The 35 most bizarre photos of 2016

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A man vaccums the ground at the Burning Man arts and music festival.
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Jim Urquhart/Reuters

While there have been plenty of newsworthy, powerful, and deeply moving photographs created this year – there’s also been a handful of playful, humorous moments that the Reuters award-winning team of photographers have captured.

While some of these photos are bizarre for their lack of context, others are just simply bizarre.

Take a light-hearted look back at the year 2016, below.

Captions by Reuters and Sarah Jacobs.


People watch a street performer in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

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Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Three-year-old Oliver Quiros competes dressed as an astronaut riding a space shuttle in the Haunted Heats Halloween Surf Contest in Santa Monica, California.

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Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

A man plays flaming bag pipes as opponents of fracking protest outside the offices of Ineos in Scotland, Britain.

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Russell Cheyne/Reuters

A banded mongoose plays with a Halloween pumpkin at a zoo in Chongqing, China.

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China Stringer Network/Reuters

Actors dressed as Yeti ride aboard a tour bus during a promotional event for Travel Channel’s “Expedition Unknown: Hunt for the Yeti” in Manhattan, New York City.

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It may look like they’re floating, but these bath ducks are on the red carpet for the movie “Piuma” at the 73rd Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy.

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Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Members of a school band wear Star Wars costumes as they walk through the center of La Paz, Bolivia.

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David Mercado/Reuters

A dog rides a wave during the Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach, California.

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Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

People attend the screening of the film “Jaws” at the Strasbourg public baths during the European Fantastic Film Festival, in Strasbourg, France.

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Vincent Kessler/Reuters

A rabbit looks at a customer at the first rabbit cafe in Hong Kong, China.

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Bobby Yip/Reuters

A man lies in tomato pulp during the annual Tomatina Festival in Bunol near Valencia, Spain.

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Heino Kalis/Reuters

Huybert Van De Stadt vacuums the Playa as approximately 70,000 people from all over the world gathered for the 30th annual Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.

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A competitor takes part in the 31st World Bog Snorkeling Championships, held annually at Llanwrtyd Wells in Wales, Britain.

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Rebecca Naden/Reuters

Dolls are seen on the balcony of artist and collector Etanis Gonzalez in Caracas, Venezuela.

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Carlos Jasso/Reuters

A remote-controlled plane in the form of a witch flies over a neighborhood as the sun sets during Halloween in Encinitas, California.

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Mike Blake/Reuters

A boy plays on an algae-covered beach in Qingdao, Shandong province, China.

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China Stringer Network/Reuters

Guram Ustiashvili pulls four cars with his teeth during an attempt to set a world record in Tbilisi, Georgia.

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David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

A child climbs onto a giant laptop keyboard during a promotion event at a shopping centre in Beijing, China.

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Thomas Peter/Reuters

Hippopotamuses perform during a show at the circus in Siberia, Russia.

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Ilya Naymushin/Reuters

A camel pulls the front body of a mini-truck in Ahmedabad, India.

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Amit Dave/Reuters

A Palestinian boy who is nicknamed ‘Spiderman’ and hopes to break the Guinness world records with his bizarre feats of contortion, demonstrates acrobatics skills in Gaza City.

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Mohammed Salem/Reuters

A cat with a “stegosaurus spine” design cut into its fur is seen next to a dog at a pet shop in Tainan, Taiwan.

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Tyrone Siu/Reuters

Employees of Germany’s biggest retailer Metro AG take a selfie as they kiss HI-4, a life-size humanoid robot in Duesseldorf, Germany.

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Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

A traffic policeman herds pigs that escaped from a truck that overturned on a highway in Jinhua, Zhejiang Province, China.

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China Stringer Network/Reuters

A snowboarder wearing a costume of a basketball player attempts to cross a pool of water at the foot of a ski slope at the Bobrovy Log ski resort on the suburbs of the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

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Ilya Naymushin/Reuters

Suad Keserovic cleans a stone ball near Zavidovici, Bosnia. Keserovic claimed that the stone sphere is 10.8 feet in diameter and the estimated weight is about 35 tons. Hundreds of tourists from around the world to visit this stone.

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Dado Ruvic/Reuters

A male chimpanzee screams after escaping from a nearby zoo northern Japan. Here, a man tries to capture him on the power lines in a residential area.

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Visitors pose in front of a three story upside-down family sized house at the Huashan Creative Park in Taipei, Taiwan.

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Tyrone Siu/Reuters

A man performs a stunt during a procession at Ajmer in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan.

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Himanshu Sharma/Reuters

A bride and groom fly while attached to cables during a wedding ceremony ahead of Valentine’s Day at a resort in Ratchaburi province, Thailand.

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Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly corrals the supply of fresh fruit that arrived on the Kounotori 5 H-II Transfer Vehicle.

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A man looks into a sinkhole which appeared in his fish pond in Guiping, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

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China Stringer Network/Reuters

A monkey catches knives as it balances on a board during a daily training session at a monkey farm in the Baowan village of China.

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Jason Lee/Reuters

People take part in the “No Pants Subway Ride” in Vienna, Austria.

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Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

A car tows a snowboarder along the frozen surface of the Yenisei River in Taiga district, with the air temperature at about minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit, outside Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia.

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