The top 10 most bizarre PinkNews stories of 2014
PinkNews often covers a lot of weird stories – but some of them are more unexplainable than others.
To round out the year, PinkNews counts down the most bizarre, freakish and downright surreal stories of 2014.
Parisians were outraged after an 80ft tree, made by LA-based artist Paul McCarthy, was erected in Place Vendome, near Paris city centre.
The installation – known as ‘Tree’ – has faced protests from far-right anti-gay group Printemps Francais, because of its resemblance to a butt plug.
The anti-gay group claimed the privately commissioned work had “disfigured” Paris, adding: “This is where your money goes, taxpayers!”.
It was eventually destroyed by vandals.
2. Almost everything this man said
Special mention has to go to Pastor James David Manning of ATLAH Church in New York, for single-handedly providing enough bizarre headlines to fill this entire list.
Whether he is predicting that Vladimir Putin will ‘out’ Barack Obama, or claiming that homosexuals are putting semen into Starbucks lattes, Pastor Manning has a strange fixation on homosexuality.
He has also urged parents to take their children out of schools to avoid the “demonic homosexual mafia” making them gay, and claimed that out NFL player Michael Sam could marry a 9-year-old boy.
3. Shia LaBeouf: I was arrested in a theatre because Alan Cumming is too sexy
Eccentric Transformers star Shia LaBeouf was arrested back in June for disorderly conduct during a performance of Cabaret – but he raised eyebrows when he blamed the incident on Alan Cumming’s posterior.
He claimed: “Alan Cumming walks past me and all I’m thinking about are his leather pants and him winking at me, and he walks past me and I give him a slap on the ass cause I think he deserves it, and he’s seducing me, I mean he’s the sexiest man I’ve ever seen.
“And I just don’t slap and slap but I slapped and grabbed him. I grabbed the whole cheek cause I wanted the party right here in my pants.
“I wanted to grab the whole party. He finds a way to wiggle out of my Hercules grip…we get to intermission and somebody says ‘there’s another party outside’.
“And I see six cops having their own party. Anyways, they wanted to take me to the station.
A report into the sex lives of grizzly bears in Croatia found a pair that enjoyed regular oral sex.
Lead researcher Agnieszka Sergiel wrote: “All cases appeared to be initiated by the provider, who approached the receiver while he was resting on his side or with part of his abdomen exposed.
“If the receiver’s genitals were not exposed, the provider would push his head into the pelvic region or use his paws to separate the hind legs.
“In the case reported here, the provider may have found a substitute for teat‐sucking that also resulted in a let‐down of substitute ‘milk’.”
A sculpture unveiled near City Hall in Adrian, Michigan was removed from public view – after complaints it looks like gay sex.
Local pastor Rick Strawcutter complained: “Everybody I know who sees [the sculpture] just feels like it is in itself an abomination.”
Sculptor Mark Chatterley said of the meaning of the sculpture: “Living today, we can’t do it alone. We rely on other people (…) to try to survive.”
6. Gay Mormons CAN have Missionary sex
Mormon missionaries Elder Kimball and Elder Searcy, released a photo book dressed in their Mormon outfits, and simulating a range of sex positions.
We’re not sure what’s weirder about this story – seeing two Mormons fully-clothed and humping eachother, or how strangely hot it is.
7. English Democrats accidentally celebrate ‘Yes’ victory in Scotland
The Scottish independence referendum did not go well for the English Democrats party – who celebrated a non-existent victory for independence by accident.
The party said in a press release the day of the election: “The English Democrats wish to congratulate Alex Salmond, the Yes Campaign and the People of Scotland on the fantastic result to start the process of dissolution of the UK.
“Team England must comprise all those whose loyalty is to England. The next 18 months of negotiation are a critical time for future relations between England and Scotland and there is no room for anyone to be on the English side who is not 100% loyal to England.”
“The English Democrats accordingly call for the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to stand down as he has shown repeatedly that he is not loyal to England.”
8. Openly gay Hollyoaks star hits back at ‘homophobic’ abuse after football mix-up
Gay soap actor Kieron Richardson received dozens of hateful messages – after a mix-up led a number of football fans to think he had signed to play for Aston Villa.
After Sky Sports used his photo in place of footballer Kieran Richardson, he said: “At first I didn’t think anything of it and thought it was quite funny, until I went onto my Twitter feed and people genuinely thought I’d left Hollyoaks and signed for Aston Villa.
“Being openly gay, [I] was targeted with abuse [from people] going, ‘You gay blah blah blah, we’re not having you playing for our team’. Homophobic abuse all night long.”
9. Pornhub asks users to stop uploading videos of Brazil ‘getting f**ked by Germany’
After Brazil suffered a crushing 7-1 defeat to Germany during the World Cup, people tried to pass the footage off as Brazilian men being dominated.
Pornhub said: “Please stop uploading the game highlights to Pornhub… Our public humiliation category is full. #BrazilvsGermany.”
A man with two penises took part in a Q&A session on Reddit – and became an internet sensation.
After posting an “Ask Me Anything” thread titled: “I am the guy with two penises”, he received over 12,000 responses in just a few hours.
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The man – who became known as Double Dick Dude – is bisexual and in a relationship with a couple (one male and one female), and answered questions on how he dealt with having two penises growing up.
In one of the final posts in the thread, DDD said the best thing about having two penises was simply “having two c*cks.”