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->''Don't all the nuts roll downhill to Florida?''
-->-- '''Repeated line from several characters''', ''Series/TheXFiles'', "[[Recap/TheXFilesS06E13AguaMala Agua Mala]]"

When reading a "[[LuridTalesOfDoom News of the Weird]]" site, it has been noticed that UsefulNotes/{{Florida}} has more than its fair share of weird stories. [[Website/{{Fark}} Some of them]] even [[LampshadeHanging hang one]] with a "Florida" tag, as seen below.

* Woman in an argument with town council over a goose? Florida.
* Voters pass a law making the wearing of baggy pants a criminal offense that may cost you up to $150 and 60 days in jail? Just as baggy pants were [[OldMediaPlayingCatchUp starting to go out of style]], one might add, extending the fashion for at least another year. Florida.
* Japanese stripper claims judge (who looks like Bill Cosby) shared business and bank accounts but insists their relationship is "a pure business matter"? Florida.

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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]]. This may be one of the causes of Florida's current population loss--in 2008, for the first time in over a century, more people moved ''out'' than moved ''in''. 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''.

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 strong sunshine (read: transparency in government) laws.

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.

Also check out OnlyInMiami, which is about the city, rather than the state. Note: there is little relation between this and the Bermuda Triangle, as the Bermuda Triangle is more about the paranormal than the weird and wacky.

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!!People who remark about the unusually large quantity of weird news stories coming out of Florida:

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, Florida plays home to the Nexus of All Realities, a multiversal intersection that leads to high weirdness. Which plays on the true source of Florida weirdness. It's a Deep South tourist state that's also popular to retirees and refugees alike, leading to a very diverse mix of culture (Miami-Dade county is often referred to as "Little Cuba.")
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''SoulEater'' fanfiction ''Fanfic/SoulEaterTroubledSouls'' has a mission. In it, a monstrous runaway train is trying to cause as much destruction as possible as it goes on a joyride down a high-speed rail. It takes a whole lot of effort to bring it down from both the Academy and emergency personnel. Property damage happens, and a couple lives are lost. Guess where it happened? Even better, the resident LittleMissSnarker OC quotes this trope word-for-word.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/BigTrouble'' is unsurprisingly this being adapted from a DaveBarry book. It's often discussed by two out of town hitmen who constantly refer to the complete oddness around them and call it as Weirdsville, USA.
* The book's StealthSequel ''Literature/TrickyBusiness'' is also set in Florida. Like ''Big Trouble'', there is just as much weirdness.
* This trope is possibly the reason why, at the end of the 2002 [[MadeForTVMovie made-for-TV]] version of ''Film/{{Carrie|2002}}'', [[spoiler:the title character heads to Florida to hide out after faking her death. Where else could a teenage girl with PsychicPowers blend into the populace?]] The setup for the [[PilotMovie planned TV series to follow]] (never picked up due to the film's low ratings) was that [[spoiler:Carrie would be meeting other people with PsychicPowers, meaning that, at the very least, she's far from the only freak who came to that conclusion]].
* ''Film/{{Adaptation}}'', A.K.A: ''[[PostModernism Post Modernist]] MindScrew: TheMovie [[BeingJohnMalkovich 2]]'', takes place largely in Florida.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Creator/CarlHiaasen: Apart from reporting on real Florida, he writes lurid but not really exaggerated fiction about it.
* 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.
* Creator/PiersAnthony sets his ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' series in a land that is the ''exact'' size and shape of Florida, although it's [[DisSimile almost as mountainous as Florida isn't]].
* TimDorsey has a series about [[PunnyName Serge A. Storms]], CrazyAwesome and AxCrazy criminal/tour guide whose obsessions with Florida history drives a lot of the crazy plots.
* Alex Flinn's novel ''Cloaked'' is set in Miami and centers around a high school shoemaker being hired by a princess to search the Florida Keys for her brother, who has been turned into a frog. As the story goes on, it becomes apparent that there's a good number of enchanted people-turned-animals and fairy tale creatures in general in the region. Flinn's other novel, ''A Kiss in Time'', has a modern-day teenage boy bring a fairy-tale princess he finds in Europe to live with him in Miami.
* Edward Bloor's novel ''Tangerine'' plays a lighter version of the trope. One of the subplots is about how the upper-middle-class families of the Lake Windsor Downs development keep fighting against the natural oddities of their particular corner of Florida, and how Florida fights''back:'' eternal fires, sink holes, lightning strikes, mosquitoes. By the time the deep freeze comes around, they just break out the hot cocoa and fake fire logs in defeat, while the lower-class families of Tangerine are busy trying to save their orchards.
* Spider Robinson's ''CallahansCrosstimeSaloon'' eventually moves down to Key West, wherein the sudden influx of time travelers, talking dogs, aliens, and general weirdos goes completely unremarked upon.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'': A "10 F#@king Years" segment was devoted solely to Florida stories.
-->"But without tacky shit on your lawn, how does anyone know they're in Florida?"
* An episode of ''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit'' on the subject was planned before the 2007/2008 WGA strike.
* From ''Series/CriminalMinds'', which sees some of the most bizarre, gruesome, inventive, and just generally screwed-up serial killers not set in a Creator/StephenKing novel:
-->'''JJ:''' We got a bad [case].
-->'''Morgan:''' How bad?
-->'''JJ:''' Florida.
** Examples include a hitchhiker who [[spoiler:takes his victim's identities]] and an insane [[spoiler:cannibal who feeds his victims to other people in the form of chili]].
* ''Series/CountdownWithKeithOlbermann'' included a regular segment called "Oddball" where Keith talked about the weird stories of the day. Florida was such a regular part of the segment that, at the end of every year when they did a week-long recap of the news of the year, they always did one episode on Oddball, and there was ''always'' a part of that episode on Florida.
* On ''Series/StrangersWithCandy'', most of Jerri's drug-riddled, highly-sexed ExpansionPackPast seemed to have taken place there.
-->"Florida. Beautiful weather...harsh penal system."
* Every episode of ''Series/TheSmokingGunPresentsWorldsDumbest'' seems to have at least one thing that takes place in Florida.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' portrayed South Florida (home to most of our senior citizens) as being CloudCuckooLand, where the most trivial things affect condo board politics.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** The season 2 episode "[[Recap/TheXFilesS02E20Humbug Humbug]]" was set in Gibsonton, Florida--a small town seemingly populated entirely by carnies and sideshow performers. This is TruthInTelevision as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibsonton,_Florida Gibsonton]] ''is'' the off-season home for a large number of carnival employees. More appropriate for the trope, the carnies are represented as mostly being the OnlySaneMan.
** The episode "[[Recap/TheXFilesS06E13AguaMala Agua Mala]]" is set in Florida amidst a hurricane and has "Don't all the nuts roll downhill to Florida?" as a RunningGag.
* In season 12 of ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'', devout evangelical Christian boorish homophobes Luke and Becky [[NewTransferStudent just moved up from Florida]]. They're widely believed to be a TakeThat to the Florida Family Association (see the "Real Life" section).
* Let's not forget that ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', the show about the world's most lovable serial killer, takes place in Miami. Not only is it strange that Dexter lives there, but Miami is apparently so full of messed-up people that Dexter usually slices up a character an episode while he is looking for each season's "Big Bad". Also, almost no character is introduced to the show who isn't in some way completely insane.
* ''Series/LateNight With Seth Meyers'' has a recurring game segment titled "Fake or Florida" in which three selected audience members had to guess if the headlines Meyers reads to them are fictional or from Florida. Audience members who actually are from Florida are given a handicap to even the playing field.
* While ''Series/MiamiVice'' was more straight-up cop drama, some of the more bizarre stories and quirky characters had true-life antecedents that were RippedFromTheHeadlines.
* Jupiter, Florida is the setting for ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow'' and with good reason. It has the most outlandish plot twists and characters, and the highest body count of any of the show's seasons to date.
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[[folder:Magazines]]
* Interestingly, back in the 1840s it was Kentucky, not Florida, which had this reputation, according to ''Magazine/{{Punch}}''.
* ''Magazine/GameInformer'' once had as its back-page quiz "Florida News Item or Plot of an [[RolePlayingGames RPG]]?" [[spoiler:The answer to the final question was "both"]].
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[[folder:Radio]]
* Anchorage, Alaska radio [=DJs=] Woody and Wilcox cover this daily in the "It Happened in Florida" segment; three recent news stories are presented, all real. Of the three, two are subversions, sounding like things that happened in Florida, but not actually occurring there. The calling guest who finds the straight example gets some prizes. They are now on 106.5 The End in Charlotte, North Caroline.
* When [[Series/TheManShow Adam Carolla]] was hosting ''Radio/{{Loveline}}'', they played a game called "Germany or Florida", where listeners would call in with weird news stories and the hosts would have to guess whether it took place in Germany or Florida. Germany's reputation is well-deserved; it's one of the most common locations for such stories on Creator/TheBBC radio show ''It's Been A Bad Week''.
** NPR show ''Radio/WaitWaitDontTellMe'' has also done "Germany or Florida" segments.
* Former child star and current Seattle DJ Danny Bonaduce has a segment during the news portion of his morning drive program titled "Our 'Things Are Not Right in Florida' Story of the Day."
* The hosts of the ''Majic Morning Show'' on WMJI 105.7 (based in UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}) often make special mention of Florida stories during their "Knuckleheads in the News" segment.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'', Tommy Vercetti, a mobster from [[BigApplesauce Liberty City]], frequently snarks about the weirdness and stupidity around him. At least part of it has to do with him [[FishOutOfTemporalWater having just been released from prison after fifteen years]], though--he's confounded as to how a [[ParallelPornTitles porno parody]] of [[Film/{{Jaws}} a movie about a killer shark]] can be popular.
* Kenny of ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' fame comes from Florida, and [[InvokedTrope invokes this trope]] after he wonders if Lee, a black man, can pick locks.
-->'''Kenny:''' Jesus, man, I'm from Florida! Crazy shit just comes out of my mouth sometimes!
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Podcast/DistortedView'', a {{podcast}} created to present interesting and disgusting things that happen in the news each day, has a special sound clip that plays whenever a news story occurs in Florida, "our most fucked-up state".
* Website/{{Fark}} has, along with such categories as "Interesting", "Cool", "Asinine", "Scary", and "Weird", a category named "Florida".
** Drew Curtis has commented on this in his book. To paraphrase: California news gets no reaction because "Oh, it's just those crazy hippies." No one expects weird news from Florida. After reading all the examples though one has to wonder why. It's a massive tourist state with alligators. Stupid people plus giant reptiles. How bad could it be?
** If more than one category tag can apply to a story set in Florida, the Florida tag automatically wins.
* Chuck Shepherd, writer of the [[http://www.newsoftheweird.com/ News of the Weird]] column, simply calls it the "F State".
* The off-topic section of the [=NeoGAF=] forums frequently tags weird news stories with a guessing game--does the weird news story happen in [[FunWithAcronyms Germany, Australia, or Florida]]?
* "Accidental human deaths in Florida" is a separate category on Wikipedia. It's since been changed to just "Accidental deaths in Florida", and joined by other categories of accidental deaths from the other states.
* Cenk from ''Radio/TheYoungTurks'' comments on this often.
* ''WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou'', hosted by Nash Bozard of "Radio Dead Air" fame, features stories about the general crazy that is Florida on a OnceAnEpisode basis. One of the early episodes was even made up entirely of Florida stories. The title? "The Wang of America." Part of the [=WTFIWWY=] Live drinking game includes taking a shot for Florida, and in the live episodes, Nash or Tara will normally comment "And it's Florida..."
** It's gotten to the point that specific cities and counties are showing up multiple times, especially Melbourne and Brevard County (also one of the most popular locations for episodes of ''Series/{{COPS}}'').
* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'':
** Lampshaded this in their article [[http://www.cracked.com/article/211_the-6-most-horrific-lessons-ever-taught-in-elementary-school_p2 "The 6 Most Horrific Lessons Ever Taught in Elementary School"]], where half of the six entries came out of Florida.
--->"Wait, what the fuck? That's three of our entries that are from Florida. What the hell is going on down there?"
** In [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-recent-trends-that-make-it-hard-to-trust-police_p2/ "5 Recent Trends That Make It Hard to Trust Police"]], Florida is described as "America's one-stop shop for insanity of all sorts".
** The follow-up, [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-recent-trends-that-make-it-hard-to-trust-police-part-2_p2/?wa_user1=4&wa_user2=News&wa_user3=blog&wa_user4=feature_module "5 Recent Trends That Make It Hard to Trust Police (Part 2)"]], gives us this gem:
--->"Once again, let's hear it for Florida, or 'Japan of the United States' (if we're talking about areas that produce bizarre news stories)."
** From [[http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/5-most-embarrassing-emergency-rescue-calls/ "6 Most Embarrassing Emergency Rescue Calls"]]:
--->"Say you're taking a stroll one day when you come across a group of people gawking at something and taking photos. You look up, and there's a lady in pink just quietly hanging from a large wooden structure, 22 feet in the air. Did we mention you're in Florida? We probably don't need to."
* In the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' it is generally noted (in-universe) that, with the exception of Miami, Florida has the most laid-back, non-seriously-threatening, most-likely-to-step-in-and-save-innocent-bystanders-or-surrender-peacefully-without-throwing-a-punch supervillain population in the world. The primary superhero team in the state is called "Imagination East", and it's sponsored by Walt Disney World. Yes, you read that right. Miami, on the other hand, is home to some of the most viciously violent, bloodthirsty villains on the planet.
* Website/ScrewAttack's sidescroller makes frequent use of this during the Newsdesk (so much so that it's a running gag that Chad will either be ecstatic or upset if there isn't a Florida story) and at least one fan-submitted question said that he was in a dangerous place at the time. And yes, they are always the weirdest...
* The ''Cox N' Crendor Show'', a podcast hosted by WebVideo/JesseCox and WebVideo/{{Wowcrendor}} has caught on to the phenomenon. The absurdity of some of Florida's news is highlighted especially on the [[https://soundcloud.com/coxncrendor/cox-n-crendor-beta-thursday-8 Valentine's Day]] episode when Jesse finds a quiz asking whether a set of seventeen statements are a RPG plotline or a Florida headline. It's about a 50/50 split.
* The page image originates from the Website/{{Twitter}} account [[https://twitter.com/_FloridaMan Florida Man]], which collects odd news articles from the state and bills itself as "real-life stories of the world's worst superhero". Essentially, it acts under the premise that all of the stories are referring to a single individual named "Florida Man", playing on the fact that most news articles tend to begin by citing the location and gender of the subject in question, i.e "Florida man/woman arrested for committing X crime..."
** Florida Man has migrated to [[http://www.reddit.com/r/floridaman Reddit]].
* Spoofed by Website/ClickHole with "[[http://www.clickhole.com/article/only-florida-488 Only In Florida...]]", making bewildered commentary on completely ordinary photos of Florida life.
* There is [[http://fuckingflorida.tumblr.com a Tumblr blog]] dedicated to archiving the strange daily experiences of Florida natives.
** Plus, there is the [[https://www.tumblr.com/tagged/florida-gothic Florida Gothic]] tumblr tag where SouthernGothic is given a humorous Florida spin.
* The forum at snopes.com has a thread in its "Fun House" section entitled "Florida Man: The World's Worst Superhero."
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the first episode of the relaunched ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', the two are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuoMAyKjz78 watching]] the video for Music/{{MGMT}}'s "Kids" from ''Music/OracularSpectacular'', in which a toddler walks down a street surrounded by zombies and various BodyHorror-esque monsters. Their reaction?
-->'''Beavis:''' Is this Florida?\\
'''Butthead:''' Yup. That's Florida. ''[{{beat}}, laugh]'' Florida sucks.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': In "School's Out: The Musical", Timmy wished kids ruled the world. He was elected President of the whole nation except Florida because they're still voting.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'', The Governor of Florida gets lynched after decrying Dethklok and Nathan gets voted in as a replacement. Due to his complete lack of even the most basic life knowledge, he makes executions a standard punishment (because it's "Brutal"), introduces a new dollar that's printed in such quantities that it's useless (driving the state into a recession), and, when all else fails, they try to hold a concert because music makes everything better...except that [[WalkingDisasterArea considering who Dethklok is]], it winds up summoning a category ''6'' hurricane that pretty much wipes the state off the map. And despite this, one of the tattered, starving-to-death survivors still [[TakeThat says he's the best governor the state's ever had]].
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* There's a reason why it seems all the crazy tabloid stories come from Florida. That's because American Media, the group that publishes ''all the tabloids in the U.S.'' (they own ''National Enquirer'', ''National Examiner'', ''Sun'', ''Globe'' and ''Star''), is based in Boca Raton, Florida.
* The ''Miami Herald'' has a news category called [[http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weird-news/index.html Weird News]].
* Fort Lauderdale newspaper the ''Sun-Sentinel's'' weird news blog, aptly titled "[[http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/news/specials/weirdflorida/blog/ Floriduh]]''. Their slogan?
-->"We've all been out in the sun too long."
* Also see the ''Tampa Bay Times'' "[[http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/bizarre/ Bizarre Florida]]" blog.
* A Latvian immigrant moves to America and spends the next 28 years singlehandedly carving and placing huge blocks of coral limestone to work off his emotions from being jilted by his 16-year-old fiancée? Said builder claims magnets cured his tuberculosis and owned a Perpetual Motion Machine that he used to help build his monument? Welcome to the [[http://coralcastle.com/ Coral]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coral_Castle Castle]] in Homestead, Florida.
** If you take ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s article about him at face value ([[UnreliableNarrator which you shouldn't, but still]]), he got bored of the scenery at one point during construction (when it was already far along, mind you) and somehow either moved or deconstructed and reconstructed the entire thing elsewhere ''before anyone noticed it was gone''.
* ONTD has a meme of Bugs Bunny cutting off Florida from the United States, taken from the animated short ''Rebel Rabbit''.
* The former page image comes from the recount of the disputed Florida ballots in the 2000 Presidential election between UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush and Al Gore. The state itself recorded millions of votes, but the final margin of victory was less than '''600''' votes. This spawned a month-plus fiasco of lawsuits, astroturfing, concession calls that were rescinded, accusations of a rigged election, and a Supreme Court case that said "This situation is so damned weird that this decision shouldn't be used as precedent", which critics cited as being more evidence of election-rigging, believing it showed the SCOTUS majority was simply afraid of a similar situation coming up in which their own favored candidate was on the losing end.
** While all that really occurred, it should be pointed out that ultimately all of it wasn't Florida's fault. Florida election law allows the Florida Supreme Court unlimited authority to solve election challenges (and we mean that literally; the actual law granting such authority contains the phrase "the Supreme Court of Florida shall do that which it deems necessary"). It was outside agencies (like the Bush and Gore election teams, not to mention the United States Supreme Court itself, who had no real jurisdiction to intercede in the first place) who were mucking it up for the rest of us. If everyone had just stood back and let the FSC handle it, everything probably would have worked out fine. Or at least ''could'' have.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_land_boom_of_the_1920s Florida Land Boom during the 1920s]] is considered one of the major causes of TheGreatDepression.
* The Florida Family Association (don't let the name fool you, it's [[http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2011/12/13/388710/meet-the-florida-family-association-a-faux-outrage-generation-factory/ one guy]]) has made a name for itself by stepping in to protest anything even remotely LGBT-friendly.
* See the Website/{{Twitter}} accounts [[https://twitter.com/_floridaman Florida Man]] and [[https://twitter.com/_Flor1daWoman Florida Woman]] for more examples of this trope.
* [[http://news.yahoo.com/-why-so-much-weird-news-comes-from-florida--143744802.html Yahoo News explains why so much weird news comes from Florida]].
* SWAT teams ignore duties during drug raid to [[http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/sep/21/undercover-drug-investigators-embarrass-polk-sheri/ play Wii Sports bowling?]] (Hint: '''not''' ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'').
* Varmint Swarms.
** Unstoppable Army of Snakes? [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-march-18-2009/florida-pythons-on-the-loose A threat to all of humanity]].
*** More seriously, feral Burmese pythons are a pain in the ass for the parks department and animal control. There are about 150,000 of them slithering through the Everglades and elsewhere, eating native wildlife and even people's pets. It's gotten to the point where, in January 2013, they [[http://abcnews.go.com/US/florida-python-hunt-launched-curb-slithering-population/story?id=18187452 declared open season]] on pythons with no bag limit--complete with a $1,500 prize for whoever catches the most pythons, and a $1,000 reward for the biggest python. Only in Florida does the government's solution to an ecosystem-threatening invasive species--{{Good Ol Boy}}s versus giant pythons--sound like something straight out of a [[Creator/SciFiChannel SyFy]] Original Movie.
*** Speaking of a [[Creator/SciFiChannel SyFy]] Original Movie, there was a story in 2006 that could have been the premise of one. A six foot long alligator fought a thirteen-foot Burmese python. [[SwallowedWhole The alligator lost]], but the python [[http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/10/1006_051006_pythoneatsgator.html exploded]], possibly after the intervention of a second alligator.
** Now there is also a coyote infestation in Broward County. Prepare for a bloodbath between the species. (All three of them.)
** There are also killer lizards attacking people and eating dogs in the Naples area.
* 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]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Tanzler Carl Tanzler]], a German doctor, fell for a young tuberculosis patient. After she died, he tried to restore her to life after stealing her from her tomb...and had [[ILoveTheDead sexual relations with her corpse]]. Only in Key West, people.
* Many families on Boca Grande were surprised to find something waiting for them when they went to use their toilets. What did they find? Iguanas. They came up the sewage system.
* [[http://www.snopes.com/photos/risque/license.asp On one license plate]] (not a VanityLicensePlate, surprisingly), the picture of an orange in the middle of Florida plates made the combination "A55 RGY" read as "ASS ORGY".
* British street lighting making an appearance in Fort Myers--namely the [[http://www.wrtl.co.uk/product-range/road-and-amenity/arc WRTL Arc]], as recently as November 2008, before being removed after a short period of time. Apparently these must have been imported since WRTL don't export to America currently...
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcqOgnQyXp4 "The Hoodrat Kid"]] lived in Palm Beach, Florida when he decide dto take his grandma's car for a joyride. (The child was 7). It was infamous enough to spawn an episode of ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' parodying it.
* A fire broke out in the kitchen while the house owner was in the bathroom. Instead of running and exiting out the front door, which was nowhere near the fire, what did he do? Make a hole through his bathroom walls to escape.
* A branch of Bank of America trying to foreclose on a mortgage that they did not have? Odd. The homeowners fighting back in court and winning? Impressive. [[http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2011/jun/03/tables-turned-bank-of-america-foreclosure-case/ The homeowners showing up with a sheriff and moving truck to foreclose on the bank when they wouldn't pay court-ordered damages]]? Florida. [[Series/TheDailyShow John Oliver]] considers this [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-august-8-2011/the-forecloser the best news story of all time]].
* In 1984, the ''entire police department'' of Key West was declared an illegal enterprise under the RICO laws--which are usually used to shut down mobsters. One witness even claimed to deliver bags of coke to City Hall on a regular basis.
* [[http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20110812/BREAKINGNEWS/110812021/Police-Attorney-faces-charges-after-naked-sword-duel Lawyer challenges his wife to a nude swordfight; when he fails to kill her before she can call 911, he absconds with the sword, still nude. Said lawyer previously worked on a case where his client robbed a credit union and hid the cash inside his prosthetic leg]].
* One guess where Jack Thompson hails from.
** And was disbarred by, even the Florida supreme justices thought he was crazy enough (well, that and he had done some legitimately illegal things). He's also officially been declared a vexatious litigant by the State of Florida and may not file ''anything'' without prior approval from a member of the Florida Bar.
* On a similar note, behold [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Martin Andy Martin]]. While he has also managed to piss off the courts in New York and Connecticut as well, Florida is where the lion's share of his antics have occurred. The fact that he named his campaign committee for his 1986 Florida congressional run the "The Anthony R. Martin-Trigona Congressional Campaign to Exterminate Jew Power in America" and violently attacked two cameramen from a West Palm Beach NBC affiliate right before the election is just one of the many, many things on the man's record.
* [[http://articles.cnn.com/2009-07-22/justice/florida.dead.shark_1_shark-metromover-fish-markets?_s=PM:CRIME Shark on the train? Sure, why not]]. [[note]]Before New York can start [[http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/dead-sharks-found-on-public-transit-is-not-something-that-happens-only-in-new-york-6522576 bragging]] about it, we did it first.)[[/note]]
** This quote from the article says it all: "I have never seen a shark in the middle of the street in Overtown, but nothing surprises me in Miami."
** One of the riders actually [[http://blogs.herald.com/dave_barrys_blog/2009/07/miami-update-shark-on-a-train.html notified]] Dave Barry himself. He would later [[http://www.npr.org/2011/12/31/144508683/humorist-dave-barry-plays-not-my-job recount]] the story on ''Radio/WaitWaitDontTellMe'' and calls it one of his favorite stories ever.
* The University of Miami football team is listed on TheTysonZone, and deservedly so. Much of their colorful history can be seen in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83qv5mPN-Lw this ESPN documentary]].
** 1980s: Luther Campbell of ''2 Live Crew'' had a rewards program to pay players for touchdowns and other on-field achievements.
** 1987: At a pregame steak dinner for the Fiesta Bowl, Penn State shows up in suits. Miami shows up in full combat fatigues. During the event, Miami defensive tackle Jerome Brown compares the game to [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Pearl Harbor]].
** 1989: Even the team mascot, Sebastian the Ibis, got in on the action when he was infamously tackled and detained by police before a game against rival Florida State when he attempted to extinguish the opposing mascot's flaming spear. The police then released him after realizing the [[RefugeInAudacity sheer ridiculousness of the situation]].
** 1991: The team's taunting in the Cotton Bowl Classic is so flagrant that the NCAA creates the "Miami Rule" to punish it.
** 1992: A bench-clearing brawl with San Diego State includes Wrestling/DwayneJohnson (yes, The Rock) chasing the SDS mascot into the stands screaming "I'll kill you!"
** 1995: After a major scandal involving illegal Pell Grants given to players, ''Magazine/SportsIllustrated'' writes a damning article about the U with the cover stating [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech "Why the University of Miami should drop football"]]. The program would go on to survive.
** 2001: Against Boston College, a Miami defensive lineman records an interception, only for his ''teammate'' Ed Reed to run up behind him and steal the ball to take it in for the winning touchdown. (2001 Miami is considered by some to be the greatest college football team of all-time.)
** 2002: Najeh Davenport breaks into a woman's dorm room and is caught pooping in her laundry basket. This later led to him gaining the nickname [[NeverLiveItDown "The Dump Truck"]] while playing in the NFL.
** 2003: Kellen Winslow is confronted by reporters for intentionally injuring an opposing player and has an epic freakout on camera, where he declares "I'm a fucking soldier!"
** 2005: A group of UM students (including several members of the football team) release an extremely [[MisogynySong misogynistic]] GlamRap song titled "The 7th Floor Crew"[[note]]The title refers to the 7th floor of one of the residence halls on campus[[/note]].
** 2006: Another bench-clearing brawl, this time against intra-city rival Florida International University, which was made all the worse by one of the game announcers (Miami alum Lamar Thomas) making statements ''supporting'' the brawl and wishing that he could join in. Needless to say, he was fired shortly afterwards. An FIU player named A'Mod Ned joined the brawl despite being on crutches at the time, leading to [[http://www.motleycollegefootball.com/Images/AModNed.jpg a pretty great photo]].
** 2011: Convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro is caught for having lavished strippers, prostitutes, alcohol, and money on UM recruits for nearly 10 years. After another lengthy investigation, during which the "death penalty"[[note]]Cancelling a team's entire season, the harshest possible punishment in college football[[/note]] was considered, Miami once again [[KarmaHoudini was only hit with relatively light sanctions from the NCAA]].
*** Miami had declared itself ineligible for bowl games in both 2011 and 2012, which probably played a part in the light punishment--as well as the NCAA completely botching the investigation[[note]]Most notably, NCAA staffers colluded with Shapiro's criminal defense lawyer to obtain information that the NCAA couldn't have otherwise gotten, arguably violating legal ethics rules and [[{{Hypocrite}} unquestionably violating]] [[HoistByHisOwnPetard the NCAA's own bylaws]][[/note]].
** 2014: UM might be rubbing off on their opponents. The football team played at Virginia in November 2014, and ending up losing 30–13. Near the end of the game, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KU6rJX-mChM one Cavalier fan decided to sing "Don't Stop Believing" to a goose]], causing the {{ESPN}} announcers to [[{{Corpsing}} corpse]].
* May 27, 2012: Man eating another man's face while naked on the road while being shot several times till he finally died? [[http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/05/26/2818832/naked-man-shot-killed-on-macarthur.html If a]] ZombieApocalypse is going to start, might wanna take note that it's gonna come from Florida.
** Around that time and city, a high school prom was held in the same place a porn convention was occurring.
** Also around that time, several Florida schools were evacuated because students and teacher broke out in mysterious rashes that added to the zombie paranoia.
* The [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/01/cassidy-goodson-kills-murders-chokes-newborn-baby_n_1928754.html Cassidy Goodson]] infanticide case.
* [[http://www.deseretnews.com/article/392575/ONLY-IN-FLORIDA-DOES-COCAINE-DROP-FROM-SKY.html?pg=all Bags of cocaine falling from the sky]]? Bonus points here because even the headline says OnlyInFlorida.
** Double bonus points: The bags hit, among other things, a church and a Crime Watch Meeting.
* [[Film/{{Monster}} Aileen Wuornos]] spent most of her adult life in Florida.
* Due to incompetence by Boards of Elections in various counties, it took ''three days'' to officially call Florida for UsefulNotes/BarackObama in the 2012 presidential election. It actually didn't change the election--Obama had picked up enough electoral votes without Florida, to the relief of many who remember the 2000 election.
* December 2012: A woman returns home to find that thieves have stolen her driveway made of concrete pavers.
* January 2013: A would-be burglar stripped naked and tried to steal a TV from a house, and when he was cornered by the police, he defecated on the lawn and masturbated. You can see more of the story [[http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/01/23/florida-cops-taser-naked-burglar-who-pooped-and-masturbated-when-homeowner-pulled-a-gun/ here]].
** The top post in the comments section: "It really wasn't necessary to put 'Florida' in the headline. We knew."
** Related: Florida has more cases of public masturbation than all other 49 states combined.
* A man getting caught with over a thousand child porn images on his computer is sick and sad, but hardly unusual. Him [[http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/08/07/man_blames_cat/ blaming his cat]], on the other hand...
* February 2013: A sinkhole [[http://news.yahoo.com/house-debris-over-fla-sinkhole-removed-091812243.html swallows a man whole]] in his own home.
* March 2013: A St. Petersburg woman was [[http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/21/17045722-woman-shot-by-oven-while-trying-to-cook-waffles?lite&lite=obnetwork shot by her friend's oven]] while attempting to cook waffles, unaware that he was storing a clip of .45 caliber ammo inside.
* Summer 2013: Researchers warn that floodwaters from tropical storm Debbie may have created a population explosion of [[http://science.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/09/17249991-gallinippers-monster-mosquitoes-poised-to-strike-florida?lite Gallinipper Mosquitoes]], which are twenty times larger than regular mosquitoes, hunt 24 hours a day, and have a bite that is compared to the feeling of ''being stabbed''.
* Two [=DJs=] get indefinitely suspended from work because their AprilFoolsDay prank about there being dihydrogen monoxide in the drinking water causes wide panic? [[http://www.wtsp.com/news/watercooler/article/308374/58/Drinking-water-April-Fools-joke-falls-flat In Florida of course]].
* [[http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-04-03/news/os-plane-crash-publix-deland-20120403_1_plane-crash-pilot-and-passenger-federal-aviation-officials A small plane crashes in a Publix supermarket right out of nowhere in Deland, Florida, near Stetson University.]]
* In April 2013, a man taped [[http://www.gainesville.com/article/20130426/ARTICLES/130429692/1139?Title=Police-Would-be-squirrel-killer-injured-after-taping-bullet-to-BB-gun&tc=ar&buffer_share=f14be&utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer%253A%252B_FloridaMan%252Bon%252Btwitter a .40 caliber cartridge to a BB-gun in order to shoot a squirrel]], hurting himself badly when the cartridge instead blew up and sent shrapnel everywhere.
** Why didn't he just use a regular gun? Because he's a convicted felon and wasn't allowed to own one--he only got the cartridge because he'd found it while looking for scrap metal to recycle.
* State government accidentally bans all computers? [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/08/florida-banned-computers_n_3561701.html Florida]].[[labelnote:context]]They were trying to outlaw internet shops that had universally become a haven for online gambling. Turns out finding the right language to ban just that while still being legal is tricky and the definition ended up being too broad. Greece (as in the country in Europe) once had a similar problem, but even then they only accidentally outlawed video games. Not all computers.[[/labelnote]]
* September 25, 2013: A man tries to [[TooDumbToLive pay his water bill with crack cocaine]]? [[http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/Man-Attempts-to-Pay-Water-Bill-with-Cocaine-Deputies--225022842.html Deltona, Florida]].
* October 12, 2013: Wildlife trappers remove over twenty thousand bees from a 98-year-old woman's home? [[http://www.wesh.com/news/central-florida/orange-county/20000-bees-removed-from-elderly-womans-home/-/12978032/22412042/-/m12udkz/-/index.html Cocoa Beach, Florida]].
* The 2014 gubernatorial election. For your consideration, here are the two major party candidates:
** The incumbent was Rick Scott, a Republican who got elected governor despite his past as an insurance executive who scammed Medicare out of billions of dollars. He's also one of the most unpopular governors in the country, with a regular approval rating in the 20s. The only reason he even stood a chance at re-election was because the Democrats found and nominated the only man in the state who could rival Scott in inspiring the hatred of Floridians.
** That challenger was Charlie Crist, the previous governor who got elected as a Republican, resigned from the office to run for US Senate as an Independent (he lost) while endorsing his replacement Scott, then came back and ran against Scott to get his old office back as a Democrat, flip-flopping on just about every position to do so.
** The resulting election was [[http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article1979182.html one of the nastiest in the country]], with both Scott and Crist spending more time [[AttackOfThePoliticalAd attacking each other]] than explaining their policies, leading most of Florida to decide that both of them could stuff it. Before one debate, Scott refuses to take the stage for seven minutes because Crist had [[http://www.politico.com/story/2014/10/fan-rick-scott-charlie-crist-111948.html an electric fan]] under his podium to keep him cool. One man joked that the election was so noxious that the winner would have to be "carried on a stretcher to the podium to make his inaugural speech". In the end, voters found Scott slightly less repulsive and reelected him, but gave him only 48% of the vote, beating Crist by [[DecidedByOneVote only 64,145 votes]] (out of more than 5.6 million cast statewide) -- and this in what was otherwise a Republican "wave" year nationally. Nearly five percent of voters went with third-party candidates, most notably a 3.8% showing for the Libertarians.
* January 13, 2014: Retired police officer fatally shooting a man for texting during a movie? [[http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/01/13/2-shot-man-in-custody-after-florida-theater-shooting/ You guessed it]]!
** In a similar vein, a Florida theater showing ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' [[http://news.moviefone.com/2013/12/03/frozen-screening-mistake/ accidentally showed]] the red band trailer for the film ''Nymphomaniac'', which showed a sex act, while passing the time while the film underwent technical difficulties. To say it was HarmfulToMinors would be an understatement.
* No points for guessing which state is considered [[http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=florida-maps-its-sinkhole ground zero for sinkholes]][[note]]No, not [[Administrivia/{{Sinkhole}} that kind of sinkhole]][[/note]]. Most of the state's bedrock is limestone, which slowly dissolves in the presence of water--and on a landmass surrounded by water on three sides and susceptible to hurricanes...
** Not to mention the (geologically) rapid depletion of the underground fresh water means that there are giant gaps in the ground.
* Which state capital is the only one in the country to have to shut down its primary shopping mall so that close to 10,000 bats can be humanely removed from the crawlspace above its ceiling tiles and tons of accumulated guano removed? If you guessed "Tallahassee, Florida", you'd be correct.
* March 29, 2014: A registered sex offender tried to murder a family of 10 by lighting their trailer on fire for the sole reason that the consenting adults were a lesbian couple. [[http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/02/4035202/sex-offender-says-he-tried-to.html#storylink=cpy/ Guess what state it happened in]].
* April 7, 2014: A woman [[http://gawker.com/topless-florida-woman-wrecks-mcdonalds-pauses-to-guzzl-1560811384 runs into a McDonald's]] in St. Petersburg, Florida wearing only a thong, trashing the place and guzzling ice cream straight from the soft-serve machine.
* Not even the Miss Florida pageant (to select a state representative for the Miss America pageant) emerged unscathed: 20-year-old Elizabeth Fetchel was publicly crowned Miss Florida 2014, only for (in shades of the 2000 election) it to turn out one of the judges had [[http://www.today.com/style/wrong-miss-florida-crowned-voting-mix-1D79862627 changed his vote and wrote his new decision on a line above the ballot]].
* September 5, 2014: A teenage girl in Port Richey burns down her house, [[http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/78336/fiery-new-teen-driven-slender-man-antics-florida blames]] [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man]].
* September 22, 2014: [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/22/woman-gets-third-boob-jasmine-tridevil_n_5862184.html A woman gets a third boob implanted onto her chest in an attempt to make herself less attractive]]. [[AttentionWhore And then tries to get a show on MTV about how her life's been since then]].
* The first person to be killed for a UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 died in...you guessed it. [[http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2013/11/playstation-4-florida-man-shot-and-killed One website]] even used the news to suggest that the entire state exists atop a [[HellGate Hellmouth]], complete with the appropriate picture from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
* A man is arrested in St. Petersburg with [[http://gawker.com/sports-fans-insane-mugshot-is-the-most-florida-thing-yo-1645210143 an insane tattoo]] showing his dedication to the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball New England Patriots]]. As his choice of team suggests, he's not originally from Florida, but as the article (which referred to it as "the most Florida thing you'll see today") puts it, he "was drawn there like a bat-shit moth to a bonkers flame".
* A man in Passage Key was caught by his wife having sex with another man on a boat near a nude beach. He responds by [[http://gawker.com/nude-beach-blow-job-jet-ski-fight-leads-to-wife-s-death-1608253016 throwing her from a jet ski]] and leaving her for dead. ''Four separate times''.
* A minor example compared to all of these, but there have been a number of cases involving various network affiliates swapping network:
** The Miami affiliates for Creator/{{Fox}}, Creator/{{CBS}}, and Creator/{{NBC}} swapped affiliations in 1989 as a result of WTVJ-4, the longtime CBS station, being sold to NBC (they wanted a station that wasn't in last place and constantly preempting programs--both of which WSVN-7 was guilty of). The Fox affiliate, WCIX-6, was subsequently was bought by CBS, and WSVN gained Fox, and notably became a station known for running a lot of tabloid-style news.
** In 1995, the aforementioned NBC and CBS stations swapped channel numbers, which occurred as a result of Fox getting the rights to the NFC (see DisasterDominoes for info on ''that'' headache).
** And speaking of sports, when the [=SportsChannel=] America networks switched to Fox [=SportsNet=] in 1998, [=SportsChannel=] Florida didn't switched to that branding until 2000, when Cablevision bought out the shares of the network held by Wayne Huizenga, founder of Blockbuster Video and part-owner of many Floridian sports teams (Cablevision has since sold the station to Fox).
* A man in Port St. Lucie tries to steal a chainsaw from a hardware store...[[http://fortressamerica.gawker.com/heres-video-of-a-guy-sticking-a-chainsaw-down-his-short-1657360281 by stuffing it down his pants]].
* Governor Rick Scott bans state environmental officials from saying and writing the words [[http://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/09/politics/florida-officials-climate-change-banned/ climate change]].
* The Majesty building, also known as the infamous "I-4 Eyesore". It's a massive glass building in Altamonte Springs that belongs to a Christian church and television station. It's been [[http://www.wftv.com/news/news/neighbors-want-i-4-eyesore-finished/nFDxx/ under construction]] for the last ''fifteen'' years and the owners have called it a "pay-as-you-go" project and has taken to raising funding by selling memorial pavers...and due to lack of storage, [[http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/seminole/os-majesty-building-i4-pavers-20141121-story.html have been using the pavers to cover leaks.]]
* A Melbourne man [[http://www.clickorlando.com/news/florida-man-high-on-flakka-attacked-officer-said-he-was-god-had-sex-with-tree-police-say/32379106 was arrested]] after fighting off a taser ''twice'', claiming he was Thor[[note]]Given the tasering, he might be on to something[[/note]], and sexually assaulting ''a tree.''
* A man in Tampa claims that [[http://stuppid.com/florida-man-devil-world-ending/ he is the Devil]], and that everybody in the world has until July 24, 2015 to bow down to him, or else he will kill them. Don't bother praying to God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or the Virgin Mary -- he killed them all this past fall.
* 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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