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23 Things That Actually Happened In 2016

2016, the year that made Brass Eye look like the real news.

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3. Lindsay Lohan apologised to the English town of Kettering for breaking a promise to turn on its Christmas lights.

Kettering wish I could be with you today sending all my ❤️. Happy holidays!!

But on the plus side, she did find out where Kettering is.


4. Nigel Farage said, hours after the referendum result, that he could not guarantee that £350 million a week would be spent on the NHS instead of the EU.

WATCH: @Nigel_Farage tells @susannareid100 it was a 'mistake' for Leave to claim there'd be £350M a week for NHS

6. Along similar lines, UKIP's only MP also took on scientists who said the the moon causes tides (it does), saying they are actually caused by the sun (they aren't).

@Nightingale_P @DuncanWeldon actually it's the gravitational pull of the sun. The moon's gravity does Spring / neap tides

Take back control!


8. Justice secretary Liz Truss said barking dogs were stopping drones from flying drugs into prisons.

Parliament TV

Her deputy Sam Gyimah just about managed to stop himself laughing after Truss said: "I was at HMP Pentonville last week. They’ve now got patrol dogs who are now barking, which helps deter drones."

She has form for her oratory, once saying it was a "disgrace" Britain imported two-thirds of our cheese, and saying in the same speech that she would visit China that year to "open up new pork markets".

9. Princess Beatrice cut open Ed Sheeran's face with a sword while pretending to knight James Blunt at a party in her dad's home in Windsor.

The Sun / Via

We have The Sun to thank for bringing this story, and this re-creation of the event, to light.

10. Ken Livingstone hid from journalists in a disabled toilet after saying Adolf Hitler supported Zionism.

Ken Livingstone is in a toilet and the British news media are camped outside the door asking if he agrees with Hitler.


dude in the back looks like he came from the future to try and save Kanye but was too late



15. Former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine was forced to deny he'd killed his mum's dog.

Possibly greatest BBC Copy headline of all time #heseltine

18. Wonder Woman was made an honorary UN ambassador for empowering women and girls.

Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images

She was dropped two months later however, after people pointed out there might just be some real women more suitable for the role.


19. The Daily Mail published an immigration scare story next to a tribute to a very famous immigrant.


20. Sky News' Martin Brunt walked into a church and then... Well, this happened.

This is actual sky news and not a spoof

21. A man who voted for Brexit told the BBC hours after Leave won the EU referendum that he was "shocked" the country had voted for Brexit.

"My vote I didn’t think was going to matter too much because I thought we were just going to remain, and the David Cameron resignation has blown me away to be honest," he said.

"I think the period of uncertainty that we’re going to have for the next couple of months, that’s just been magnified now.

"So yeah, quite worried."

22. A woman told ITV News the day after the referendum she was "disappointed" with the result, despite, um, also voting Leave.

ITV News

"I was really disappointed about the votes, even though I voted to Leave," she said. "This morning I woke up and the reality did actually hit me.

"If I had the opportunity to vote again, it would be to stay."

:upside-down face:

23. And finally, this happened. Whatever the hell it is:

I can't believe I've just watched this exchange which apparently went out on national television.

Matthew Champion is a deputy world news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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