Weird Stories of 2011

So I was searching topics for this blog post and found the weirdest stories out of 2011 on careerbuilder.com. I just had to share as we are fast approaching 2012 and we need a laugh today. As Mrs. A mentioned yesterday, there are many of us who are suffering a lil' Christmas hangover from all the sugar, carbs and family.

As the year draws to a close, it's not the promise of a new year that brings us the most joy. No, it's the chance to reflect on the past year's most memorable, "weirdest" stories of other's folly that gives us the most delight. I found some tales that range from ingenious to inspiring to just plain weird, but they all left their own special mark on pop culture.

So without further ado, here is the careerbuilder.com roundup of the weirdest and most notable "work" stories of 2011.

1. His "winning" remarks caused him to lose his job

from avitable.com

Over the past several years, actor Charlie Sheen has made headlines for his destructive behavior, short-lived marriages and alleged substance abuse. Yet despite the steady drum of rumors and allegations, he continued to show up and dutifully film his TV show, "Two and a Half Men." That is until he had his meltdown. While the seedlings of chaos began to sprout at the end of 2010, things took a turn for the worse in early January, when he was rushed to the hospital for "stomach pains." From there, Sheen became the center of media attention, making news for his bizarre behavior, crazy rants and admittedly addictive catch phrases. There was constant speculation over whether the show would drop him, and he was eventually fired after blasting the show's creator. While Sheen has since cleaned up his act, those few months of insanity are ones we won't soon forget. [Source: People]

2. The homeless man with that "golden voice"


What started as a videotaped interview of a homeless man by Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch videographer Doral Chenoweth soon turned into a widespread Internet sensation. The man in the video, Ted Williams, had a voice any radio or TV announcer would kill for. In fact, earlier in his life, before falling on hard times, he'd attended school for voice acting and did some work in radio. After the video went viral, Williams began receiving job offers and even appeared on NBC's "Today." Yet the sudden media attention was too much for him to bear, and he reverted to drinking and other destructive behavior. While the hoopla has since died down, the homeless man with the silky smooth voice won't soon be forgotten. [Source: The Columbus Dispatch]

3. Oops i(Phone) did it again


In 2010 the iPhone 4 prototype went missing after its owner left it at a bar. Clearly no lessons were learned from that gaffe, because another Apple employee made the same mistake with the iPhone 5 prototype, losing it at a Mexican restaurant. And at least the iPhone 4 was sold for the worthy amount of $5,000. Allegedly the iPhone 5 archetype raked in a measly $200 on Craigslist. Hopefully the next iPhone iteration will be kept under lock and key. [Source: CNET]

What weird stories do you think should make the list for 2011? Here's to hoping 2012 brings even more crazy, weird tales. I have a feeling we won't be disappointed.

xoxo ~
Mrs. Montgomery
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