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The year 2011 brought us dramatic and unexpected images from some of the world’s major news events, including the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan, the violent end of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s rule and the humiliating tweet that ruined New York Representative Anthony Weiner’s career. But beyond the widely seen and iconic images that accompanied the year’s biggest events, like the death of Osama bin Laden and the shooting of Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords, were unusual, equally astonishing and startling images that rested at the periphery of the news. A cat with two faces, rail tracks buckled by the shifting earth after a quake in New Zealand, the police rescue of a girl held hostage by her father, a suicidal bride and beautiful, abstract images taken from space by an astronaut photographer — these are just a few of the compelling and surprising images to have emerged beyond the main news cycle this year. Here, LightBox looks back at a small selection of the underreported, improbable and astounding images that caught the attention of TIME’s photo editors.

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Last night's picnic offered no chance to photograph either one of political Washington's two biggest news subjects; that left only the congressional leadership to focus on.

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In McCarren Park, aerialist Seanna Sharpe instructs Millie Biswas during a cloud trapeze class. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal)

New York police near the scene of shooting on the boardwalk in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach in which one woman was killed and four men were wounded on Thursday evening. (Michael Nagle for The Wall Street Journal)

Santiago Granda dips his dog in water spraying from a fire hydrant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Wednesday. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)

David Tankersley played with his Cavalier King Charles spaniel “Harley Davidson” on the Hudson River Greenway near West 145th Street in Manhattan Monday. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)

The scallops, photographed at The The Dutch located at 131 Sullivan Street in New York, NY. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal)

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D., N.Y.) addressed a news conference in New York, Monday. Mr. Weiner admitted sending sexually suggestive photographs to women online but said he doesn’t plan to resign from Congress because of the scandal. (Richard Drew/Associated Press)

Tourists disembarked from The Beast after a high-speed ride from 42nd Street to the Statue of Liberty, powered by jet engines that let the boat perform all sorts of fast loops and 360-degree turns. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal )

“Best Buddies Friendship Bear,” a piece of pop art by Romero Britto, brightened the plaza in front of the Time Warner Building in Manhattan’s Columbus Circle after its unveiling at the location Wednesday. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)

A school bus stopped in the middle of South 2nd Street in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn to allow children to get sprayed by water from a broken fire hydrant Friday. It is predicted that temperatures will reach 96 degrees fahrenheit by days end throughout the Greater New York area. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)

A boy walked past a dead fin whale that washed up in Atlantic Beach, N.Y., Wednesday. Scientists performed a necropsy Thursday on the whale and found it likely was hit by a ship. (Zuma Press)

Jamie Gleason, a Citywide Monuments Conservation intern, worked on the Temperance Fountain in Tompkins Square Park Thursday in New York. (Michael Nagle for The Wall Street Journal)

Alexander and Andres Grayson check out a simulated crime scene at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s CSI Experience Booth on Sunday. The booth was part of the 2011 World Science Festival Street Fair in Washington Square Park. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)

A worker Tuesday surveys the completed Rainbow City at the High Line park’s newly opened second section. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)

Filmaker Marc Singer in his Brooklyn Heights apartment this week. “Dark Dyas” will open July 1, at Cinema Village. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)

The ancho-battered pollack fish taco, photographed at Pachanga Patterson located at 33-17 31st Avenue in Astoria, Queens. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal)

Former New York Giants player Plaxico Burress, center, and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, right, left the Oneida Correctional Facility in Rome, N.Y., Monday. Mr. Burress was released from prison after spending nearly two years behind bars on a gun charge. (Heather Ainsworth/Associated Press)

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Shen Wei Dance Arts rehearses a site-specific dance in the Charles Engelhard Court at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 31, 2011 in New York City. (Michael Nagle for The Wall Street Journal)

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D., N.Y.), waited for an elevator near his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Thursday. (Susan Walsh/Associated Press)

A group of young mothers, in an after pregnancy gym session with their children in Central Park. (Francesco Anselmi for The Wall Street Journal)

Jason Bay, #44, and Carlos Beltran, #15, of the New York Mets celebrated in the dugout after scoring in the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on a base hit by teammate Ruben Tejada Thursday at Citi Field. The Mets defeated the Pirates 9-8. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Police officers filed into a church in Newark, N.J., on Thursday for the funeral of William Johnson, the off-duty Newark police officer who was killed in a drive-by shooting last week. Mr. Johnson was standing at the counter of a fast-food restaurant in Newark waiting for a slice of pizza when he was shot along with two other people. (Mel Evans/Associated Press)

The hamburger, photographed at Miss Lily’s at 132 Houston Street in New York, NY. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal)

A peregrine falcon perched on a beam at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York Harbor Wednesday while another falcon soared through the air nearby. The bridge is home to a pair of the birds and their chicks. (Patrick Cashin/Metropolitan Transportation Authority)

Members of the ROMEOWs (Retired Older Men Eating Out on Wednesdays) ate at Winly’s Restaurant in Gravesend, Brooklyn, Wednesday. The ROMEOWs graduated together from Brooklyn College in the 1950s and still meet for dinner every Wednesday as a social ritual. (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal )

A woman lounged with her book on Lincoln Center’s Revson Fountain in Manhattan Wednesday. (Richard Drew/Associated Press)

Second-graders in a French-speaking class at P.S. 58 in the Carroll Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn wrote stories and read books in class Wednesday. (Julie Platner for The Wall Street Journal)

The setting sun shone down Manhattan’s 42nd Street late Monday in the biannual event known as ”Manhattanhenge,” when the setting sun aligns itself with the city’s east-west grid and shines down all gridded streets at the same time. (Shen Hong/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

Members of the LAVA troupe rehearsed at their studio on Bergen Street Wednesday a June 2 performance at the FLEA theater. Founded in 2000 by Sarah East Johnson, LAVA develops original works that integrate athleticism, intellectual rigor, social commentary, and relationship exploration. (Julie Platner for the Wall Street Journal)

The miso cured salmon, photographed at Niko located at 170 Mercer St. in New York, NY. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal)

Virginia state police investigated a bus that went off Interstate 95 in Bowling Green, Va., early Tuesday morning, en route to New York City’s Chinatown Four people were killed and several others injured. The driver faces a reckless driving charge and police say fatigue was a factor. (Dean Hoffmeyer/Associated Press)

A rat modeled the latest styles in a fashion show Tuesday at the first-ever Fancy Rat Convention, being held this week in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. Rats in the fashion show wore everything from denim jumpers to wedding dresses. (Tom Callan/Caters News/Zuma Press)

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Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY)'s monologue at last night's Congressional Correspondents' Dinner is some danged funny stuff -- even if you can't follow some of the more esoteric Washington insider material, the self-deprecating montage of Weiner losing it during interviews with Fox News is worth the price of admission. And then there are the Weiner/weener jokes!

Anthony Weiner KILLS At Congressional Correspondents' Dinner

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