and you know it and I’m asking you to cease-and-desist from the political agendas that you’re being ‘propaganded’ to stand with and try to hold us hostage as American citizens.”
How dare they try to break God’s “rules of breathing” with their devil masks.
More weird medical news from 2020:
- Mosquito bite leaves man with eggshell testicle
- Woman plays violin during brain surgery
- Woman prepares olives during brain surgery
- Jars of human tongues found in Florida home
- First ever case of someone who urinates alcohol
- The pandemic is giving people weird dreams
- Monkeys steal COVID samples
- Organ transplants down as people stay home
- Hospital beds that convert to coffins
- First prescription video game approved by FDA
- Worm found in the tonsil of woman with a sore throat
- Dead woman discovered alive shortly before embalming
- Brain washed up on Wisconsin beach
- Yodeling concert turns into superspreader event
Russia Claims Venus
Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Russian space corporation Roscosmos, announced that the country plans to continue its research of Venus in a statement that seems to imply the planet belongs to Russia.
“Resuming Venus exploration is on our agenda,” he said. “We think that Venus is a Russian planet, so we shouldn’t lag behind.”
Backwoods Cannibal Castration
Following directions from a website run by the “EunuchMaker,” a 28-year-old man traveled from Virginia for a free gender reassignment surgery in a cabin in Oklahoma.
Two men, Bob Lee Allen and Thomas Evans Gates, were arrested after the victim went to the hospital for excessive bleeding.
“The victim ‘stated that after the surgery was over that Allen said that he was going to consume the parts and laughed and said that he was a cannibal,'” The Oklahoman reported.
“The victim also said that Allen then talked about ‘the time he worked on someone that he described to be crazy and that he left the male opened up to die overnight.’ The victim further stated that Allen ‘had six more clients on the way to have the same operation’ and that Allen ‘informed him that he had a freezer with body parts and showed him pictures on his phone.’
More weird true crime stories from 2020:
- Man arrested for eating Kevin Bacon
- Maine town fears cult takeover
- Bloody Benders homestead for sale in Kansas
- Fears of penis snatching grip Congo city
- Mysterious coronavirus cult in South Korea
- Man in high speed chase was teaching his dog to drive
- Prisoners get alcohol-free hand sanitizer so they can’t make moonshine
- Scammers sell COVID blood on internet
- Engineer derails train to stop suspicious navy hospital ship
- Man sentenced to death over Zoom
- Robodogs enforce social distancing in Singapore
- New Ford Bronco debut rescheduled from OJ Simpson’s birthday
- Spanish penis candle mogul accused of death by ritualistic toad venom
- Thailand bogeyman Si Quey gets proper funeral
- Joseph Oberhansley ate his ex-girlfriend
- Man steals toes from Body Worlds exhibit
- Romanian billionaire poisoned by call girl at sex club with virgin ponies
- Arkansas farmer disguised as himself as a woman to deface grave
- Instagram catwoman model arrested for masked burglaries
- Indonesians dig graves for COVID victims for not wearing masks
- Woman cuts off mother’s head with scissors, kisses it
- Man trying to resurrect grandmother causes $30k damage in cemetery
- West Virginia woman killed her boyfriend to marry her dad
- Yakuza banned from giving out Halloween candy
- “Balloon boy” parents pardoned
- Aspiring influencer rips mom’s heart out, disembowels her
More noteworthy weird news from 2020:
- Forest Fenn’s treasure was finally found
- Explosion kills man 2 miles away
- Court refuses to free the nipple
- Australia’s giant potato goes up for sale
- Moms want to ban Disney show Owl House
- Salami is larger than the Statue of Liberty
- Pope says give up trolling for lent
- Town of Asbestos is ready to change its name
- In the absence of toilet paper, bidet sales soar
- Don’t call 911 just because you run out of toilet paper
- Toilet paper and hand sanitizer in London claw machine
- Kissing of the blarney stone banned
- Woman shocked to learn she watered a fake plant for two years
- Scientology sucks
- Wine flows from faucets in Italy
- Man isolates in haunted town
- Redditors using astral projection to escape quarantine
- North Korean regime admits Kim Jong Un cannot bend time and space
- Army denies pastafarian’s request to grow beard
- Disposable urinals help avoid public restrooms
- Petition to replace Robert E Lee statues with Gwar’s Oderous Urungus
- Post-pandemic swastika desk
- Bar owner installs electric fence for social distancing
- Sacred ancient solstice tree destroyed
- Reopened theme parks ban screaming
- Mysterious safe appears in field, land owner doesn’t want to open it and ruin the mystery
- 300-year-old headstone found embedded in tree
- Background performers worried they’ll be replaced by mannequins
- 30-year-old corpse discovered in mansion cellar
- Last Blockbuster store becomes nostalgic Airbnb
- 7 dead after drinking hand sanitizer at a party
- Whale tail saves train
- Santa caught in power lines
- World record for tallest sardine can Christmas tree
There is so much to love about 2020. What’s your favorite thing that happened this year? Let me know in the comments below.