There have been a lot of headlines we really didn't think we'd be writing this year but one bloke in the UK has swooped in with a cracking late contender for the dumbest story of the year.
James Mason, a 21-year-old from Newcastle, appeared in court last week on what magistrates called a "rarely seen... example of foolish adolescent behaviour".
Mason, officers said, laughed in their face when he was searched after they were called to a disturbance at a university accommodation block, saying: "Ha ha, I told you I had f*ck all on us you mugs".
Despite finding nothing in Mason's pockets, police took the student to the station for being drunk and disorderly and swearing "one too many" times.
It was during this trip to the station that Mason was seen grabbing his sock - not a euphemism - and shoving his hand into his trousers, resulting in officers handcuffing him "to stop him messing with his clothes".
Mason was then treated to a strip search when he arrived at the Newcastle police station, which is where he "removed his trousers, pulled back his foreskin and pulled a white bag of powder from his penis", which he later confirmed was cocaine.
He admitted possession of a Class A drug and being drunk and disorderly in a public place and was fined £120, plus £85 in costs and a £30 victim surcharge, according to Metro UK.