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# welcome to bizarro world
12 really strange things that happened in 2014
“Where people throw ducks at balloons, and nothing is the way it seems.”

IF YOU FEEL like the world becomes a stranger, less predictable place every year – it’s not just you.

Here’s the proof:

21 January:

An American couple come up with a way to “hold on to the memories” of your pregnancy, by turning ultrasound photos into (fairly creepy) 3D sculptures of your unborn baby.


24 February:

You might want to put down that can of Diet Coke after reading this cautionary tale about an English woman who started to hallucinate after drinking 10 litres of it a day for 30 years.

25 April:

Not funny: Around 25 dead cats are found hanging from trees in plastic bags in New York. Nobody knows who did it, but everyone is horrified.

31 May:

Man buys a rusty old air-conditioning unit from his mate for €7 – finds Jesus.

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16 June:

Hundreds of millions of people throughout the world are watching Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar et al fight it out in Brazil, but all anyone in Ireland can focus on is THOSE billboards for Northern Ireland chicken company Moy Park.

24 June:

Dunnes Stores (and Dinnes Stores) bags have been popping up all over Russia, of all places. We tried to solve the mystery.

29 July:

Spiderman, on South Anne Street, getting in a fight, next to the Gotham Cafe. So many facts, but so many questions.

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13 August:

The 12 proud citizens of Cormorant, Minnesota elected a new mayor in 2014 – seven-year-old Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Duke.

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7 October:

What was it about parks in New York this year? In October, a baby bear was found dead in Central Park, with reports saying it had suffered stab and slash wounds. Nobody knows where it came from, or how it ended up there.

19 October:

This year I learned…the first sex happened in Scotland and looked like square-dancing.

17 November:

We’ve all been there. A computer science student in California is stressed out of his mind about exams, and after a heavy session, heads to the local barn for a spot of cow-punching.

This perfectly reasonable stress-relief strategy takes a seriously rotten twist

10 December:

A Genuinely Nice Thing turns into a total nightmare as a Scottish theatre sends copies of a certain 18+ DVD to 100 families, instead of their kids’ school play.

Check out all our other Reviews of 2014>

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