Odd 2010: Sound the vuvuzela for year of the mystic mollusc

Thu Dec 30, 2010 10:45am EST
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By Paul Casciato

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - The astounding predictions of an octopus, the perils of "chexting" and the pain of getting around on planes were the laughing matters of 2010.

News that a Sicilian man had stolen sweets and chewing gum so he could spend New Year's Eve in jail to avoid his relatives seemed odd until another Italian man was stabbed by his son after a quarrel over tactics for a soccer videogame.

An ash cloud from an Iceland volcano caused travel chaos around Europe and spawned jokes across the Internet about the coincidence of the volcano's eruption and the collapse of Icelandic banks owing billions to angry savers in Europe.

"The last wish of the Icelandic economy was to have its ashes scattered over Europe."

Ash clouds and airport security woes failed to deter two women in Britain from trying to smuggle a dead relative wearing sunglasses onto a flight bound for Germany. But the agony of air travel sent others over the edge.

U.S. flight attendant Steven Slater became an overnight sensation for issuing a string of profanities, grabbing a few beers and leaping down the emergency chute of his plane at JFK airport to head home following an altercation with a passenger.

An Internet "Don't Touch My Junk" campaign encouraged U.S. Thanksgiving travelers to refuse airport full body searches after a widely viewed YouTube video captured California man John Tyner telling a security official during a full body search: "If you touch my junk I'm going to have you arrested."

SINGLE AND BITTER?   Continued...

<p>A Qatari soccer fan blows a vuvuzela before the announcement of the hosts for the 2022 World Cup, in Souq Waqif December 2, 2010. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad</p>