It was difficult to look at the news in 2014 without seeing some deeply depressing headlines. Thankfully, there was a steady stream of weird news beneath the mountains of heartbreaking reports that helped us get through the year without resorting to drinking multiple cocktails each night. From a runaway criminal joining the Chicago Marathon to an infant making a scene at one of the world's best restaurants, these are the weird news stories that were crazy enough to make us chuckle.
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June 10 - Chicago businessman Beau D’Arcy has a dream: He wants to build a floating island on Lake Michigan called Breakwater that is only accessible by boat and will house restaurants, bars, dance clubs and a giant pool. According to DNAinfo, Ald. Brendan Reilly isn't thrilled about the proposed party barge and the increased risk of drunk boating won’t win over the Coast Guard. Miraculously, D’Arcy’s Kickstarter for the project was fully funded (to the tune of $60,000) and recent Facebook updates suggest that Breakwater is still moving forward.