Is there anyone that is not amused by weird, funny and bizarre news? Stupid criminals, far-out inventions, local characters... for many of us, those are the stories that make the news worth reading! Here are some crazy headlines from around Illinois, Missouri and Iowa.

The Huffington Post: Fake Cops Posing As Chicago Officers Pull Over Real Off-Duty Cop During Bogus Traffic Stop

If you're going to dress up like a police officer and pull people over - which is a really terrible idea, by the way - it's probably not smart to pull over real police officers.

David Lentz

The Quad-City Times: RI police arrest man found naked and covered in Crisco

What was a naked man doing covered in Crisco? "Looking to party," of course. Not surprisingly, police "seized a quantity of drugs they suspected were methamphetamine."


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis jobseeker mailed feces to companies that failed to hire him

It always stinks when you don't get the job, but something tells us that the company in question made the right call.

Jani Bryson

The Huffington Post: Kansas City Police Open Fire At Lawn Ornament, Mistaking It For An Alligator 

Believe it or not, it actually took two shots from a rifle before police realized they were firing on a piece of concrete.


WHO-TV: Woodward Man Driving on Wood

This guy actually drives a Cadillac that runs on wood. Appropriately enough, he's from Woodward.


The Des Moines Register:  Brother arrested in fight over peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

You know, I fought over all kinds of things with my brothers. Probably even some things that were dumber than peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. But it really never got so serious that anyone needed to be arrested.


The Gazette: Suspect in Iowa City ice cream store theft: Conor P. Fudge

Reports don't mention exactly what flavors of cakes and ice cream that Mr. Fudge is accused of stealing, but one can guess.

Bob Ingelhart