2006: Random and quirky

Before we get to the Most Clicked On stories of 2006, here are some personal favorites that don't fit anywhere else.

Crashed carMost interesting car wreck in years: Take an Enzo Ferrari, a Swedish con man, Homeland Security and a quipping deputy and you've got a running story with twist, after twist, after twist, after twist, after twist, after twist....after twist.

Mrs. Clean: KCBS/KCAL news director Nancy Bauer Gonzales warns the staff about wearing scents at the office and orders everybody to clean up their desks.

You're a cop, right?: Mickey Rourke meets Chief Bratton, walks away.

Intersection of time and space: My editor and I have an L.A. driving moment at Wilshire and Vermont.

Acting is hard: The BBC's man in Los Angeles tries to go Hollywood, finds that it's not that easy.

Undie RunTradition corralled: UCLA officials tame the Undie Run and bring it on campus.

They just get slower: A pickup softball game in West L.A. has been going for 30 years.

Da bomb: The Times' newsbox promo for Mission: Impossible III keeps bomb squads busy all over town.

Wolfgang Pucked: A certain editor of Bon Appétit gets dissed at Spago.

Men and their flip-flops: A New York Times story begets a trend piece and a blog entry.

Unmistakable: The aroma of Los Angeles in November.

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