2013: The Year In Spoof News Stories

19/12/2013 16:17 | Updated 25 January 2014

From Lance Armstrong to Beyonce Knowles - via Margaret Thatcher, Edward Snowdon and JLS - check out some of this year's biggest spoof news stories according to, erm, us:

  • Lance Armstrong 'Used Drugs To Enhance His Interview Performance'
    'Winfrey revealed that while no lawyers had been allowed at the interview, Armstrong did have a team of people in the room - who were seen "handing him things to help improve his performance... like pictures of kittens. Anything to make him cry".'

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  • Nick Clegg's Backbone Found Buried In Car Park
    'The spine has been missing since May 2010, its whereabouts unknown until this week. Historians say that the discovery of the backbone also indicates that Clegg was born with one face, as opposed to the two we are used to seeing him with.'

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  • Cyprus: Reports Of People Being Robbed By Banks
    'There are worries that the attacks may lead to copycat crimes across Europe - although not in Britain, where citizens have already been robbed blind by bankers.'

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  • Wicked Witch Dies, Oz Both Mourns And Celebrates
    'Dividing people in death as she did in life, the land of Oz is both celebrating and mourning the death of the Wicked Witch of the Right, who has died after the Ritz hotel fell on her.'

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  • JLS Split Due To 'Musical Indifference'
    'We never wanted to overstay our welcome. We never wanted to be that band where people said, ‘Oh, bloody hell. It’s JLS again," said one member of the band, months after people were saying "Oh, bloody hell. It's JLS again".'

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  • Edward Snowden ‘Stuck In The Duty Free Section' At Moscow Airport
    'Onlookers say that Snowden was considering purchasing a bottle of Encounter by Calvin Klein before trying at least three other fragrances in Duty Free. He was last seen standing by the giant Toblerones.'

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  • Apple 'Agreed To Prism's 25-page Terms And Conditions Without Reading Them'
    'It has emerged that Apple only signed up to the NSA-FBI surveillance program because it failed to read Prism's 25-page terms and conditions.'

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  • Woman Gives Birth To Baby
    'A married woman of childbearing age has given birth to a baby boy. The event followed nine months of pregnancy.'

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  • 'Women Not As Good At Being Sexist And Making Stupid Comments,' Says Leading Ukip Member
    'Speaking at a panel event, he said that making stupid remarks in public was "very, very competitive" and that women "come absolutely nowhere" compared to men.'

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  • Thousands Of Morgan Spurlock Fans Gather In Leicester Square For Premiere Of His New Movie
    '"He's my favourite, he’s just so cool," gushed her friend. "Documentaries, TV shows, web series... We just love him. We're the most dedicated fans in the world!"'

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  • Angela Merkel Celebrates Another Four Years Of Being Compared To Margaret Thatcher
    '"We never doubted that she would stop being compared to Maggie," another told us. "And now this victory proves that she is unbeatable on this front."'

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  • I Shouldn't Be Judged By My Father's Teenage Diaries, Says Son Of Adrian Mole
    'The paper also cited Mole's staunchly feminist mother and elderly neighbour Bert Baxter as "important communist influences" on him - and attacked his teenage sweetheart Pandora Braithwaite, who went on to work for Tony Blair.'

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  • Tabloids Snap Back Into Shape Just Three Months After The Duchess Of Cambridge Gives Birth
    'Flaunting headlines like 'MUCH LESS OF CAMBRIDGE' and 'NO MUMMY TUMMY FOR KATE', they wowed onlookers on Saturday with their taut wordplay - just 89 days after Kate gave birth.'

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  • Kanye West Proposes To Himself
    'West has been the subject of marriage rumours ever since he proved his love for himself by interrupting Taylor Swift's VMAs acceptance speech in 2009.'

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  • Government Announces Plans To Reduce Life Expectancy To 70
    '"Lowering life expectancy in Britain from 80 to 70 shows that this Government is determined to keep making tough decisions. Including killing people off," he told the House of Commons in his Autumn Statement.'

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  • Shocking Selfie At Mandela Memorial Reveals Danish Prime Minister Is An Attractive Woman
    'The internet was shocked yesterday by a photograph taken at the memorial for Nelson Mandela. The selfie revealed that the Prime Minister of Denmark is, in fact, a woman.'

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  • TIME Regrets Naming Pope Francis 'Person Of The Year' After Beyoncé Drops Surprise Album
    '"I told them we should wait a few weeks for any late entries," one unnamed staffer told HuffPost UK Comedy. "But they wouldn't listen. Now look what's happened."'

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