Ten tales of absurdity from 2014

Right, we're almost there folks: a new year beckons. May your 2015s be filled with adventure, silliness and luck - the good kind.

Before we go, we thought we'd cast an eye over our contributions to the global news machine in the last year to see which articles were the most read among your good selves. In doing so we were reminded of some truly bizarre things that happened in various locations on our little space rock in 2014.

As always, we faithfully - sometimes gleefully - reported on as much as we possibly could, from the discovery of a world map showing the biggest and smallest willies across the globe to the fiance who faked his own death to avoid his impending marriage.

Without further ado, we present to you the ten most read gapyear.com news stories of the year!

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Osama bin Laden's heavy metal bar

If you aren’t easily offended, and enjoy the sounds of Ozzy Osbourne and Iron Maiden, perhaps you can tick off “pint with a terrorist leader” from your bucket list, at Anhangabau’s unique and bizarre, Bar do Bin Laden.

Date: April 28

Views: 3,527

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Xbox controller extracts players' blood

Don’t you hate it when you’re playing an video game and it’s just not realistic enough? Well, now players can actually lose blood whenever they’re shot, thanks to this new Xbox controller.

Date: November 24

Views: 4,043

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Sandstorm reveals unseen Nazca Lines

High winds and sand storms in Peru have uncovered previously unseen ancient Nazca lines within the Nazca plains. The new lines, known as geoglyphs, were spotted by pilot Eduardo Herran and researcher Gomez De La Torre whilst flying over the Peruvian desert last week.

Date: August 4

Views: 4,951

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Suicidal man saves drowning man

The suicidal man was threatening to jump off London Bridge into the River Thames late last Wednesday night. However, when a lifeboat was called to the scene in anticipation, the crew discovered a different man in serious trouble in the water.

Date: March 18

Views: 6,536

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Airline leaves dog on runway in the rain

United Airlines has earned the ire of animal lovers the world over after a picture was tweeted of a dog stranded on a runway in the pouring rain.

Date: December 29

Views: 6,622

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Man allows hyena to eat his genitals

Chamangeni Zulu, originally from Malawi, was acting on a tip-off from a witch doctor in Eastern Province, who told him he would amass sudden wealth if he sacrificed some of his body parts. The witch doctor was vague regarding the manner in which Zulu would get rich from such an act.

Date: March 31

Views: 11,909

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UK and Oz to be linked by tunnel

Journeying between the UK and Australia is about to become considerably quicker as plans to build a tunnel through the centre of the Earth have today been given the final go ahead.

Date: April 1 (hint, hint)

Views: 12,898

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$40K TV triggers a flurry of hilarious Amazon reviews

Over the last few weeks, the $39,997.99 price tag of the 85 inch “beast” has sparked an hilarious string of sarcastic reviews on Amazon.com, with the bottom of the page quickly developing into something of an internet meme.

Date: January 30

Views: 48,175

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Chinese backpacker offers sex for travel

19 year old Chinese backpacker Ju Peng has come up with a novel way to fund her travels. Instead of saving up, fundraising, or simply bugging her parents for cash, she has offered sex to any man willing to put her up in each city.

Date: October 28

Views: 108,644

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*this was later shown to be a hoax, but not before the world's media, including us, had fallen for it!


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Dutch girl fakes a trip to South East Asia

If you’ve ever spent a rainy evening thumbing through your Facebook newsfeed glaring with scarcely controllable envy at the seemingly endless torrent of pictures posted by unbearably smug friends who are backpacking through some country with scenes so vibrant you wonder if the saturation setting on your screen is faulty, relax. It could all be a backpack of lies.

Date: September 9

Views: 1,665,263

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