AP100809129586Each year sees its share of bizarre stories, but it seemed like 2010 was overflowing with "you've got to be kidding me!" moments. Perhaps the proliferation of social media has made the quirky behavior of a few more accessible to the masses in warp speed -- but whatever the reason for the uptick in news of the weird, we're grateful for the fodder. Here are The Lookout's five oddest news events of 2010.
1. Paul the Octopus: The World Cup commands far and away the largest global following of any major sporting event. But no one could have predicted that an undersea creature would be among the most canny prognosticators of World Cup outcomes. Then again, perhaps it stands to reason that a sport so focused on leg agility should earn the close attention of an eight-legged animal.
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It was clear, in any event, that Paul was no ordinary octopus. He correctly predicted the outcome of every match played by Germany, in addition to the final between Spain and the Netherlands. Paul became such a juggernaut, in fact, that German fans actually revolted and threatened to eat him when he correctly picked Germany to fall to Spain in the semifinals. Unfortunately, like many celebrities, Paul died young in October at the age of 2 1/2. Some stars shine so brightly that they burn out way too soon.Read More »from The top 5 bizarre news events of 2010