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16 Oddest, Strangest, and Most Cringeworthy NM Headlines Last Year

2014 was a weird year for New Mexico, at least based on some of the news reports from around the state. From sightings of the Grim Reaper and a skinwalker to a woman engaging in unseemly acts with a dog, these are the odd, strange, and sometimes cringeworthy things that happened this past year.

Grim Reaper sightings at the cemetery

It was weird and super creepy, not to mention how unnerving it must have been for people looking to pay their respects at a loved one's grave.

Nob Hill jogging pooper strikes again

When you have to go, you have to go. A jogger was caught on camera dropping a deuce in front of a Nob Hill home... multiple times.

Lint pickers picked up 55 pounds of gunk at Carlsbad Caverns

Apparently, the hoards of tourists leave behind a whole lot of "gunk" at the Caverns. A group of volunteers spend a week cleaning up, collecting 55 pounds of dead skin cells, hair, and other "gunk" this year.

OSU sues NMSU over use of Pistol Pete

It was the odd case of dueling mascots. OSU sued NMSU because their mascots looked strangely similar. The duel was settled bloodlessly, with the Aggies paying the Cowboys a whopping $10 a year for the licensing agreement and can sell no more than 3,000 items featuring Pistol Pete each year.

University Arena, aka The Pit, becomes WisePies Arena, aka The Pit

And everyone freaked out. At least until they realized UNM was getting a cool $5 million out of the deal and then most people calmed down. Most, but not all.

Alleged cookie thief can't make $5 bond


A guy gets busted stealing cookies. Thrown in jail. Given $5 bond. Can't pay it. The most ironic part of this story? The guy's name was Lucky.

Students suspended amidst accusations of snorting Smarties


A few middle schoolers in Clovis were suspended after being accused of crushing up and snorting Smarties. This is taking Candy Crush to a whole other level.

A python causes truck troubles

A Santa Fe woman noticed problems with her truck and, after popping the hood, found a 6-foot python wrapped around the engine. So keep that in mind next time you see your "check engine" light turn on.

ABQ monks get busted with illegal fireworks

They claimed they didn't know the fireworks were illegal, but you still have to chuckle at the irony of religious figures getting busted for illegal fireworks on the Fourth of July.

Creepy clowns sighted around ABQ

Just before Halloween, Albuquerque was visited by some freaking creepy clowns. The pictures, including one clown posing in front of Frontier, freaked enough people out that it made the local news.

Filmmakers dig up Alamogordo dump to find E.T.


Basically, an E.T. video game for Atari was so bad that nobody wanted it so a bunch of them were dumped in an Alamogordo landfill back in 1983. A film crew thought it'd be cool to have them dug up. So they did.

Woman banned from playing bingo


A 70-year-old woman in Alamogordo got banned from her local bingo hall. Two years later and she's still trying to fight it.

A road that sings to you

A stretch of Route 66 near Tijeras will now sing to you via a set of rumble strips that, when you drive the speed limit, plays "America the Beautiful." Now we just need to get Paseo del Norte to play "Low Rider."

Severed penis found on Torrance County doorstep


The headline is enough to make a man cringe but the mystery of the bodiless junk stems from a seven-year-old cold case that made the news this year. The rumors and theories abound, including a drug cartel sending some kind of message, a punishment against a child molester, or some kind of black market sex change.

ABQ woman poisons her boyfriend after she's caught having sex with a German Shepherd


This one's too gross to even think about. As Jimmy Fallon might say, EW!

"Skinwalker" sighted in New Mexico

via YouTube

A picture of an "alien creature" said to have been taken in Cuba, NM, received so much attention on social media, the news reported on it. The story that it was a so-called "skinwalker" was quickly debunked, since the picture comes straight from a 1980's sci-fi flick called "Xtro"--although nobody's really sure why it ended up making the rounds in New Mexico.