It's been quite a year, we think you'll agree. Especially if you're an otter who happens to look like Benedict Cumberbatch.

Yes, from animal lookalikes to animals in IKEA, from the Olympic Games to the Diamond Jubilee, from the American election to the London mayoral one - here were some of our favourite, silliest moments caught on camera in 2012...

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  • A Dalek lies in wait for the Queen at the new BBC offices in Salford.

  • Cameron and Clegg ignore a schoolboy. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/09/07/funny-david-cameron-nick-clegg-picture-captions_n_1864425.html" target="_hplink">Picture captions ensue.</a>

  • Congratulations, photobombing stingray: you <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/09/27/stingray-photobomb-gives-tourists-a-fright-pictures_n_1919029.html" target="_hplink">won the internet</a> this year.

  • Boris Johnson got stuck on a zip wire, a nation rejoiced.

  • One of the many photos that in all likelihood sealed Mitt Romney's defeat.

  • You say <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/07/03/camilla-duchess-of-cornwall-photos_n_1645557.html" target="_hplink">'Little Shop Of Horrors'</a>, we say: Buckingham Palace.

  • Darwin: without doubt, the most adorable monkey ever seen <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/12/10/tiny-monkey-coat-nappy-ikea-canada-pictures_n_2269608.html" target="_hplink">wandering around IKEA</a> this year.

  • Cameron, Obama, Merkel and co watch Chelsea beating Bayern Munich... <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/05/21/david-cameron-cheering-g8-meme_n_1532351.html" target="_hplink">and a meme is born</a>.

  • Don't worry, Ken, you won't have to put up with this for much longer. Unfortunately.

  • The Dalai Lama - the only man to come between Charles and Camilla.

  • Angela Merkel demonstrates what she's about to do to Greece.

  • Obama takes yet another prank call. How DOES he stay so calm?

  • US Olympic rower Henrick Rummel had his moment of (morning) glory. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/08/07/henrik-rummel-bulging-shorts-picture_n_1751178.html" target="_hplink">The world swooned/giggled</a>.

  • George Osborne - stuck in the middle with EU.

  • Yet another animal who won our global hearts this year: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/06/08/chilled-out-lazy-cat-picture-meme_n_1579970.html" target="_hplink">Lazy cat</a>.

  • That said, he wasn't as chilled-out as <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/06/29/hypnotised-pig-whisperer-photo_n_1636648.html" target="_hplink">this hypnotised pig</a>.

  • Hands up who's with stupid!

  • Believe us, guys, the time didn't exactly fly by for us, either.

  • The village of Great Bradley celebrates the Tour de France champion. (via <a href="https://twitter.com/mandypandy32" target="_hplink">@mandypandy32</a>)

  • Yet more proof that our dear Labour leader isn't the most photogenic of fellows. Poor chap.

  • Mitt Romney, virgin.

  • Who says Nick Clegg hasn't got the stomach for sport?

  • 'Otter Who Look Like Benedict Cumberbatch' was possibly the greatest photo Tumblr of the year. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/03/19/otters-who-look-like-benedict-cumberbatch_n_1362375.html" target="_hplink">See here for the definitive collection</a>.

  • Yep, that's pretty much our reaction when we look at this pair, too.

  • Usain Bolt fever reaches even the most unlikely groups.

  • Camilla is let loose on the set of The Killing - with a gun.

  • A squirrel gets in the Diamond Jubilee spirit. Quite literally.

  • The Pope has a bad cassock day.

  • Who said volleyball wasn't a contact sport?

  • Barack Obama gets a lot of love from a pizza restaurant owner in Florida. Well apparently, he did tip really well.

  • Don't worry, he's not driving the car. A cat is.

  • Nope, we have no idea what Robin Cousins said to the Duchess of Cambridge. But, like you, we're dying to know.

  • The Duke of Edinburgh finally learns what photographers look like.

  • Once again, Hillary Clinton impresses William Hague with her 'stuck in a glass box' mime.

  • We love the way Polish people deal with <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/05/10/car-in-tree-angry-neighbours-poland_n_1505349.html" target="_hplink">annoying boy racers</a>.

  • The royals are distinctly unimpressed by Daniel Craig's best Prince Charles impress.

  • At the Labour party conference, the final touches are put on Ed Balls.

  • Camilla cuddles a kangaroo Joey. The world is immediately a better place.

  • "And as for this Hunt...!"

  • Just a bear. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/08/huanca-bear-duisburg-zoo-waves-keeper-more-food_n_2091736.html" target="_hplink">Waving</a>.

  • Prince Charles proves that, while he's able to get down with The Kids, it's not always that easy to get up again.

  • George Osborne's evil claw finally makes an appearance.

  • Your leaders, Glum and Glummer.

  • The One Pound Fish Man has got <em>nothing</em> on this guy.

  • Fun fact: 50% of Obama supporters aren't that bright.

  • Ed Miliband: half-man, half-tea cup.

  • Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/12/04/batcat-cat-looks-like-batman-two-face-felines-_n_2236400.html" target="_hplink">a cat that looks like Batman</a>!

  • Yep, this is pretty much how we'd react to Mitt Romney, too...

  • This is also how we'd react if we were put next to Fiona Phillips.

  • They're not as cuddly as they look. And as for the koalas...

  • What do you do when you're too tired to sign autographs? You <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/05/02/jackie-chan-latvia-too-tired-sign_n_1470075.html" target="_hplink">do a Jackie Chan</a>!


(All images Press Association, unless otherwise credited)