It’s official: 2016 was a shocking year. We witnessed the loss of far too many artists, suffered through a crushing election season, and were punished by record temperatures all across the globe. On top of all that, New York City’s Indian Point nuclear reactor leaked radioactive material into groundwater, while Water Protectors in North Dakota, were mercilessly punished by law enforcement with water cannons in sub-zero temperatures. A US advisory board suggested slaughtering 45,000 horses, and tourists punched tigers for fun in one of China’s animal “sanctuaries.” Fortunately, it wasn’t all bad. Medical hackers invented an affordable Epi-pen alternative to battle skyrocketing costs for the life-saving device, and a brilliant smog sucking vacuum cleaned the air in Beijing. Check out all of this year’s jaw-dropping stories and tell us which shocked you the most.

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