The year 2016 seemed packed with unthinkable events, such as Brexit and US President-elect Donald Trump's shock victory at the polls.
And while the world-changing events were met with grim humour, everyday life was peppered with light-hearted moments to keep things interesting. Denizens of the digital age dutifully recorded everything with their cameras and computers at the ready.
We take a look back at the photos, videos and Internet memes that capture a slice of life around the world this year.
Amateur shutterbug Chay Yu Wei submitted a black-and-white photograph that ostensibly showed an airplane framed by a ladder, but was lambasted for what critics called a crudely done cut-and-paste insertion of the image of an airplane into the picture.
Other social media users mocked Mr Chay's photograph by inserting images of everything from trains and rollercoasters to Godzilla and Darth Vader.
The minute-long Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen was as mindless as it was catchy. In his flamboyant alter ego Piko-Taro, Kosaka gyrated and mimed holding household objects while chanting: "I have a pen! I have an apple!"
Mr Biden, whom the public fondly calls "Uncle Joe", has a reputation for being laidback and straightforward. Mr Obama typically plays the straight man in the memes, while Mr Biden is cast as the mischief-maker - such as booby-trapping the presidential residence with Lego bricks and burning Mr Trump's alleged wig.
The two are also close friends - Mr Obama offered to help with medical costs when Mr Biden's son Beau died of cancer earlier this year.
Ms Payne, 37, wore a mask that emitted the Star Wars character's characteristic groaning call whenever she opened her mouth. She had purchased it for her birthday because she found it irrepressibly amusing.
Her good humour was so infectious that she was invited to Facebook headquarters and appeared in interviews with numerous media outlets.
5. 'Aleppo Boy' Omran Daqneesh
The five-year-old became the haunting face of the country's brutal civil war when a rebel group released a photograph of Omran in an ambulance, frozen in shock and covered in blood and dust.
His 10-year-old brother Ali died of internal bleeding and organ damage in the same attack.
The photo led to global condemnation of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the city of Syrian city Aleppo.
6. Reign of the killer clowns
"Bitte nicht den Horror-Clown (please not the horror-clown)," one German newspaper headline begged the day before the US presidential elections, accompanied with a picture of Donald Trump - but horror-clowns were in fact on the loose long before Americans went to the polls.
Clowns made an appearance in Australia and even sparked physical attacks in Europe. The lone copycat in Singapore, however, got little attention from nonplussed locals. He received a police warning and professed himself sorry for his antics.
Gula, then 12, was living in a refugee camp in Pakistan after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
In October, Pakistani authorities released a similar photograph of Gula, now 45. But it was a mugshot, taken in a jail in Peshawar.
Gula, an illiterate mother of four, was among the thousands of Afghan refugees who had obtained Pakistani identity documents in order to avoid being returned to their war-torn birthplace. She was arrested, imprisoned and deported.
Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo did it. US politician Hillary Clinton did it. It's a viral video trend that had a brief but illustrious tenure, beginning with a group of Florida high school students in mid-October and peaking in mid-November.
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