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With a picture worth a thousand words but room for just one lead story at a time, your HuffPost editors rely heavily on a great photo to punch up a top story. Sometimes they’re stirring, sometimes they’re hilarious, but we hope they’re always touching a nerve and leaving an impression on our readers.

Of course, a splash story wouldn’t be splashy without some turn-of-phrase or tongue-in-cheek action happening in the headline. Here are some of the big pictures (and the stories that inspired them) that we hope stuck with you in 2013.

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