A funny, funny city
Heard the one about the 'L' and the snow?
A new study by the University of Colorado at Boulder ranks Chicago as America's funniest city — and not some year-round sunny and warm place like St. Petersburg or Tampa. They didn't even make the top 10. Chicago was followed by Boston and Atlanta. The researchers hailed Chicagoans for their witty banter and observational humor, citing the penchant for poking fun at the brutal weather and the Chicago Transit Authority. "The jokes that Chicagoans do tend to tell often feature deadpan and quick-witted humor, much of it directed at the foibles and frustrations of living in Chicago," according to the study. And, despite their funny ranking, it seems Chicagoans' jokes are repetitious. "For a place that's the funniest city in the country, Chicago doesn't seem to boast a lot of jokes," the study says.
Caught in the act
Officer rocked out a little too hard
A Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police officer accused of collecting disability for an arm injury while performing in a metal band called Cousin Sleaze is a real sleaze, according to federal prosecutors. They say Christopher Inserra, 32, fraudulently collected $30,486 in disability payments in the nearly two years he was out sick. Though he claimed to be in pain from the arm injury, photos from his performances show him "repeatedly moving his arms in a punching motion" and "violently flailing his arm," a criminal complaint said. Inserra pleaded guilty to fraud in federal court in Brooklyn on Tuesday. He faces up to 14 months in prison. He also must forfeit the $30,486.
Spud of a gun
Hand over cash or potato will shoot!
When a desperado tried to hold up a convenience store in Providence, R.I., he pulled out his loaded potato. WPRI-TV reports that the man entered the store Monday with the potato, pretended it was a gun, and shouted: "Give me the money." A police report says the store manager chased him off with a baseball bat. Police say he later went to a laundromat where an employee told them he came in carrying a potato and yelled: "I need the money." He was handed a $20 bill and left.
Compiled from wire services