Our weekly recap of strange news takes a different approach for the year-end issue of Huffington, this time with an emphasis on the visual eccentricity of some of the year’s oddest characters. From the Mexican Vampire Woman to Tanning Mom, go where the offbeat ones did in 2012.

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  • Large Ambitions

    The world's smallest woman, Jyoti Amge, 19, became the world's smallest election campaigner this year when she announced her support for candidates of the right wing Maharashtra Navnirman Sena party in Mumbai, India.

  • Hungry For Change

    "Mexican Vampire Woman" Maria Jose Cristerna took a stand against domestic violence, announcing that it was the impetus for her physical transformation.

  • Highway, Interrupted

    When China decided to build a highway in Wenling, they offered compensation to homeowners in the area to relocate. Farmer Luo Baogen and his wife refused to move, citing insufficient compensation. They later relented and their home was demolished.

  • Cats And Dogs

    Swiss Shepherd dog Talli adopted and nursed three orphaned tiger cubs -- Olymp, Dar and, one named Talli after herself -- who were abandoned by their birth mother, tigress Bagira, in southern Russia.

  • Falling Bear

    University of Colorado, Boulder, student Andy Duann snapped this shot of a bear being shot out of a tree with a tranquilizer gun by police after wandering around campus. The rest is history.

  • Touch The Sky

    Three cans of hairspray, one large bottle of gel, and 15 years later, Kazuhiro Watanabe became the Guinness World Record holder for tallest mohawk, standing at 3-foot, 8.6-inches atop his 5-foot-7 frame.

  • Heavenly Tat

    Jamie Calloway rose to internet stardom when she landed in jail for stalking a corrections officer, and came out of it with a mugshot displaying the "God" tattoo on her forehead.

  • A Dog Named Zeus

    Standing on its hind legs, this Great Dane reaches a height of 7-foot-4. Guinness crowned the three-year-old the world's Tallest Dog.

  • Tanning Mom

    Patricia Krentcil made headlines for allegedly putting her five-year-old daughter in an artificial tanning booth. Her own tanning habits became the new focus, however, when Krentcil's mugshot was released.

  • Egyptian Popeye

    Forget greens. Bodybuilder Moustafa Ismail eats seven pounds of protein, nine pounds of carbohydrates and three gallons of water every day to hang on to the title of world's biggest arms. He claims they're all-natural, while skeptics say there must be some artificial means involved.

This story appears in the year-end photo issue of our weekly iPad magazine, Huffington, in the iTunes App store, available Friday, Dec. 28.