Maybe it's something in the water. Several of the weirdest stories of 2012 involve it in some form.
At the top of the list are two folks who decided, separately, to plunge into the Beaufort River in December, one day after the other.
The first, a 29-year-old man with a few drinks in him, stripped to his boxers and dove into the river from the seawall in the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort. This after he left his guitar safely in a downtown bar and his cowboy boots at the edge of the wall. Rescuers took him to Beaufort Memorial Hospital as a precaution. Police charged him with public drunkenness and diving off the seawall.
A day later, a woman whom police described as "not mentally stable" and with "a fascination for swimming in large bodies of water," dove off the J.E. McTeer Bridge. Rescuers dropped her a line and pulled her in after a 15-minute swim. She wasn't charged.
The man had run from his car after a deputy tried to pull him over. He then leapt into the water and started swimming, ignoring the deputy's orders to come back. The deputy simply drove around the lagoon and arrested him on the other side.