As 2018 comes to a close, NBC4 takes a look back at the stories that stood out because they were strange, weird or downright bizarre. See the list below for 10 of the most bizarre stories of 2018 as seen on NBCLA.com.
A man who was being transported to Temecula Valley Hospital broke free, commandeered the ambulance and led police on a lengthy vehicle and foot pursuit, but the man still somehow made time to stop for cigarettes before police began the chase.
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An Alabama woman found an intruder in her home. This intruder, however, had cooked himself eggs, bathed and was waiting for his clothes to dry when he was discovered.
A woman awoke firefighters in Wayne Township, east of Indianapolis, in the middle of the night asking for treatment for her pet raccoon, who she said was stoned.
A passenger arriving into New York through John F. Kennedy International Airport tried to bring in 70 live finches wrapped in hair rollers.
A brawl caught on video broke out in an Orange County McDonald's after a woman went into the employee area, demanded ketchup, and allegedly started choking an employee when she was told to leave. Yes, the attack was over ketchup.
K9 Cinemas opened in Plano, Texas, where people can sit and watch a movie with their four-legged friends just as they would at home.
The spray-painted canvas "Girl With Balloon" self-destructed in front of startled auction-goers, moments after being sold for 1.04 million pounds ($1.4 million). The buyer decided to hold onto the partially shredded art.
Police in a small northern Minnesota town received some strange calls about birds that seem to be intoxicated.
A couple of friends noticed a blank wall at a McDonald's and took the liberty of making their own McDonald's ad and putting up a poster of themselves without the restaurant noticing. The inside joke went viral.
The surveillance video shows a man popping out from a hole in the wall while wearing a white mask and crawling around on his knees in a bizarre robbery attempt. Police responded, and the suspect was found in some brush nearby.