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These are some of the quirkiest stories of 2017

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This year has been an odd and eventful one to say the least, but beyond the bizarre breaking news, there were a slew of downright strange and peculiar stories around the globe in 2017. They may not have defined the last 365 days, but they sure were funny.

PIGCASSO THE PAINTING PIG IN FRANSCHOEK, SOUTH AFRICA

Once destined for the meat market, this artistic swine now sells his abstract art to buyers around the world.

Pigcasso the Painting Pig


STANDING BABIES IN REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

This swimming instructor has a remarkable ability to unlock infants' abilities to balance and stand.... on his hand.

Usually infants can stand at around nine to 16 months old, but Snorri Magnusson helps babies reach this milestone when they are as young as three and a half months old.

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Standing Baby


A NEW DINO DISCOVERY IN GRENOBLE, FRANCE

Halszkaraptor escuilliei, also known as Halszka or "duck dinosaur," is the newest find by paleontologists.

It's got a beak like a duck, crocodile-like teeth, a swan-like neck, penguin-style wings, and claws like a velociraptor.

New Dinosaur Discovery
Dr. Pascal Godefroit looks at a fossil of Halszkaraptor escuilliei, a newly discovered species of dinosaur.


ICE INSTRUMENTS ON OLKHON ISLAND, EASTERN SIBERIA

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Lake Baikal served as both a stage and an instrument for this percussion group, which used slabs of ice as instruments.

Pretty soon spectators were joining in the fun.

Ice Music


LARGEST GATHERING OF MERMAIDS EVER IN BEXHILL-ON-SEA, UK

A new world record was set when 325 mermaids and mermen sunned themselves in an English coastal town.

Learn more here.

Mermaid Guinness World Record

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DANCING PALLBEARERS IN PRAMPRAM, GHANA

These pallbearers dance and help funeral attendees grieve death by celebrating life.

Dancing Pallbearers


TARTAN BEARDS IN GLASGOW, SCOTLAND

These men in Glasgow gave their facial hair a traditional twist with tartan colors.

Tartan Beard


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MAGICAL MANICURES IN LONDON, UK

This isn't your average nail art.

At the Nailympics, nail sculptors create elaborate, themed designs on wearers' nails.

Nail Art


LAZINESS CONTEST IN TAIPEI CITY, TAIWAN

This isn't a contest over brains or brawn.

In the "Space Out" competition, the trophy goes to the person who is best at relaxing, zoning out and doing nothing.

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Lazy Contest


DOGS IN COSTUMES IN WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA

Because who doesn't love puppy pics?

Puppy Costume


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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