Celebrity gossip can be sensationalist and seedy without being absurd.
Many Tiger Woods-related covers were, at least in part, based upon shocking fact and fueled by the scandal itself, rather than trying to start a scandal.
For a tabloid to be truly absurd in THG's eyes, it must be old news, not news, intentionally misleading, libelous, untrue or some combination thereof.
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Some of these will never be rivaled. Others will likely be repeated by the end of January. Some are unintentionally funny, others just plain slander.
Here's a look at some of the year's most ridiculous tabloid covers ...