Leung family saga
In March, a dramatic saga of popcorn-gobbling proportions developed around Leung Chai-yan, daughter of chief executive Leung Chun-ying. After writing Facebook posts alleging that her mother is abusing her, Chai-yan's Facebook page was disabled, but soon after her Instagram showed that she's "officially left home". Fast forward to Halloween and Chai-yan is seen slapping her mother when the "first lady" arrives in a taxi to take her home. #daughteroftheyear
Down-under doggy drama
Johnny Depp was caught smuggling his two teacup terriers, Boo and Pistol, into Australia when the eccentric star was there to shoot the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie. He and wife Amber Heard face a 10-year prison sentence (or massive fine), but the case has been adjourned.
Shi san what now?
Mainland propaganda got funky with the release of a rap explaining the government's five-year plan. All together now: "Best pay attention to the shi san wu!"
This story stinks
A British Airways flight from London to Dubai had to turn around and go home after only 30 minutes, because of a "smelly poo in the toilet". Staff judged that passengers could not be expected to put up with the stink for a seven-hour flight.
He went a different direction
On March 26, the sound of hearts shattering was heard around the world as Zayn Malik quit One Direction. Those hearts broke all over again as 1D announced they'd be taking a year-long break in 2016 - that's surely just another way of saying they're splitting up!
As if to prove that Taylor Swift really does rule the world, a judge dismissed a case against her using her own lyrics. "At present, the Court is not saying that Braham can never, ever, ever get his case back in court," Gail Standish wrote. "But, for now, we have got problems, and the Court is not sure Braham can solve them. As currently drafted, the Complaint has a blank space - one that requires Braham to do more than write his name. And, upon consideration of the Court's explanation … Braham may discover that mere pleading Band-Aids will not fix the bullet holes in his case. At least for the moment, Defendants have shaken off this lawsuit."
Donald Trump happened. That is all.
Tourists in trouble
Stealing life jackets, allowing toddlers to poo outside aircraft toilets or Burberry stores, demanding flight attendants open the emergency exit for a smoke break, fist fights before take-off - these are a few of the headlines made by mainland tourists this year, justifying the government's creation of a "blacklist", which bars naughty travellers from joining tour groups, or even, in some cases, buying plane tickets.
She goes nuts for doughnuts
Angering most of her nation and all sweet treat lovers in one fell swoop, Ariana Grande was filmed licking a doughnut she didn't buy, and announcing: "I hate Americans. I hate America." She later apologised.
Talk about a cheesy design
Mainland architects have something of a reputation for building the biggest, shiniest, and yes, craziest constructions, so perhaps this burger tower in Shenyang shouldn't really have been a surprise!
Kanye West announced his intention to run for US president in 2020. Then LITERALLY dropped the mic.
Is that Cutesy Network News?
When you think CNN, you don't necessarily think "cute and fluffy", especially when in association with Kristie Lu Stout, the news network's Chinese-American international news anchor. So it was a huge surprise to hear the award-winning presenter's describing not world affairs, but Brother Cream's visit to the CNN newsroom. In case you didn't know, Brother Cream is a white and ginger British Shorthair cat who lives at a convenience store in Tsim Sha Tsui East. Yep. CNN covered a story ... on a cat.
How do you spell that?
Oxford Dictionary's word of the year is ... the "face with tears of joy" emoji. Word.