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You’ve probably seen the instantly classic photo of Mark Zuckerberg cheerfully strutting past a crowd blinded by VR headsets at Mobile World Congress during Samsung’s press conference. Well, if you can believe it, that was just one of the many totally absurd moments from this year’s conference. Photographers snapped hundreds of other photos from the mobile tech event, and after a short look back, it’s safe to say this year was stranger than ever before.

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People use Samsung Gear VR during the presentation of the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge:

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This guy disobeyed Samsung’s orders and decided to check his phone:

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Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg (L) and President of Mobile Communications Business of Samsung D.J. Koh say goodbye during the presentation of the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge:

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And here’s a version I fixed. Much better.

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People enjoying a virtual reality experience at the Samsung pavilion. Woooo!

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A spectrum of joy:

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Visitors looking at the new Samsung Galaxy S7:

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Love is in the air:

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Visitors check new ZTE devices:

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This tiny landscape was used as clever way to test the phone camera. Handcrafted reality at its finest:

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A woman argues with members of ARRAN, a Catalan Pro-independence and Socialist youth organization, as they block the main road towards the Mobile World Congress:

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A really concerned young man pleads with a stranger:

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Visitors use Oculus VR-powered devices at Deutsche Telekom pavilion:

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Not sure if that’s a pair of sunglasses or a bra:

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Visitors try a virtual reality submarine experience at the SK Telecom stand:

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A submarine crew member judges your torpedoing skills:

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Visitors take a break on day 2 of the Mobile World Congress:

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Except this guy. He never takes a break:

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All photos by David Ramos/Getty Images

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