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22nd May '17 10:26:48 PM awesomedude17
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* A Neo-nazi from Tampa converts to Islam, [[http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/suspect-tells-police-he-killed-roommates-for-disrespecting-his-muslim-faith/2324756 and eventually kills his roommates for showing disrespect for his beliefs.]] As if it wasn't complicated enough, [[http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/florida-keys/article151953257.html a third person ((also a Neo-nazi) connected to said double-homicide was apparently making explosives in his house.]]

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* A Neo-nazi from Tampa converts to Islam, [[http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/suspect-tells-police-he-killed-roommates-for-disrespecting-his-muslim-faith/2324756 and eventually kills his roommates for showing disrespect for his beliefs.]] As if it wasn't complicated enough, [[http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/florida-keys/article151953257.html a third fourth person ((also (also a Neo-nazi) connected to said double-homicide was apparently making explosives in his house.]]
22nd May '17 10:05:19 PM awesomedude17
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* A neo-nazi from Tampa converts to Islam, and eventually kills his roommates for showing disrespect for his beliefs. As if it wasn't complicated enough, a third person connected to said double-homicide was apparently making explosives in his house.

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* A neo-nazi Neo-nazi from Tampa converts to Islam, [[http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/suspect-tells-police-he-killed-roommates-for-disrespecting-his-muslim-faith/2324756 and eventually kills his roommates for showing disrespect for his beliefs. beliefs.]] As if it wasn't complicated enough, [[http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/florida-keys/article151953257.html a third person ((also a Neo-nazi) connected to said double-homicide was apparently making explosives in his house.]]
22nd May '17 10:04:17 PM awesomedude17
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* A neo-nazi from Tampa converts to Islam, and eventually kills his roommates for showing disrespect for his beliefs. As if it wasn't complicated enough, a third person connected to said double-homicide was apparently making explosives in his house.
22nd May '17 8:10:16 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* Some folks in Miami throw a weed party to celebrate the passage of Amendment 2 in 2016 legalizing medical marijuana. Apparently, they missed the "medical" part and thought that Florida had fully legalized it. Over fifty pounds of ganja were recovered in [[http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/miamians-throw-medical-marijuana-party-with-50-pounds-of-weed-get-arrested-by-city-of-miami-police-9364809 the ensuing, fully predictable drug bust]].
22nd May '17 3:51:04 PM missmoon
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** In fact, because of Florida's permissive records laws, it's why ''The Boston Globe'' [[http://www.wnyc.org/story/spotlight-investigative-reporting managed to]] uncover the massive Catholic Church sex abuse scandal: the editor in charge of the investigative team was a Miami transfer and he noticed the Church's criminal case records were sealed by the court and became suspicious.

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** In fact, because of Florida's permissive records laws, it's why ''The Boston Globe'' [[http://www.wnyc.org/story/spotlight-investigative-reporting managed to]] uncover the massive Catholic Church sex abuse scandal: the scandal. The editor in charge of the paper's investigative team was a had recently transferred from Miami transfer and he noticed in a legal column that the Church's criminal case records were sealed by the court. Because he was used to getting access to court and records, he immediately became suspicious.suspicious, and set the team out to figure out the truth.
22nd May '17 10:28:14 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* April 18, 2017: An otherwise-normal tennis match at the Sarasota Open gets interrupted by passionately loud sex noises from [[http://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2017/4/18/15352904/tennis-match-gets-interrupted-by-passionately-loud-sex-noises from across the lake]]

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* April 18, 2017: An otherwise-normal tennis match at the Sarasota Open gets interrupted by passionately loud sex noises from [[http://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2017/4/18/15352904/tennis-match-gets-interrupted-by-passionately-loud-sex-noises from across the lake]]lake]].
* Many cities have gun-buyback programs as a means of getting guns off the streets, allowing people to turn in unwanted guns in exchange for cash or other items (such as free shoes), no questions asked. In 2007, Orlando held such a program... [[http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2007-08-18/news/GUNS18_1_hot-guns-zip-guns-missile-launcher and got a surface-to-air missile launcher]]. (It didn't have [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/6953374.stm any actual missiles]], however.)
20th May '17 1:37:02 PM DesertDragon
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Of course, Florida doesn't ''actually'' have more weirdos than any other state with a large and diverse population. They're just more willing to talk about it. In most other states, the details of crimes and legal proceedings are either classified or not readily available, whereas Florida is quite proud of its [[http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/how-floridas-proud-open-government-laws-lead-to-the-shame-of-florida-man-news-stories-7608595 "strong sunshine"]] (read: transparency in government) laws, which give reporters easier access to police reports and court documents. So whereas an Ohio headline would read "Maple Heights woman arrested after assaulting sister," a ''Florida'' headline will go the extra mile and say "Manatee woman[[note]]That is, a woman from Manatee county, ''not'' some half-human aberration[[/note]] punched sister during fight over vibrator."

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Of course, Florida doesn't ''actually'' have more weirdos than any other state with a large and diverse population. They're just more willing to talk about it. In most other states, the details of crimes and legal proceedings are either classified or not readily available, available right away, whereas Florida is quite proud of its [[http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/how-floridas-proud-open-government-laws-lead-to-the-shame-of-florida-man-news-stories-7608595 "strong sunshine"]] (read: transparency in government) laws, laws]], which give reporters easier access to police reports and court documents. So whereas an Ohio headline would read "Maple Heights woman arrested after assaulting sister," a ''Florida'' headline will go the extra mile and say "Manatee woman[[note]]That is, a woman from Manatee county, County, ''not'' some half-human aberration[[/note]] punched sister during fight over vibrator."
20th May '17 6:46:59 AM DesertDragon
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And that's just from one day's worth of news in the Persistent Vegetative State. Quite literally one day's worth of news: All of the above are summaries of Website/{{Fark}} items from March 12, 2008. [[BerserkButton Don't get us started on the 2000 Presidential election either]]. Considering that development and housing construction are such a major sector that the state's entire economy has been described as a giant {{Ponzi}} scheme, that's a ''problem''.

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And that's just from one day's worth of news in the Persistent Vegetative State. Quite literally one day's worth of news: All of the above are summaries of Website/{{Fark}} items from March 12, 2008. [[BerserkButton Don't get us started on the 2000 Presidential election either]]. Considering that development and housing construction are such a major sector that the state's entire economy has been described as a giant {{Ponzi}} scheme, that's a ''problem''.
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20th May '17 6:41:49 AM DesertDragon
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Of course, Florida doesn't ''actually'' have more weirdos than any other state with a large and diverse population. They're just more willing to talk about it. Most other states have laws that conceal the details of crimes from the media, whereas Florida is quite proud of its [[http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/how-floridas-proud-open-government-laws-lead-to-the-shame-of-florida-man-news-stories-7608595 "strong sunshine"]] (read: transparency in government) laws, which give reporters easier access to police reports and court documents. So whereas an Ohio headline would read, "Maple Heights woman arrested after assaulting sister," a ''Florida'' headline will go the extra mile and say, "Manatee woman[[note]]That is, a woman from Manatee county, ''not'' some half-human half-manatee aberration[[/note]] punched sister during fight over vibrator."

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Of course, Florida doesn't ''actually'' have more weirdos than any other state with a large and diverse population. They're just more willing to talk about it. Most In most other states have laws that conceal states, the details of crimes from the media, and legal proceedings are either classified or not readily available, whereas Florida is quite proud of its [[http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/how-floridas-proud-open-government-laws-lead-to-the-shame-of-florida-man-news-stories-7608595 "strong sunshine"]] (read: transparency in government) laws, which give reporters easier access to police reports and court documents. So whereas an Ohio headline would read, read "Maple Heights woman arrested after assaulting sister," a ''Florida'' headline will go the extra mile and say, say "Manatee woman[[note]]That is, a woman from Manatee county, ''not'' some half-human half-manatee aberration[[/note]] punched sister during fight over vibrator."
20th May '17 6:34:11 AM DesertDragon
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Prior to the paper folding, the ''Magazine/WeeklyWorldNews'' was based in South Florida.

A lot of talented writers (Creator/DaveBarry, Creator/CarlHiaasen) work for newspapers in Florida, which is perhaps why so much is known about the state's quirks. The state has a number of excellent newspapers, largely the result of its [[http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/how-floridas-proud-open-government-laws-lead-to-the-shame-of-florida-man-news-stories-7608595 strong sunshine]] (read: transparency in government) laws. This means that accessing police reports and court documents is ''incredibly'' easy.

Often used [[AccentuateTheNegative negatively]] as a NoTrueScotsman fallacy, in which someone says something negative "can only happen in Florida", [[{{Hypocrite}} regardless if any other part of the country or the world]] [[NotSoDifferent can or has been subjected to it]].

It is to their credit that most Floridians laugh along with this sort of joke. To the extent there's truth to this trope, it's probably a reflection of the state's sheer size: Florida is ''huge'', and tens of millions of people live there. It's been said that there are at least three different states within Florida. Lots of people in one place equals lots of weird people in one place equals lots of weird stories coming from one place. You see lots of odd stuff in California and New York City too, for instance.

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Prior Of course, Florida doesn't ''actually'' have more weirdos than any other state with a large and diverse population. They're just more willing to the paper folding, the ''Magazine/WeeklyWorldNews'' was based in South Florida.

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talk about it. Most other states have laws that conceal the state's quirks. The state has a number details of excellent newspapers, largely crimes from the result media, whereas Florida is quite proud of its [[http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/how-floridas-proud-open-government-laws-lead-to-the-shame-of-florida-man-news-stories-7608595 strong sunshine]] "strong sunshine"]] (read: transparency in government) laws. This means that accessing laws, which give reporters easier access to police reports and court documents documents. So whereas an Ohio headline would read, "Maple Heights woman arrested after assaulting sister," a ''Florida'' headline will go the extra mile and say, "Manatee woman[[note]]That is, a woman from Manatee county, ''not'' some half-human half-manatee aberration[[/note]] punched sister during fight over vibrator."

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is ''incredibly'' easy.

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perhaps for this reason that Florida has a NoTrueScotsman fallacy, in number of excellent newspapers, and several famous journalists like Creator/DaveBarry and Creator/CarlHiaasen got their start here, which someone says something negative "can only happen in Florida", [[{{Hypocrite}} regardless if any other part of the country or the world]] [[NotSoDifferent can or has been subjected to it]].

It
is to their credit that most Floridians laugh along with this sort of joke. To the extent there's truth to this trope, it's probably a reflection of perhaps why so much is known about the state's sheer size: Florida is ''huge'', and tens of millions of people live there. It's been said that there are at least three different states within Florida. Lots of people in one place equals lots of weird people in one place equals lots of weird stories coming quirks. Also, the now-defunct tabloid ''Magazine/WeeklyWorldNews'', known for its ''extremely'' bizarre cover stories, was based here as well, doubtlessly drawing inspiration from one place. You see lots of odd stuff in California and New York City too, for instance.
the local headlines.
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