2012: The year in weird

POSTED: 05:21 PM PST Dec 26, 2012    UPDATED: 05:30 PM PST Dec 27, 2012 

From an amateur's restoration of an art masterpiece that shocked the world, to a man some are calling a very dumb terrorist, here are some of 2012's weirdest news stories.

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Adam Hunger / Reuters

In July, Japanese zookeepers had to round up 30 escaped squirrels after they escaped during a typhoon, TIME reported. They were a bit too successful, they managed to "recapture" 38 of the small, furry mammals.

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