Weird news of 2016


Nintendo had a big year, launching its Pokémon Go app that got kids and adults taking more walks. Distracted driving and walking was one hazard of trying to catch 'em all, but the buzz hasn't died down yet.


Nintendo also released a mini console called the NES Classic Edition, which quickly sold out. The retro gaming system comes loaded with 30 classic games. Talk about an '80s throwback.

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August marked the anniversary of a 10-year mystery. Who took the ruby slippers? The famous footwear worn by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" has still not turned up, and an anonymous donor is offering $1 million for their return. The shoes were trending online, but they're still not in their place at home.

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Bottle flipping became a weird internet trend that took off in 2016. The competitive event is literally people flipping plastic water bottles with liquid and seeing if they land upright on a table or surface.


You probably saw a lot of pushups this year on your social media feeds. The #22pushups challenge got popular as celebrities joined in on the action. The challenge was designed to raise awareness on veteran suicide with a goal of getting 22 million pushups.

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Another internet craze has been the mannequin challenge. It was inspired by "Black Beatles" by Rae Sremmurd. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her team got in on the fun, posting their own video before the election.

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A big event for 2016 was the Rio Olympics. The games had some bad press before it even started with Zika warnings, body parts washing ashore on the beaches and a bike bridge collapsing. Once the games started though, the world was puzzled by a neon green diving well. Rio officials said it was safe, but it took some time to clear up.

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Michael Phelps dazzled at the Rio Games, becoming the most decorated Olympian of all time. What trended though, was his pre-game ritual disrupted by competitor Chad le Clos who tried to dance in front of him. Phelps' angry face reaction became a meme known as the "Phelps face," and he ended up winning.

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We can't mention Michael Phelps without talking about his son, Boomer, who traveled to his first Olympics. Boomer also sported the "Phelps face."

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Candance Payne became known as "Chewbacca Mom" after trying on a mask in a Facebook Live video and erupting into laughter. She received more than $420,000 in gifts, which included college tuition for her children and trips. The "Star Wars" masks sold out quickly at Kohl's.

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Another hot toy this season - Hatchimals. The most-wanted toy of the season starts as an egg, then hatches into a fuzzy interactive creature.

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Weirdest YouTube video of the year might go to this man who created a video singing about a PPAP, pen-pineapple-apple-pen. The catchy tune has more than 18 million views.

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CoverGirl made waves this year by signing its first Cover Boy. James Charles, a 17-year-old social media makeup guru, made history joining the lineup of celebrities endorsing the cosmetic line.

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And last but not least, how can we forget Ken Bone? The undecided voter stole the hearts of Americans at the presidential town hall. It was later revealed that he had posted some controversial comments online, but he inspired his own sexy Halloween costume.