Start Your New Year with the Quirkiest News Stories of 2006

As a part of its The Best & Worst of Everything feature, Parade Magazine asks you “to savor the lighter, zanier news of 2006 that may have slipped your notice.” The Year’s Quirkiest Stories online version includes reader/viewer comments as well.
My favorite is about Spike, the parakeet named Young Cross-Stitcher of the Year by a British sewing magazine.