It seems to be traditional to write something to round off and/or summarise the departing year. And who am I to buck the trend? So here is my pick of wcky headlines seen during 2012.
Plane hit by bus shelter during storm
BBC, 4 January
Amish men jailed over reflective triangle dispute
Telegraph, 12 January
Got PMS? Time to Spot the Snake!
Neurotic Physiology blog, 9 May
One's heard of trouser snakes, but ...
Window of John Fowles says landmark home has become a dump (sic)
Telegraph; 23 March
Microsoft invests in Nook e-books
BBC, 30 April
Wet weather hampers All England squid catching championships
Telegraph, 2 May
Cherie Blair herds goats across London Bridge
Telegraph, 24 June
Forgotten Constables up for sale
BBC, 18 June
I knew the country was hard up, but selling off stray policemen?
Bad weather leads to broccoli crisis
Telegraph, 28 June
Now admit it, you never imagined that a lack of broccoli would constitute a crisis.
Stonehenge upgrade to begin
Telegraph, 6 July
Only 5000 years to get the planning permission!
Parrot in trouble for shouting out taxi bookings
Telegraph, 12 July
TfL denies driverless Tube rain trial on London Underground (sic)
BBC, 18 July
Starlings in danger after numbers plummet 80p per cent (sic)
Telegraph, 20 July
Part of Whitehall shut due to naked man on statue
BBC, 23 November
They've since changed that headline.