As we do every Christmas, we have over the past few day been recounting some highlights of the previous year. Having already brought you some of the most significant stories of 2013, it is only natural to follow with the weirdest stories that we have published over the past 12 months.

While we cannot claim a thoroughly scientific approach to the rankings, the stories are selected through a combination of how widely read they were and how much debate they provoked on our website and on social media. With some ups and some downs, here are what we would consider the most important international stories of 2013 (in no particular order)

Christian ‘ex-gay’ porn star claims that the devil comes out of your anus when you have gay sex


US gay porn star turned ‘ex-gay’ Christian fundamentalist Joseph Sciambra recorded a bizarre video where he claims that anal sex causes gay men to give birth to the devil.

In the video, Sciambra who formerly appeared in gay porn for many years says that after finding God, he sought hospitalisation following damage caused to his rectum that meant he had to have his “sphincters almost stitched shut.”

Waitress invents story that she was denied a tip by a Christian family


New Jersey restaurant the Gallop Asian Bistro said it would investigate the case of a lesbian waitress who said she was denied a tip by a family who said they did not agree with her “lifestyle”, after the family denied the allegations.

Dayna Morales, a gay former Marine, alleged that she received a note which read: ”I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I don’t agree with your lifestyle & how you live your life.”

However, NBC 4 New York reported that the family to whom the bill belonged contacted the network after the story broke , denying they had any part in writing the abusive message. According to the report, the family had shown proof, in the form of a credit card bill, that they did tip Morales, and they said they note that she posted online was a hoax.

Freddie Mercury dressed Princess Diana in drag to sneak her into a gay bar


Freddie Mercury dressed Princess Diana up as an “eccentrically dressed gay male model”, in order to sneak her into the Vauxhall Tavern, reports this year revealed.

This new revelation came from part of the serialised autobiography of comedian Cleo Rocos, during which she recalls the story.

Ms Rocos says she attended the bar with Princess Diana, Freddie Mercury and comedian Kenny Everett. She says that after drinking together at Kenny Everett’s house in London, the four wanted to go out to a bar.

US: ‘Gay’ dog saved after being condemned to being put down


Just in the nick of time, a dog in Tennessee was rescued, after being left at a kennel by his owner who thought he was gay. He had been scheduled to be put down, as his owner thought he was gay, because the dog was seen “hunched over” another male dog.

The dog, named Elton, was scheduled to be put to death  at an animal control centre in Jackson, Tennessee.

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