The 17 Most Absurd Super Bowl Halftime Moments Of All Time

The Super Bowl halftime show is ostensibly something the whole family can enjoy, and yet it's so consistently, totally weird.

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12. In 2012, M.I.A. gave the audience the finger because she's a rebel (who, in exchange for financial compensation, performed at the most heavily corporate-sponsored event that's ever existed in human civilization).

10. From that same horrible Black Eyed Peas show, Slash and Fergie performed "Sweet Child o' Mine" together, an event so atrocious that everyone agreed it would just be better if we pretended the 1980s never happened.

9. This weird-as-hell Indiana Jones skit happened in 1995, during which an off-brand Indy fought native-stereotype villains and then ran away with the Lombardi Trophy.

8. Bruce Springsteen's set in 2009 was actually fairly normal until he semi-accidentally attacked his groin with a camera, leaving viewers of a certain age feeling dizzy and elated.

3. Following the Ben Stiller/Adam Sandler skit, Aerosmith, NSYNC, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, and Nelly all performed at the SAME DAMN TIME. The song? Eazy-E's "College Girls Are Easy." (Not actually.)

2. "Elvis Presto" (Elvis Presto!) did a totally inscrutable card trick that involved an awesome outer-space backdrop and everyone in the audience taking the cushions out from under their seats way back in 1989.