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The Most Bizarre Bell-Ringers At The New York Stock Exchange (PHOTOS)

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Terry Crews, star of 'The Expendables' who rang the NYSE's closing bell on August 19, 2010, is just one of many bizarre characters to partake in the tradition. | Andy Kropa, Getty Images

What better way to get over a bad breakup than ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange?

Just ask Robert Pattinson, the newly single "Twilight" star who pounded the gavel at the world’s largest stock exchange last month.

Pattinson was only the latest in a long line of bizarre characters to partake in the 17-year-old tradition once reserved for CEOs and financial big-wigs.

For some, receiving an invitation to mark the 9:30AM opening or 4:00PM closure of daytime stock trading symbolizes a lifetime of corporate achievement. For others, it means you spent the summer getting wasted on the Jersey Shore.

We compiled a list of the strangest bell-ringers in NYSE history. Check it out and let us know if we're missing anyone (or thing)!

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