Some of the stories we covered this year made Germany seem like the Florida of Europe in terms of kooky news reports.
In no particular order, we bring you a sample of the stories that struck us as most astonishing this year.
A Spezialeinsatzkommando (SEK) unit doing what they're supposed to. File photo: DPA
File photo: francesco / Flickr Creative Commons.Things
Police searched a villa in a wealthy suburb of Kiel in July, only to discover a Second World War tank, a torpedo and other weaponry in the cellar. The tank proved a tad difficult to remove.