10 Weird Work Stories from 2009


Rachel Zupek, CareerBuilder.com writer


2009 marked another year of unforgettable occurrences in entertainment, politics and current events.

Barack Obama was inaugurated as the first African-American president of the United States. A global pandemic of the H1N1 virus, known as "swine flu," broke out. Rio de Janeiro was named the site of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Major American icons such as Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Sen. Ted Kennedy and Walter Cronkite passed away. Jon and Kate broke up.

In the midst of all of these happenings, other trends were going on in the job market. Unemployment numbers rose and fell. The number of jobless folks increased. Despite all of these dismal reports, a few other events caught our eye.

In case you missed them, here are 10 of the weirdest work stories and headlines we read this year: