For many of us, the past 364 days didn’t add up to a great year. This year was rife with stories about political chaos, obituaries for celebrities who left us too soon, ongoing violence in Baltimore and abroad, divisive police-involved incidents and court rulings, more political chaos and plenty else. But a freakshow year like this one also gave us plenty to laugh (or least smirk) about as we pondered the present and the future. Much of the humor produced by 2016 was dark, but sometimes that mixture of doom and laughter is exactly what people need to get by. With that in mind, we give you our most-read stories from 2016.