A lot of people in British Columbia might like to forget that 2013 ever happened.

Throughout the year, we learned about some hilarious and embarrassing pratfalls by politicians, prominent businesspeople and others who really should have known better.

So without further ado, here are some of the dumbest moments of 2013.

Check out some of the best dumb B.C. stories of 2013. The story continues below the slideshow:

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  • March: Fugitive Lookalikes Caught In B.C.

    California fugitives Dustin Ilar and Daniel Mota thought they could fool police by passing themselves off as each other while hiding out in Victoria. They reportedly hoped that police would question Ilar thinking he was Mota and be forced back to the drawing board. Alas, no dice. Victoria police arrested the pair and handed them over to the Canada Border Services Agency.

  • March: Victoria Bank Robber Returns To Scene Of Failed Heist

    A would-be robber entered a Victoria bank and asked a teller for feedback on how his heist was going. Confronted with silence (and a lack of cash), he fled the scene, only to return, peer in the window and check on the progress of the investigation. He was arrested shortly after.

  • March: Lululemon's Sheer Pants

    Lululemon found itself bending over backward to recover its reputation after it emerged that its Lu-On stretch pants were too sheer. CEO Christine Day said in an earnings call that the only way to tell whether they were transparent was if customers <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/21/lululemon-sheer-pant_n_2924326.html?ir=Canada%20British%20Columbia" target="_hplink">bent over</a>. And that <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/03/26/lululemon-recall-customer_n_2955731.html?ir=Canada%20British%20Columbia" target="_hplink">allegedly happened</a> in some outlets, as angry customers claimed on the company's Facebook page that sales clerks instructed them to bend and prove that you could see through the garments. The company later pulled the items off their shelves and re-sold them as "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/13/lululemon-second-chance-pant_n_4267342.html" target="_hplink">Second Chance</a>" pants.

  • April: Mischa Popoff Tries To Defend Himself

    It was bad enough when Mischa Popoff made offensive comments about single moms. The dumped B.C. Conservative candidate dug himself into a deeper hole when he made an unintentionally hilarious YouTube video in an effort to defend himself. The video shows Popoff claiming he was being bullied, hammering the point home with a bull by his side. The message, however, was lost as the bull began to ram him in the butt as he spoke.

  • May: Christy Clark Runs A Red Light At Her Son's Urging

    Christy Clark threw caution to the wind when, at her son's urging, she ran a red light through an empty intersection with a Vancouver Sun reporter sitting in the back of the car. It gave the NDP some fuel to use against the premier in the election campaign. But that was quickly forgotten when...

  • May: "I Was 35 Years Old"

    ...Adrian Dix blamed his decision to forge a memo on being "35 years old." The quote gave the B.C. Liberals one of the most effective attack ads in the campaign: "I'm under 35 and I take responsibility."

  • May: The Pollsters Were So, So Wrong

    All along, the pollsters told us we could be certain of a B.C. NDP victory in the May provincial election. But the results stunned us all with a B.C. Liberal majority that few saw coming. This tweet summed it up perfectly: "Time to update an old Reagan joke... friend needed Halloween costume so put egg on his face and went as a pollster.."

  • July: Badminton Fight At Canada Open Doubles Final Sparks Probe

    The world wasn't watching, but it did after badminton players Bodin Issara and Maneepong Jongjit came to blows at the Canada Open in Richmond. Issara received a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/08/06/bodin-issara-maneepong-jongjit-badminton-fight_n_3714000.html" target="_hplink">two-year ban</a> from the sport and Jongjit was suspended for three months.

  • October: Northern Gateway Poetry Makes The Muses Weep

    Enbridge proved itself to be worse at poetry than the Vogons when the oil giant dropped some truly pathetic free verse in an ad. The attempt was rightly (and mercilessly) mocked on Twitter.

  • November: Chip Wilson's Big, Stupid Mouth

    Lululemon founder Chip Wilson went on Bloomberg TV and said that "some women's bodies just actually don't work" in the yogawear retailer's clothes. Wilson <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/08/chip-wilson-apologizes_n_4243695.html" target="_hplink">expressed regret</a> for the comments, saying he was "sad for the repercussions of my actions," but it wouldn't be long before he was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/12/10/chip-wilson-resigns-lululemon_n_4417003.html?ir=Canada%20British%20Columbia" target="_hplink">out as company chairman</a>.

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  • January: Ukrainian Teen Spots Rare Discovery On B.C.'s Ocean Floor

    Teenager Kirill Dudko from Donetsk, Ukraine made waves as a citizen scientist after spotting an elephant seal eat a hagfish on B.C.'s ocean floor, and emailing researchers in Victoria to alert them to this rare sighting.

  • February: Fire Splash Photo In B.C. Goes Viral

    B.C. photographer Rob Leslie's spectacular "fire splash" picture showed a rock hitting the water and apparently setting the sea aflame. No surprise it was named "National Geographic Photo of the Day."

  • February: Tad Milmine, Gay RCMP Officer, Fights Bullying

    B.C. RCMP Const. Tad Milmine took his "Bullying Ends Here" campaign to over 15,000 students in Canada and the U.S., teaching schoolkids about how to stand up to harassment.

  • February: Cody Green Dances With The Stars At The Oscars

    Cody Green danced up close and personal with Catherine Zeta-Jones at the 2013 Oscars. The Surrey-raised performer was handpicked by awards choreographer Rob Ashford because of his work on Broadway. Green had previously performed in "West Side Story" and "Grease."

  • June: Bob Erb Gives Huge Tip To Diner Owner After Lotto Win

    Terrace's Bob Erb made last year's good news list when he won a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/12/04/bob-erb-lotto-max-winner_n_2238220.html" target="_blank">$25 million Lotto Max</a> jackpot. He made this year's list, not by good luck, but through a good deed, when he left a $10,000 tip for the owner of a Saskatchewan diner whose daughter had been recently diagnosed with cancer.

  • June: Megan Kelly Yearbook Quote From Harry Potter Goes Viral

    Parksville's Megan Kelly turned the traditional Yearbook quote on its head when she altered a phrase from "Harry Potter" to read, "Master has given Megan a high school diploma. Megan is freeeee!" The quote, which she posted to her Tumblr account, drew over 1.2 million views after it was shared on Imgur and Reddit.

  • June: "Hobbit House" May Be Saved Amid Townhomes

    Hobbit-lovers in Vancouver were ready to call on Gandalf to save a Tolkien-like home on King Edward Avenue after it was sold. But developer David Mooney engaged Donald Luxton, a heritage consultant, to see whether the popular home could be incorporated into a new project.

  • June: Simon Nessman Becomes Number 2 Model in the World

    2013 was a great year for models from B.C. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/01/22/ashley-diana-morris-guess-model-vancouver_n_2529880.html" target="_blank">Ashley Diana Morris</a> was named the new face of Guess, while <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/03/08/kate-bock-sports-illustrated-swimsuit-rookie-photos_n_2841052.html" target="_blank">Kate Bock</a> was voted Sports Illustrated's "Swimsuit Rookie of the Year." But Vargas Island's Simon Nessman topped them all after being ranked second in the world's male models by models.com.

  • July: Jessica Kruger, Quadriplegic Model Wins Lise Watier's "Something Sweet" Campaign

    Quadriplegic SFU student Jessica Kruger sought to prove that <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/jessica-kruger/jessica-kruger-quadriplegic-model_b_3380404.html?ir=Canada%20British%20Columbia" target="_blank">"different" is beautiful</a> when she entered a contest to be the new face of Lise Watier's "Something Sweet" perfume. The Coquitlam woman beat out 400 other contestants.

  • July: Patricia Celan, B.C. Pageant Contestant, Shaves Her Head

    Patricia Celan wasn't content with a tiara. Just after winning Miss Charity BC in the Miss BC pageant, the White Rock woman had her head shaved on stage at Langley's Chief Sepass Theatre. Her message? "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/07/08/patricia-celan-miss-bc-head-shave-cancer_n_3563522.html" target="_blank">You can be beautiful, even with short hair.</a>"

  • July: Lucy Johnson, Missing B.C. Woman, Found In Yukon

    Miracles do, apparently, happen. Fifty years after she went missing, Lucy Johnson, who was found in the Yukon by her daughter Linda Evans. She was <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-woman-reunites-with-yukon-mom-missing-52-years-1.1930668" target="_hplink">reunited</a> with her daughter in September.

  • July: Jenny Stewart's Mountie Dream Comes True

    Jenny Stewart had dreamed of meeting a Mountie in Red Serge since she was 10 years old in her native Scotland. Her wish finally came true at the age of 88, when an RCMP officer wearing the force's traditional outfit visited her at a hospice in Port Alberni.

  • August: Kayla Smith's Stolen Bike Stolen Back After Spotting Craigslist Ad

    Revenge is a dish best served cold, says the old Klingon proverb. But Kayla Smith served hers with a smile when she stole back her own bike after it was lifted from Vancouver's Olympic Village and put up for sale on Craigslist. Smith met the seller, tried out the bike, then rode away and never came back.

  • September: Ann Makosinski Wins Her Category At The Google Science Fair

    Victoria whiz kid Ann Makosinski has a bright future after winning the age 15-16 category at the Google Science Fair with her hand-powered flashlight, which turns on simply by holding it. Her prize was a $25,000 scholarship that may allow her to continue her education at a major U.S. school.

  • September: Steve Thurber's Message In A Bottle Near Tofino May Be World's Oldest

    If you found the world's oldest message in a bottle, would you open it up and read it? Courtenay's Steve Thurber couldn't bear to after finding a bottle with an envelope dated Sept. 29, 1906 on Schooner's Cove Beach in Tofino. When he looked online, he discovered that the next oldest bottle was just under 98-years-old, a few years short of his 107-year-old discovery.

  • October: "Yertle The Turtle" Ban Lifted From B.C. Classrooms

    Who could deny schoolchildren the best-ever story on the subject of turtle stacking? The Prince Rupert School District, apparently. Back in 2012, a teacher in the northern B.C. town was told she could not display a quote from Dr. Seuss' "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/04/25/yertle-the-turtle-banned_n_1451745.html?ir=Canada%20British%20Columbia" target="_hplink">Yertle the Turtle</a>" that read, "I know up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here on the bottom, we too should have rights," because it was deemed too political. Common sense eventually prevailed, but not until the B.C. Teachers' Federation settled a freedom of expression grievance with the B.C. Public School Employers' Association.

  • November: Facebook Fundraisers For Erica Macklin's Family Bring Strangers Together

    Social media users stepped up in a big way for Richmond's Erica Macklin and her family when her husband Paul died from skin graft surgery complications. Members of the Facebook group <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/615526121805319/" target="_hplink">Richmond B.C. Bidding Wars</a>, where users normally sold furniture, toys and clothes, raised money and cooked meals for Macklin and her four children, even though many only knew her through the social network.

  • November: Emily Morris Wins Mitacs Award

    UBC student Emily Morris won the national Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation for her work on a genetic condition known as 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. Patients with the condition are missing chromosomes and suffer heart defects, immune problems and learning disabilities. They also face higher risks of psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia and psychosis. Morris's research found that geneticists with higher levels of stigma around mental illness were unlikely to discuss the psychiatric risks with patients' families.

  • November: Keian Blundell Becomes An Honourary Mountie

    Langley's Keian Blundell was diagnosed with leukemia in July 2012. His trips to the hospital in Vancouver would take him past RCMP headquarters, which led to dreams of joining the force. And the Mounties were only too happy to oblige his wish., making him a miniature, personalized red serge uniform and naming him an honourary constable.

  • November: Jessie MacIvor's Facebook Gallery Will Warm Your Heart

    Jessie MacIvor, an artist with Down Syndrome from Princeton, saw her colourful drawings go viral after she shared them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/jessiesarts30" target="_hplink">Facebook</a>.

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  • 10. Happiest Construction Worker In B.C.

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/13/carry-thomas-dancing-flagger-kamloops_n_1882243.html" target="_hplink">Carry Thomas</a>, a veteran flagger, often dances to her own unique rhythm as she directs traffic in Kamloops. "Life is too short to be grumpy," she says.

  • 9. Wayward Tortoise Reunited With B.C. Family

    A <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/18/african-spurred-tortoise-cowichan_n_1892332.html" target="_hplink">60-year-old tortoise named Alf</a> made a "run" for it along a remote Vancouver Island highway in September. Against the odds, he was scooped up by an alert motorist, brought to a care centre and finally reunited with his family.

  • 8. Vancouver Island Girl's SPCA Donation

    Vancouver Island Girl's SPCA Donation Goes Viral On Reddit Kiana, a girl from Vancouver Island, sold her stuffed animals for $40 and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/12/14/vancouver-island-girl-spca-donation-viral-reddit_n_2299794.html" target="_hplink">donated it to the B.C. SPCA</a> so "real animals can get better care."

  • 7. Aboriginal Languages Reclaimed By Native Gen Y

    Clyde Tallio, 25, is part of a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/11/30/aboriginal-language-native-gen-y-bc-millenial_n_2019250.html?utm_hp_ref=vancouver" target="_hplink">movement of young aboriginals</a> who are working to save their native languages. He's taken a leading role in trying to teach younger students in their traditional tongue. Dustin Rivers, a 22-year-old community activist, has been teaching Squamish Nation members at "Language Nights."

  • 6. Dolphins, Rainbow Captivate Horseshoe Bay Boaters

    A group of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/10/30/dolphins-rainbow-horseshoe-bay-video-youtube_n_2045749.html" target="_hplink">boaters in Horseshoe Bay</a> got the ultimate B.C. experience when a pod of dolphins began following their water taxi back to shore — while a rainbow arched over the water.

  • 5. Lotto Winner Spreads Wealth Around

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/12/04/bob-erb-lotto-max-winner_n_2238220.html">Bob Erb</a>, a pot activist, won a $25-million Lotto Max jackpot in November. Erb, 60, shared his new wealth around Terrace, B.C., showing up unannounced at local charities and businesses, and making sizable donations.

  • 4. RCMP "It Gets Better' Video

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/11/05/it-gets-better-rcmp-video_n_2079929.html" target="_hplink">Gay and lesbian RCMP officers</a> in B.C.'s Lower Mainland released a powerful video sharing their struggles and personal stories. It was a rare and inspiring look into the Mounties who don't often get credit for the positive work they do.

  • 3. 7-Year-Old Calls 911, Saves Grandfather In Chilliwack

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/10/31/evan-raap-calls-911-7-year-old-hero-boy-saves-grandfather-chilliwack_n_2051075.html" target="_hplink">Evan Rapp, 7, was hailed as a hero</a> for saving his grandfather with a 911 call after the man keeled over in a minivan at the side of the road in Chilliwack, B.C. in October. During the 13-minute 911 call, Raap provided details about a store and train tracks they'd passed before stopping on a gravel road. The information helped guide a police officer to the scene before an ambulance arrived.

  • 2. RCMP Officer Saves Suicidal Woman

    Sechelt <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/08/31/harrison-mohr-sechelt-rcmp_n_1847729.html" target="_hplink">RCMP Const. Harrison Mohr</a> jumped into the ocean to save a woman who tried to commit suicide. He used his crisis intervention training to calm her down and get her to talk to him. "When it comes down to it, I did what Canadians would expect any RCMP officer to do, and I'd trust any officer I work with to do the same," he said.

  • 1. Oldest Couple Conquer Mount Kilimanjaro

    Age be damned. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/10/03/esther-martin-kafer-oldest-couple-kilimanjaro_n_1937621.html" target="_hplink">Esther Kafer, 84, and her husband Martin</a>, 85, reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in October, becoming the oldest known couple to do so, according to the Alzheimer's Society of B.C. Motivated by the rapid advancement of Martin's sister's dementia, the couple took part in the climb to help raise money for the society.

March: Lookalike Fugitives Caught In B.C.

California fugitives Dustin Ilar and Daniel Mota thought they could fool police by passing themselves off as each other while hiding out in Victoria. They reportedly hoped that police would question Ilar thinking he was Mota and be forced back to the drawing board. Alas, no dice. Victoria police arrested the pair and handed them over to the Canada Border Services Agency.

March: Victoria Bank Robber Returns To Scene Of Failed Heist

A would-be robber entered a Victoria bank and asked a teller for feedback on how his heist was going. Confronted with silence (and a lack of cash), he fled the scene, only to return, peer in the window and check on the progress of the investigation. He was arrested shortly after.

March: Lululemon's Sheer Pants

Lululemon found itself bending over backward to recover its reputation after it emerged that its Lu-On stretch pants were too sheer. CEO Christine Day said in an earnings call that the only way to tell whether they were transparent was if customers bent over. And that allegedly happened in some outlets, as angry customers claimed on the company's Facebook page that sales clerks instructed them to bend and prove that you could see through the garments. The company later pulled the items off their shelves and re-sold them as "Second Chance" pants.

April: Mischa Popoff, Dumped Candidate, Tries To Defend Himself

It was bad enough when Mischa Popoff made offensive comments about single moms. The dumped B.C. Conservative candidate dug himself into a deeper hole when he made an unintentionally hilarious YouTube video in an effort to defend himself. The video shows Popoff claiming he was being bullied, hammering the point home with a bull by his side. The message, however, was lost as the bull began to ram him in the butt as he spoke.

May: Christy Clark Ran A Red Light

Christy Clark threw caution to the wind when, at her son's urging, she ran a red light through an empty intersection with a Vancouver Sun reporter sitting in the back of the car. It gave the NDP some fuel to use against the premier in the election campaign. But that was quickly forgotten when...

May: Adrian Dix Says He Was 35 Years Old

...Adrian Dix blamed his decision to forge a memo on being "35 years old." The quote gave the B.C. Liberals one of the most effective attack ads in the campaign: "I'm under 35 and I take responsibility."

July: Badminton Fight At Canada Open Doubles Final Sparks Probe

The world wasn't watching, but it did after badminton players Bodin Issara and Maneepong Jongjit came to blows at the Canada Open in Richmond. Issara received a two-year ban from the sport and Jongjit was suspended for three months.

October: Northern Gateway Poetry Makes The Muses Weep

Enbridge proved itself to be worse at poetry than the Vogons when the oil giant dropped some truly pathetic free verse in an ad. The attempt was rightly (and mercilessly) mocked on Twitter.

November: Chip Wilson's Big, Stupid Mouth

Lululemon founder Chip Wilson went on Bloomberg TV and said that "some women's bodies just actually don't work" in the yogawear retailer's clothes. Wilson expressed regret for the comments, saying he was "sad for the repercussions of my actions," but it wouldn't be long before he was out as company chairman.

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