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10th Sep '17 6:26:45 AM Technicolourtardis
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* September, 2017. With Hurricane Irma coming in, the logical solution to some Floridians was not "evacuate", but apparently [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/08/florida-gun-owners-encouraged-shoot-storm-fire-guns-hurricane/ shoot the hurricane]]. It prompted a warning tweet from a completely different state about how this was a bad idea. While the event started out as a joke, there are, of course, people who are serious about it.
6th Sep '17 2:03:37 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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* The town of Lauderhill, Florida invited Creator/JamesEarlJones to speak at a [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement Martin Luther King, Jr.]] celebration, and sought to give him a plaque to commemorate the occasion. [[EpicFail Only for the plaque to come back honoring James Earl]] '''[[EpicFail Ray]]''', ''the man who assassinated King''. [[http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/outrage/mlkday.asp Pics here]].

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* The town of Lauderhill, Florida invited Creator/JamesEarlJones to speak at a [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement Martin Luther King, Jr.]] celebration, and sought to give him a plaque to commemorate the occasion. [[EpicFail Only for the plaque to come back honoring James Earl]] '''[[EpicFail Ray]]''', Earl '''Ray''', ''the man who assassinated King''. [[http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/outrage/mlkday.asp Pics here]].



* Former attorney and well known anti-video game MoralGuardian Jack Thompson operated out of Florida, and was officially disbarred from ever practicing law in the state in 2007, when even the Florida Supreme Court had grown tired of his antics (some of his actions were legitimately illegal). He's also officially been declared a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vexatious_litigation vexatious litigant]] by the State of Florida and may not file ''anything'' without prior approval from a member of the Florida Bar.

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* Former attorney and well known anti-video game MoralGuardian moral guardian Jack Thompson operated out of Florida, and was officially disbarred from ever practicing law in the state in 2007, when even the Florida Supreme Court had grown tired of his antics (some of his actions were legitimately illegal). He's also officially been declared a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vexatious_litigation vexatious litigant]] by the State of Florida and may not file ''anything'' without prior approval from a member of the Florida Bar.



* A popular {{urban legend|s}} claims that the "love bug", a species of marsh fly loathed by drivers across the South for its acidic body chemistry and habit of getting splattered on moving vehicles (leading to paint and radiator corrosion), had its origins in a University of Florida genetics experiment GoneHorriblyWrong. Most versions claim it was made to control mosquito populations, either by breeding with them and producing infertile offspring or by eating their larvae. [[http://www.snopes.com/critters/lurkers/lovebugs.asp It's not true]], as they're actually an introduced species native to Central America, but that hasn't stopped the story from being spread far and wide (especially at [[TheRival Florida State University]]).

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* A popular {{urban legend|s}} claims that the "love bug", a species of marsh fly loathed by drivers across the South for its acidic body chemistry and habit of getting splattered on moving vehicles (leading to paint and radiator corrosion), had its origins in a University of Florida genetics experiment GoneHorriblyWrong.gone horribly wrong. Most versions claim it was made to control mosquito populations, either by breeding with them and producing infertile offspring or by eating their larvae. [[http://www.snopes.com/critters/lurkers/lovebugs.asp It's not true]], as they're actually an introduced species native to Central America, but that hasn't stopped the story from being spread far and wide (especially at [[TheRival Florida State University]]).



* [[http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/a-miami-neighborhood-is-still-legally-known-as-swastika-park-8221981 An area of Little Havana in Miami]] can still be legally called ''[[UnfortunateNames Swastika Park]]''.

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* [[http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/a-miami-neighborhood-is-still-legally-known-as-swastika-park-8221981 An area of Little Havana in Miami]] can still be legally called ''[[UnfortunateNames Swastika Park]]''.''Swastika Park''.



* Florida governor Rick Scott was heckled in a coffee shop, with said heckling going viral on YouTube. While being heckled could happen anywhere, Rick Scott's response could only happen in Florida, which is why it lands here: He [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwRx8-Hjlk0 released an attack ad]] against said heckler, who, for the record, was not running for any office, nor (as he claimed in his ad) receiving public assistance, [[EvilIsPetty simply because her rant went viral.]]

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* Florida governor Rick Scott was heckled in a coffee shop, with said heckling going viral on YouTube. While being heckled could happen anywhere, Rick Scott's response could only happen in Florida, which is why it lands here: He [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwRx8-Hjlk0 released an attack ad]] against said heckler, who, for the record, was not running for any office, nor (as he claimed in his ad) receiving public assistance, [[EvilIsPetty simply because her rant went viral.]]



* More proof that mere exposure to Florida can cause a reaction: a man from [[CanadaEh Calgary]], after being kicked off his flight home for erratic behavior (including claiming that he was the pilot and demanding to sit in the pilot's chair), stole [[http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/dont-do-crystal-meth-calgarian-accused-in-pantless-florida-airport-joyride-released-from-jail a luggage tug]] at Orlando International Airport while not wearing any pants, taking it on a joyride across the runway. His response after being arrested? [[DrugsAreBad "Don't do crystal meth."]]
* February 16, 2017: a man in Ocala is [[http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-mark-barnett-explosives-target20170216-story.html arrested]] for plotting to bomb ten [[UnfortunateNames Target]] big-box stores up and down the East Coast. What makes it a true Florida story is the fact that it ''wasn't'' motivated by ideology (i.e. terrorism) or even a personal grudge; rather, it was a hare-brained scheme to drive down Target's stock price so he could snatch up cheap stock in the company and get rich once it rebounded.

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* More proof that mere exposure to Florida can cause a reaction: a man from [[CanadaEh Calgary]], after being kicked off his flight home for erratic behavior (including claiming that he was the pilot and demanding to sit in the pilot's chair), stole [[http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/dont-do-crystal-meth-calgarian-accused-in-pantless-florida-airport-joyride-released-from-jail a luggage tug]] at Orlando International Airport while not wearing any pants, taking it on a joyride across the runway. His response after being arrested? [[DrugsAreBad "Don't do crystal meth."]]
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* February 16, 2017: a man in Ocala is [[http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-mark-barnett-explosives-target20170216-story.html arrested]] for plotting to bomb ten [[UnfortunateNames Target]] Target big-box stores up and down the East Coast. What makes it a true Florida story is the fact that it ''wasn't'' motivated by ideology (i.e. terrorism) or even a personal grudge; rather, it was a hare-brained scheme to drive down Target's stock price so he could snatch up cheap stock in the company and get rich once it rebounded.
4th Sep '17 1:30:17 AM NaraNumas
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* Former attorney Jack Thompson operated out of Florida, and was officially disbarred from ever practicing law in the state in 2007, when even the Florida Supreme Court had grown tired of his antics (some of his actions were legitimately illegal). He's also officially been declared a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vexatious_litigation vexatious litigant]] by the State of Florida and may not file ''anything'' without prior approval from a member of the Florida Bar.

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* Former attorney and well known anti-video game MoralGuardian Jack Thompson operated out of Florida, and was officially disbarred from ever practicing law in the state in 2007, when even the Florida Supreme Court had grown tired of his antics (some of his actions were legitimately illegal). He's also officially been declared a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vexatious_litigation vexatious litigant]] by the State of Florida and may not file ''anything'' without prior approval from a member of the Florida Bar.
11th Aug '17 8:10:46 PM TheJ0ker
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* Blackburn, the setting of ''Literature/{{Mavericks}}'', is a dark version of this, a ViceCity with some very weird supervillains running the place.
6th Aug '17 2:50:30 PM Kotomikun
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* Creator/DaveBarry, the Miami-based humorist. [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer He says he is not making these things up]]. And his Boca Raton-based counterpart, Frank Cerabino, as well as any other local humor columnists in the state.

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* Creator/DaveBarry, the Miami-based humorist. [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer He says he is not making these things up]].up]], and has commented that all one really has to do to be funny is live in Florida and write about whatever happened that day. And his Boca Raton-based counterpart, Frank Cerabino, as well as any other local humor columnists in the state.
29th Jul '17 9:10:56 PM vehement
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* The entire Terri Schaivo case took place in Florida. For those who don't know, Terri Schaivo was a woman who had a heart attack and slipped into a vegetative state. Her husband wanted to remove her feeding tube after a year, but her parents argued against it. What followed was an absolute disaster of court cases, appeals, activism, an incident where her feeding tube was removed and promptly reinserted days later, and government involvment, which included President GeorgeWBush. Needless to say, her feeding tube was removed for good '''fifteen years''' after her initial medical crisis. As always, TheOtherWiki has more complete coverage [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terri_Schiavo_case here.]]

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* The entire Terri Schaivo Schiavo case took place in Florida. For those who don't know, Terri Schaivo Schiavo was a woman who had a heart attack and slipped into a vegetative state. Her husband wanted to remove her feeding tube after a year, but her parents argued against it. What followed was an absolute disaster of court cases, appeals, activism, an incident where her feeding tube was removed and promptly reinserted days later, and government involvment, which included President GeorgeWBush. Needless to say, her feeding tube was removed for good '''fifteen years''' after her initial medical crisis. As always, TheOtherWiki has more complete coverage [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terri_Schiavo_case here.]]
29th Jul '17 10:07:36 AM vehement
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* The entire Terri Schaivo case took place in Florida. For those who don't know, Terri Schaivo was a woman who had a heart attack and slipped into a vegetative state. Her husband wanted to remove her feeding tube after a year, but her parents argued against it. What followed was an absolute disaster of court cases, appeals, activism, an incident where her feeding tube was removed and promptly reinserted days later, and government involvment, which included President GeorgeWBush. Needless to say, her feeding tube was removed for good '''fifteen years''' after her initial medical crisis. As always, TheOtherWiki has more complete coverage [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terri_Schiavo_case here.]]

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* The entire Terri Schaivo case took place in Florida. For those who don't know, Terri Schaivo was a woman who had a heart attack and slipped into a vegetative state. Her husband wanted to remove her feeding tube after a year, but her parents argued against it. What followed was an absolute disaster of court cases, appeals, activism, an incident where her feeding tube was removed and promptly reinserted days later, and government involvment, which included President GeorgeWBush. Needless to say, her feeding tube was removed for good '''fifteen years''' after her initial medical crisis. As always, TheOtherWiki has more complete coverage [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terri_Schiavo_case here.]]
29th Jul '17 10:05:58 AM vehement
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* The entire Terri Schaivo case took place in Florida. For those who don't know, Terri Schaivo was a woman who had a heart attack and slipped into a vegetative state. Her husband wanted to remove her feeding tube after a year, but her parents argued against it. What followed was an absolute disaster of court cases, appeals, activism, an incident where her feeding tube was removed and promptly reinserted days later, and government involvment, which included President GeorgeWBush. Needless to say, her feeding tube was removed for good '''fifteen years''' after her initial medical crisis. As always, TheOtherWiki has more complete coverage [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terri_Schiavo_case here.]]
21st Jul '17 9:47:04 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* July 19, 2017: A retiree in Hialeah is angry about a pair of AT&T trucks parked in front of his home. [[DisproportionateRetribution His response]] is to [[http://jalopnik.com/florida-man-shoots-out-tires-of-at-t-truck-because-it-w-1797086979 fetch his gun and shoot out the trucks' tires.]]
17th Jul '17 11:13:19 AM EDP
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* In ''ComicBook/TexWiller'', at some point Florida had a medieval castle inhabitated by voodoo cultists that followed a white man who believed himself Baron Samedi and had recently escaped from an asylum with his cellmate, who happens to be a Satanist with enormous magic powers, with the cultists, that include a ''houngan'' who can actually raise zombies, planning to conquer the whole United States and trying to ally themselves with the Seminoles for it. And it started out because the ''houngan'', his daughter and a friend of their decided to scam the white man (who happene to be wealthy).
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