Before 2018 sneaks out of here, let's recall some of the moments from last year that proved that Southern California still has a flair for the unusual.

• Finishing first (you could say grabbing a win, place and show) was a gentleman who was arrested for riding a horse while intoxicated on the 91 Freeway (see CHP-altered photo). The rider said he was celebrating his birthday. The horse was not held.

• Speaking of freeways, artist Mindy Alper won an Oscar in one category for a work titled, "Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405." Alper said she finds it relaxing to study the actions of other motorists while stuck in traffic. Obviously the 405 was made for her.

• A free outdoor book dispensary with a gnome decoration opened in Belmont Shore on the theory "you can't steal a free book." Instead, someone stole the gnome.

• Some political nicknames just aren't catchy: A candidate lost his bid for the office of L.A. County deputy assessor despite the fact that he now goes by the name John ("Lower Taxes") Loew.

• Writer Terry Spencer figured that he kept hearing ads on local radio for memory enhancers with a jellyfish protein "because if there one thing jellyfish are known for, it's their memory."

• A reader attending an on-line traffic school heard these favorite explanations given to claims adjusters after accidents:

"An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my vehicle and vanished."

"Coming home I drove into the wrong house and collided with a tree I don't have."

• A reader heard from a new resident in Belmont Shore who wondered what the loud coastal sounds late at night were:

Foghorns, she was told.

• And those are all my jellyfish-aided memory could dredge up. Have a great 2019.

Steve Harvey can be reached at and @sharvey9.

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