Sometimes the news isn't about politics or global security, but about the strange and surreal goings-on of a man refusing millions of dollars, ghosts allegedly engaging in intercourse and a digital pop star. These are the top 10 odd news stories of 2011, as ranked by their popularity on UPI.com.
From Fukushima to Joplin, the world saw its fair share of natural disasters in 2011, with some, like the East Coast earthquake, owing their scope to surprise and social media and others, like the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Japan, astounding the world by their sheer ferocity.
Eleven months after the fall of Hosni Mubarak 45 million Egyptians are voting in the first round of six for it's upper and lower houses of parliament. The complicated process will take four months to conclude. Presidential elections are expected to be held in 2012.
"Hugo" stars Asa Butterfield and Chloe Moretz in the story of an orphan living in a train station who must unravel a mystery involving wind-up toys. Sacha Baron Cohen provides the comedic relief as a bumbling railroad inspector.
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