While 2012 was a year tarnished by war and tragedy, there were also a host of somewhat less gloomy, and almost entirely unpredictable stories. For a serious look at international affairs over the past 12 months, please see our Top 10 moments in world news.
In the meantime, in the following pages, we highlight the five best examples of "what the heck?" moments from abroad.
Farewell to 2012!