10 Weirdest News Stories of 2013


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New Venezuelan President 'Sees' Chavez Everywhere
Yep, Chavez does kind of seem to be everywhere you go, Mr. President. Maduro (L) is talking with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (R) in this June 30, 2013, pic while Chavez looks on from the picture above. © Oswaldo Rivas/Reuters/Corbis

No one can accuse Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of being disloyal. Or unsentimental. After his predecessor Hugo Chavez died in 2013, Maduro claims that a "little bird" told him he should lead the country.

This wasn't just a euphemism for a political adviser. Maduro claims that when he went to pray after the late president's death, a small bird entered the chapel and sang. The bird circled him and whistled, and right then Maduro knew it was Chavez's spirit telling them to lead the charge [source: Carrero].

Even better, Chavez didn't give Maduro just one "Chicken Soup for the Soul" moment. Workers building a new subway line in Caracas claimed that they found a ghostly replica of Chavez in the plaster of the construction. Maduro quickly held a press conference to tell the county that Chavez "is everywhere" [source: Cawthorne]. Unfortunately, the image seemed to disappear right after workers took a cell phone picture. We'll just have to wait and see where Chavez turns up next in 2014.