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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 Creator/BillCosby) shared business and bank accounts but insists their relationship is "a pure business matter"? Florida.

%% The above three are literally all from Fark on the same day (March 12, 2008). Don't add in new items above unless they are from that day, as it renders the phrase "one day's worth of news" inaccurate.

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]].

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 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 transparency laws]], also known as "sunshine 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." Of course, the manner in which these laws are enforced can themselves create some weird "only in Florida" stories; see, for instance, the time when a father and son who were both Miami-Dade County commissioners had to [[http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2015/05/a-father-and-son-talk-but-first-a-legally-required-notice-to-the-public.html file a public notice]] just to have a private chat because they'd be discussing public transit issues, or when the governor was legally required to invite journalists to [[http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article24515023.html cover his wedding]].

It is perhaps for this reason that Florida has a number of excellent newspapers, and several famous journalists like Creator/DaveBarry and Creator/CarlHiaasen got their start here, which is perhaps why so much is known about the state's quirks. Also, the now-defunct tabloid ''Magazine/WeeklyWorldNews'', known for its ''extremely'' bizarre cover stories, was based here as well, doubtlessly drawing inspiration from the local headlines. One newspaper, the ''Sarasota Herald-Tribune'', has even used Florida's reputation as [[http://motherjones.tumblr.com/post/4046557808/the-best-journalism-job-want-ad-ever-ever a recruiting tool]], calling Florida "arguably the best news state in the country".

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

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


* Most likely being referenced in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNahnadzvKo this]] Sonic commercial.

[[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.")
* In the ''ComicBook/DisneyKingdoms'' book ''Figment 2'', the Academy Scientifica-Lucida relocated to a large plot of land in Florida to avoid any legal trouble with their experiments. At some point in the early 1980s, a large energy-filled geodesic sphere appeared with no explanation on the campus and occasionally wavers in and out of existence. The faculty includes an aged blue fairy man and they've still kept Dreamfinder's [[YourMindMakesItReal Mesmonic Spark Convertor]] in storage.
* As it turns out in ''ComicBook/FutureQuest'', the reason Dr. Quest set up shop in Palm Key was because it was the most regular incursion site for the interdimensional portals.
* In ComicBook/TheWalkingDead, Douglas mentions a news story he read before the apocalypse where a man in Florida ate his son's eyeballs out of his head.
* 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).

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Manga/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.
* The fact that so much weird stuff happens in Florida inspired the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' AU [[http://gravity-key.tumblr.com/ Gravity Key]], which relocates the Mystery Shack (and the show's action) to the Florida Keys. TheBermudaTriangle is involved, naturally.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/BigTrouble'' is unsurprisingly this being adapted from a Creator/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 [[Film/BeingJohnMalkovich 2]]'', takes place largely in Florida.
* ''Film/AceVentura'' features the kidnapping of the Miami Doplhins' live mascot, and star player Dan Marino as part of a convoluted revenge plot by a disgraced former player who hailed from a [[TheDeepSouth small town in central Florida,]] who then escaped from a mental hospital in Tampa, and then [[spoiler: [[CreepyCrossDresser became a captain in the Miami police department]] after [[DeadPersonImpersonation assuming the identity of a missing female hiker.]]]] The case is solved by an eccentric private investigator who specializes in finding missing pets.

* 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 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.
* 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]].
* Creator/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.
* Blackburn, the setting of ''Literature/{{Mavericks}}'', is a dark version of this, a ViceCity with some very weird supervillains running the place.
* ''Literature/{{Tangerine}}'' plays a lighter version of this trope, combining it with SlobsVersusSnobs. 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 ''Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon'' eventually moves down to Key West, wherein the sudden influx of time travelers, talking dogs, aliens, and general weirdos goes completely unremarked upon.
* Weird U.S is a series of books that detail some of Americas strangest locations, stories, urban legends, etc. Unsurprisingly they have an entire book, [[http://www.weirdus.com/states/florida/ Weird Florida]], devoted solely to the sunshine state.

[[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/WorldsDumbest'' 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.
* In the season 2 finale of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise,'' a devastating alien probe attacks Earth. Free to target anywhere on the planet, it of course levels its deadly energy beam directly at... Florida.
* ''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.

[[folder:Print Media]]
* Interestingly, back in the 1840s it was Kentucky, not Florida, which had this reputation, according to ''Magazine/{{Punch}}''.
* The March 2013 issue of ''Magazine/GameInformer'' once had the Game Over segment "[[RolePlayingGames RPG]] or Florida?", in which you are given multiple weird stories and have to guess whether they happened in an RPG or in Florida. Play it [[http://www.gamesas.com/rpg-florida-t314677.html here]].
* This is a reliable and never-ending stream of material for British [[WorldOfWeirdness News Of The Weird]] publication, ''Magazine/ForteanTimes''. While the whole of the USA is seen as an extension of ''Only In Florida'', this state does seem to contribute more weirdness than the rest.

* 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.
* ''Radio/TheKevinAndBeanShow'' have a recurring segment called [[http://kroq.cbslocal.com/tag/whats-up-with-florida/ What's Up With Florida]], where they cover a block of about five to eight strange tales from the news.

[[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!
* ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami'' and its sequel take place entirely in Miami, Florida and it ''shows''. A guy in a pig mask shooting people is the ''least'' weird thing going on.

[[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 ''Podcast/CoxNCrendor 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. Now [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcdstu9tftY in]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jc-lA-S9qkA glorious]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNaLkDua3jM animation]].
* 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 [[SomethingPerson 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 akin to Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale.
* The forum at snopes.com has a thread in its "Fun House" section entitled "Florida Man: The World's Worst Superhero."
* [[WebVideo/ThePhilipDefrancoShow Philip Defranco]], who spent his teenage years in Florida, pokes fun at the state on his show from time to time.
--> '''Phil''': It's like a douchebag factory, really.
* During an interview ''Website/RottenTomatoes'' played a game with the cast of ''Film/TheForceAwakens''. In it they were told weird and outrageous stories and had to guess if they were from ''Franchise/StarWars'' or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUDCQMu8MFU Florida news headlines]].

[[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?\\
'''Butt-Head:''' 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]].
* ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'' begins in Florida. Only in Florida would a flying elephant be born...

[[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.
* For that matter, Florida has much more permissive Freedom of Information laws than other states. That means that whenever there's a slow news day, the gap can be filled by submitting [=FoI=] requests to the police in order to collect Only in Florida stories.
** 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 paper's investigative team had recently transferred from Miami 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 records, he immediately became suspicious, and set the team out to figure out the truth.
* 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://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/strange/floriduh-blog/ FloriDUH]]''. Their former 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.
* South Florida's NBC 6 (also see below) literally titled [[http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/ their weird Florida news section]] "Only In Florida".
* ONTD has a meme of Bugs Bunny cutting off Florida from the United States, taken from the animated short ''Rebel Rabbit''.
* 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]], although ''The Miami New-Times'' prefers a more [[http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/how-floridas-proud-open-government-laws-lead-to-the-shame-of-florida-man-news-stories-7608595 rational]] explanation. (Simply put, it's just easier to get access to the police reports.)
* The ''Palm Beach Post'' put up a photo on their [[https://www.instagram.com/p/BBBJ90wylox/ Instagram page]] of a police officer fending off an alligator with the following caption:
-->''A once in a lifetime picture made by Palm Beach Post photographer Paul J. Milette that makes you think that there is no way this is real. But then again, it is Florida.''


!!Particular Examples of "Weird Florida" stories from RealLife include:

[[folder:Florida is stranger than fiction]]
* The former page image comes from the recount of the disputed Florida ballots in the 2000 Presidential election between UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush and UsefulNotes/AlGore. 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. "Buying real estate in Florida" became shorthand for an obvious scam (a la "buying the Brooklyn Bridge").
* 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.
* 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''.
* 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/{{Syfy}} [[Film/SyfyOriginalMovie Original Movie]].
*** Speaking of Syfy Original Movies, 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 result of people abandoning pet monitor lizards in the wild, much to the detriment of everything else. Monitor lizards don't quite compete with the pythons and the local crocodilians, so each one carves out a different ecological niche, and each one has the potential to hurt people.
* 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. Only for the plaque to come back honoring James Earl '''Ray''', ''the man who assassinated King''. [[http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/outrage/mlkday.asp Pics here]].
** To be fair, however, the plaque was made by a Texan company despite correct instructions from the town in Florida, so the fault lies with Texas.
* [[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 decided to 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.cc.com/video-clips/u128k0/the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart-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]].
* Former attorney and well known anti-video game 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.
* 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, Florida 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 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrICSgXBO2Y stories]] ever.
* The University of Miami football team used to be listed under TheTysonZone (when the page still allowed real-life examples), 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 Music/TwoLiveCrew 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 showed up in suits. Miami showed up in full combat fatigues. During the event, Miami defensive tackle Jerome Brown compared 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 created the "Miami Rule" to punish it.
** 1992: A bench-clearing brawl with San Diego State included 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'' wrote [[http://www.si.com/vault/1995/06/12/203859/broken-beyond-repair-an-open-letter-to-the-president-of-miami-urges-him-to-dismantle-his-vaunted-football-program-to-salvage-his-schools-reputation 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 recorded 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 broke into a woman's dorm room and got 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 was confronted by reporters for intentionally injuring an opposing player and has an epic freakout on camera, where he declared "I'm a fucking soldier!"
** 2005: A group of UM students (including several members of the football team, one of whom was future NFL Pro Bowler Greg Olsen) released 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 was 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 Creator/{{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 some students and teachers broke out in mysterious rashes that added to the zombie paranoia.
** The 2012 Miami cannibal attack wouldn't be the last report of zombies in Florida. [[http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/florida-man-caught-eating-strangers-face-was-standout-student-fsu-frat-brother-8691963 Four years later]], in Tequesta, a nineteen-year-old Florida State University student (a fraternity member, football player, and model collegiate by all accounts) broke into the home of a fiftysomething couple, killed them both, and was eating the man's face when the police arrived and subdued him (it took four officers to pry him away after a stun gun and a K-9 dog had no effect). A neighbor who had tried to stop him earlier was also non-fatally stabbed. An hour prior to the incident, the culprit had stormed out of a nearby restaurant where he was having dinner with his family, complaining about slow service.
* 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 Only in Florida.
** Double bonus points: The bags hit, among other things, a church and a Crime Watch Meeting.
* A similar incident happened when [[http://thesmokinggun.com/documents/florida/flying-cocaine-arrest-897541 cocaine bags]] got tossed out the sunroof of a moving car...and landed on the hood of the police cruiser chasing it.
* [[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. [[http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/01/23/florida-cops-taser-naked-burglar-who-pooped-and-masturbated-when-homeowner-pulled-a-gun/ Raw Story has more information on the story]].
** 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]].
* June 2, 2014: Brevard County Judge John C. Murphy and Public Defender Andrew Weinstock's talk about how to proceed with the trials leads to the ill-tempered Judge [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYFOLNNqbK0 asking him for a fight outside saying "I'll beat your ass."]] While the footage didn't show how the fight went, we hear banging noises and the Judge shouting "You want to FUCK with me?! DO YA?!" While [[http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/brevard-judge-accused-punching-public-defender/ngZ95/ the public defender quit]], the judge is ''still on the bench'' but still [[http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/2015/07/10/murphy-responds-jcq-rebuke/29986973/ facing consequences from the incident]].
* 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]]. Subverted when it turned out to be a hoax.
* 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'', yet neither one caught on.
* A minor example compared to all of these, but there have been a number of cases involving various TV stations swapping networks:
** 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 switch 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 ''[[DevelopmentHell 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 claimed that [[http://stuppid.com/florida-man-devil-world-ending/ he was the Devil]], and that everybody in the world had until July 24, 2015 to bow down to him, or else he would kill them. Don't bother praying to God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or the Virgin Mary -- he killed them all the past fall.
* May 12, 2015: A Florida man turns himself into the police for [[http://www.mandatory.com/2015/05/12/man-kills-imaginary-friend-turns-self-in-takes-worlds-saddest/ murdering his imaginary friend]], and is only arrested after threatening the police because they wouldn't give him the death penalty for the crime he supposedly committed. The article acknowledges that since this is Florida, it shouldn't really surprise anyone. (Unfortunately, that story turned out to be a hoax.)
* 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 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]]).
* Man wants to buy a 12-pack of beer but doesn't have any money? That's normal. Trying to ''trade a LIVE alligator'' for a 12-pack of beer? [[http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article1958599.html Miami]].
* An ''ethics commissioner'' complains about the above-mentioned [[http://spbc.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2015/05/21/this-commissioner-thinks-the-sunshine-law-is-ludicrous-and-ridiculous/ sunshine laws]] and believes that ''[[Myth/ClassicalMythology Apollo]]'' would agree with him. The congressman's [[SarcasmMode reply]]? He's not sure if Apollo is in his district.
* Projections show that if the polar icecaps were to ever ''completely'' melt (unlikely) Florida would have the dubious honor of being the only US state to be totally underwater and not just half submerged like the other coastal states.
* In Pembroke Pines, a [[http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Cyclists-Injured-After-Crashing-Into-Dead-Alligator-in-Weston-310333561.html dead alligator carcass]] was large enough for several unlucky cyclists to crash into it and be hospitalized.
* A Jacksonville couple was [[http://www.kdon.com/onair/the-morning-madhouse-44878/couple-arrested-for-selling-golden-tickets-13469663/ arrested for]] selling [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory golden tickets]][[note]]According to the police report; the "tickets" were wooden planks painted gold[[/note]] to {{Heaven}} for $99.99. The man claimed he had gotten the "tickets" from a man he identified as UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} and later said he met an alien named Stevie that promised to take him to a planet made of crack cocaine if he and his wife got the money together. Unfortunately, it's been debunked by [[http://www.snopes.com/media/notnews/goldentickets.asp Snopes as a hoax]].
* A Daytona Beach, Florida restaurant/gun range [[http://www.cbsnews.com/news/florida-shooting-range-gets-green-light-to-sell-booze/ was granted a liquor license]] for the restaurant. And they're not the only such place in the state.
* There is a house in Tarpon Springs where the owner decided to cover the entire exterior and driveway [[http://www.komonews.com/news/offbeat/Photos-Florida-man-stumps-neighbors-by-covering-home-in-aluminum-foil-330750541.html in aluminum foil]]. Turns out, it's just an art project, but no one understands why but the artist himself.
* A school district settles for $600,000 because the principal hypnotized three students to death? [[http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/florida-schools-settle-parents-three-teens-who-died-after-hypnosis-n440556 North Port.]]
* A woman accidentally glues her eyes shut after mistaking glue for eye drops? [[http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/10/09/florida-woman-on-mend-after-mistaking-glue-for-eye-drops/?intcmp=hphz01 Lantana.]]
* The now-infamous "[[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2015/11/02/the-true-story-behind-zola-the-epic-twitter-story-too-crazy-to-be-real/ Zola Story]]", which a stripper is lured to Florida with promises of quick money and is quickly ensnared in a plot involving sex trafficking, kidnapping, and possible murder and suicide attempts. The Washington Post checked up on the story and most of it checks out as true (albeit rather exaggerated), as well as lending evidence to another incident involving two other women and the same trafficker and bringing light to the reality of sex trafficking.
* The story of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augustus_Sol_Invictus Augustus Sol Invictus]]. The Orlando lawyer and 2016 Libertarian Senate candidate might just be the most insane man in American politics. [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/10/05/the-craziest-paragraph-written-about-a-florida-senate-candidate-in-at-least-nine-months/ This article]] in the ''Washington Post'' sums it up up best: "If this story didn't tell you the state in which this man was running for Senate, you'd still be able to guess it, right?" Where to begin...
** First off, his real name is unknown, as Augustus declines to reveal it. He renamed himself after a Latin phrase that means "majestic unconquered sun". It's been claimed that his birth name is Austin Gillespie, but he refuses to confirm or deny this.
** In 2013, Augustus ''walked'' from central Florida to the Mojave Desert and spent a week fasting and praying. In a pagan ritual to give thanks when he returned home, he killed a goat and drank its blood.
** On his [=LinkedIn=] blog, Augustus called for "total insurrection", stating... well, let's hear it in [[http://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2015/10/02/libertarian-party-of-florida-chairman-resigns-accuses-candidate-of-goat-sacrifice-and-eugenics his words.]]
-->"I do not want you to vote, so much as I want you to wake up. I want you to drop out and tune in. I want you to take LSD and practice sorcery. I want you to listen to {{trap music}} and {{black metal}}, to learn the law and to break it deliberately, to find your own religion. I want you to [[TheSpartanWay learn the use of firearms and subject yourselves to rigorous physical training]]. I want you to treat your bodies as Holy Temples and to take your girlfriend to a strip club so you can seduce a dancer in the back room. I want you to worship Nature and dance naked in the moonlight 'round the fire, screaming in ecstatic joy. I want you to revolt. Raise Hell. Break your limitations. Renounce your life and go into the Wilderness, that God may speak to you of things to come."
** Adrian Wyllie, the chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida, resigned out of protest when Augustus began endorsing eugenics and recruiting neo-Nazis into the party to fight a Second American Civil War, which he claims to have prophesied. Many Florida Libertarians utterly hate his guts, viewing him as having [[http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/romano-a-bizarre-senate-candidate-fractures-floridas-libertarian-party/2248822 destroyed]] all the hard-earned credibility that the party won with its 3.8% showing in the 2014 gubernatorial election (see above). He wound up losing the Libertarian Senate primary by [[http://independentpoliticalreport.com/2016/08/74-to-26-florida-libertarians-reject-invictus-nominate-stanton-for-senate-in-aug-30-primary/ 47 points]] to Paul Stanton, a man who didn't even run a formal campaign.
* In an effort to bring awareness to homelessness, a man began camping outside of an Orlando Best Buy store for Black Friday deals... [[http://www.clickorlando.com/news/man-camps-out-for-black-friday-33-days-early/36048996 33 days before Black Friday]].
* At a DUI law enforcement conference in Fort Lauderdale hosted by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the organization honors Pinellas County police officer Michael Szeliga for making over a hundred DUI arrests. Problem is, he shows up to the conference [[http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/fla-officer-wasted-anti-drunk-driving-conference-article-1.2428310 piss-drunk]], slurring his way through his acceptance speech, and he was later found walking around a hotel hallway in his underwear. He also skipped out on a session of DUI training during the conference. Szeliga was suspended for one day, and the MADD award was swiftly revoked.
* One [[http://abc13.com/pets/photos-massive-gator-goliath-returns-to-florida-golf-course/576362/ golf course club]] in an Sarasota County suburb found itself playing house to a colony of alligators, with one in particular [[http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/gone-viral/os-gators-caught-fight-florida-golf-course-20151201-post.html so massive]] they've dubbed it "Goliath". In a rare display of common sense, whenever the alligators appear and waddle across the greens, the golfers wisely stay their distance. Even better, in December of 2015 Goliath was caught on video [[http://abcnews.go.com/US/goliath-gator-stalk-gator-tackling/story?id=35529916 attacking a smaller alligator]] in a territorial depute during the middle of a golf game.
** And it's not just Sarasota County as well. In June 2016, a gator [[http://www.wesh.com/news/monster-alligator-filmed-roaming-florida-golf-course/39821618 probably just as big as Goliath]] was filmed waddling across a golf course in Manatee County. And just like above, the golfers wisely keep their distance.
* In the Florida Bay, there is a small island known as [[UnfortunateNames Dildo Key]].
* [[http://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/20160119/police-blotter-woman-tells-jail-officials-she-doesnt-know-how-drugs-got-into-her-genitals Jailed woman caught with pills in her genitals, claims she doesn't know how they got there?]] No prizes for guessing where this happened.
* An elderly woman in Miami goes to bed...and [[http://miami.cbslocal.com/2016/01/26/99-year-old-woman-wakes-up-to-find-exotic-animal-on-her-chest/ wakes up to find an escaped kinkajou napping]] on her chest. Especially since the animals are actually illegal to own unless you have a special license.
* January, 2016: In what sounds like the plot of a Creator/CarlHiaasen novel, the police find a dead woman, an incoherent man, a note and [[EverythingIsBetterWithMonkeys two live monkeys]] in a [[http://www.inquisitr.com/2756814/dead-woman-capuchin-monkeys-found-in-florida-motel-police-look-for-answers/ South Florida motel room.]]
* [[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 ''Swastika Park''.
* Guy decides to toss an alligator into the drive-thru window of a Wendy's restaurant. The reporter even said [[http://www.wptv.com/news/region-c-palm-beach-county/loxahatchee-acreage/man-accused-of-tossing-gator-into-wendys-drive-thru-window this is something]] that really only happens in Florida, especially since the actual incident happened in October 2015, but no arrests were made until February 2016.
* Another Floridian bit his [[http://www.ohio.com/news/local/florida-man-who-bit-off-fingertips-to-hide-identity-is-sentenced-to-prison-in-ohio-1.672602 fingertips off]] to avoid being captured by police. It didn't work but instead of being sent back to Florida to serve his sentence; his sentence will be served in UsefulNotes/{{Ohio}}.
* 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, simply because her rant went viral.
* A Largo, Florida man was arrested for vandalizing a home. His explanation: [[http://kron4.com/2016/04/11/cops-too-much-music-masturbation-caused-man-to-vandalize-home/ He listened to too much music]] and did [[ADateWithRosiePalms too much masturbation]].
* Florida is probably the only state in the country with an entire ''village'' dedicated solely to retirees, appropriately named The Villages. In fact, children are expressly ''banned'' unless they're just visiting. The village is about an hour north of Orlando and its main form of transportation is the golf cart because a big chunk of the land are golf courses. A more infamous note about The Villages: it's the most well-known area in the country that has an alarmingly increasing rate of [=STDs=] and according to residents, a growing black market for Viagra.
* [[http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/05/11/man-cleaning-gun-shoots-himself-but-doesnt-realize-it-until-3-days-later.html Man cleaning gun shoots himself but fails to realize it until 3 days later]]? You got it, [[OverlyLongGag Florida]].
* Alan Grayson, U.S Rep. for Florida's 9th District and running for Senator, gets married to [[http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2016/05/alan-grayson-weds-dena-minning-a-candidate-seeking-to-replace-him-in-congress.html the woman campaigning for his congressional seat]].
* Key West resident served a citation for a car tagged as improperly discarded trash. If that wasn't weird enough, the vehicle is a [[http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/florida-keys/article80843262.html replica of]] [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Fred Flintstone's car]]; complete with being powered by foot.
* Also from Key West; an argument over someone [[http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/florida-keys/article83320742.html breaking wind led to a fight in a bar]].
* In June 2016, the city of Orlando endured what the ''Daily Telegraph'' [[http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/when-horror-strikes-the-happiest-place-on-earth/news-story/d31cf402c204d7ccea4fce34f7e089e2 described]] as the Week From Hell, enduring three tragic incidents in the span of five days that each would've been national news had they happened separately. First, on Friday the 10th, Music/ChristinaGrimmie, the third-place contestant on season 6 of ''Series/TheVoice'', was shot by a LoonyFan during an appearance at The Plaza Live and died in hospital not long after. The big one happened during the early hours of Sunday the 12th, when the gay nightclub Pulse was attacked by a gunman who killed 49 people (not counting [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled himself]]) and wounded 53 others in the deadliest mass shooting in US history. The city was still grieving when, on Tuesday the 14th, a two-year-old boy at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Walt Disney World]] was snatched and killed by an alligator. Although the Pulse shooting largely overshadowed the other two in the public consciousness, that didn't make them any less tragic.
* And on a lighter note: a man in Clearwater, seeking revenge after his eviction from a trailer park, [[http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/florida-man-suspected-dumping-liquid-feces-pool-article-1.2692563 dumped liquid feces]] into the park's swimming pool.
* Congressional Representative Corrine Brown has [[http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/florida-congresswoman-pleads-not-guilty-to-fraud-charges/ar-BBu6Ffm?ocid=ansmsnnews11 been arrested]] and indicted on federal fraud charges along with her chief of staff for starting a fake charity with the intent of generating slush-fund money for everything from luxury seats to [[MundaneUtility car repairs]]. This is the latest controversy for the highly polarizing politician, whose list of prior controversies includes accusations of bribery, forgery, earmarking funds for her lobbyist daughter's clients and accusing the Bush Sr. presidency of being "racist" for their actions in Haiti, which included in her telling the then-Assistant Secretary Of State Roger Noriega that all Hispanics [[{{Hypocrite}} "look alike to me"]].
* During a tourism promotional event at Tampa International Airport, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUEfr9CEPWk a flamingo was caught on film dancing in circles to bagpipe music.]]
* ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'' players get shot at by a homeowner (fortunately, nobody was injured) after being mistaken for criminals? [[http://kotaku.com/flordia-man-fire-gun-at-pokemon-go-players-parked-outsi-1783804538 Palm Coast.]]
* A man in Orlando was arrested for meth possession...only for the crime lab to reveal that the white flakes found in his car were chipped Krispy Kreme glaze, from the doughnut [[http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-cop-mistook-doughnut-glaze-for-meth-20160727-story.html he had been eating]].
* During summer 2016, a number of parents of third-graders in seven Florida counties who had opted their children out of statewide testing were told their children would not be allowed to enter fourth grade that August. Some of these children were ''honor roll students'' (in other words, well above average). [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/08/12/parents-sue-when-third-grade-honors-students-are-not-promoted-to-fourth-grade/ The parents filed suit]], noting that several other counties did not interpret the state's testing law to require retention of opted-out students. Bonus points because the reporter flat-out invoked this trope – "In Florida (you knew it was Florida, didn’t you?)..."
* Where does a [[Music/{{NSYNC}} former teen idol]] open a hot dog stand in a food court and accidentally summon the police about a shooting when in reality it was a routine fire safety inspection? [[http://www.wftv.com/web/wftv/news/local/shooting-scare-at-florida-mall-sparked-by-inspection-of-joey-fatones-hot-dog-kiosk/429756636 Orlando.]] To be fair, the scare is justified in the wake of the above Pulse shooting.
* [[http://www.nbcnews.com/news/weird-news/vladimir-putin-arrested-florida-publix-supermarket-n640221 This report]] about [[NamesTheSame a man named Vladimir Putin]] (not to be confused with [[UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin THE Vladimir Putin]]) getting arrested outside a Publix supermarket in Florida for [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking trespassing]].
* Distracted driver crashes into another car? Hardly unusual. Distracted because she was [[http://jalopnik.com/5961705/woman-wrecks-car-while-shaving-pubes-in-duh-florida shaving her nethers]]? Yeah.
* First it was reticulated pythons, then African giant snails. Now, [[http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/gone-viral/sfl-creepy-clowns-lurk-around-florida-as-part-of-dangerous-nationwide-trend-20160927-htmlstory.html Florida has an infestation of]] [[MonsterClown clowns.]]
* A man in Stuart who violated his probation [[http://thingsfloridianslike.com/florida-man-uses-wanted-poster-facebook-profile-photo/ uses a wanted poster of himself]] as his Website/{{Facebook}} profile pic. [[StupidCrooks He is promptly arrested.]]
* After Hurricane Matthew knocked out power for a lot of homes along the east coast, a worried man was unable to reach his grandmother in Palm Coast and due to the power outage, the police and fire department couldn't answer, despite repeated attempts. [[http://abcnews.go.com/US/family-sends-pizza-deliveryman-check-grandma-hurricane/story?id=42749239 Papa John's Pizza, on the other hand, could.]]
* Sinkhole leaking millions of gallons of radioactive water into nearby aquifer? [[http://www.kiro7.com/news/trending-now/a-florida-sinkhole-is-leaking-radioactive-water/447001136 Hint: not Fukushima, Japan]].
* Florida man [[http://nbc4i.com/2016/11/02/doctors-says-man-developed-hepatitis-after-energy-drink-binge/ develops hepatitis]] after binging on energy drinks for three weeks.
* The town of [[https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/feb/26/welcome-to-gibtown-the-last-freakshow-town-in-america Gibsonton, aka Gibtown]], about fifteen minutes south of Tampa, began life as a winter home for people in the carnival and circus industry. Grady "Lobster Boy" Stiles, Al "the Giant" Tomiani, and his wife Jeanie "the Half-Woman", among other "freak show" acts, all called the town home; in effect, it was the RealLife inspiration for ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow'', albeit a fair bit more benign. The town had unique zoning laws allowing residents to keep elephants and circus trailers on their front lawns, and at one point, their post office was the only one in the country with a separate counter for little people. Even after the sideshows faded out in TheSeventies, Gibsonton went on to become the home of the International Independent Showmen's Association, the main organizing body for carnival workers.
* Also in Central Florida, between Orlando and Daytona Beach, is [[http://weekinweird.com/2015/06/03/ghosts-of-the-swamp-week-in-weird-investigates-cassadaga-florida-the-psychic-capital-of-the-world/ Cassadaga]]. It began life as a spiritualist camp in the late 19th century, and today, it proclaims itself the "Psychic Capital of the World" and is a major hub for spiritualists and New Agers, with half of its population of roughly one hundred being working mediums. The lone hotel in town is reputed to be haunted, and its upper floors are reserved for psychics to work.
* As mentioned on ''Series/TheDailyShowWithTrevorNoah'', the Brevard County Sheriff's Office has a [[http://www.cc.com/video-clips/kt8x97/the-daily-show-with-trevor-noah-the-top-trending-offenders regular video feature]] on their Facebook page where the sheriff spins a wheel with fugitives' photos and they ask the public to provide leads.
* 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? "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 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.
* March 2017: A lawyer defending an arsonist has to flee the courtroom [[http://www.wsbtv.com/news/trending-now/lawyers-pants-burst-into-flames-as-he-defends-arsonist_/501163987 because his pants caught fire]].
* April 2017: A Tampa man [[http://www.floridasunpost.com/tampa-man-loses-testicles-trying-fill-scuba-tank-weed-smoke/ loses his testicles]] after the scuba tank he was trying to fill with marijuana smoke fell from his workbench to the floor, exploding and sending shrapnel into his body (and shaved his scrotum off clean). Alcohol was a factor.
* 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]].
* 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.)
* 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]].
* 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 fourth person (also a neo-Nazi) connected to said double-homicide was apparently making explosives in his house.]]
* A man in Ocala sets up a game feeder and a camera in his backyard, and catches [[https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/07/11/Florida-mans-back-yard-overrun-with-vicious-monkeys/7201499776422/ about fifty rhesus macaque monkeys]] stealing the food. The monkeys are descended from a group of primates who were brought to nearby Silver Springs State Park in the '30s as part of a river boat attraction, and are a known pest in the area due to many of them carrying diseases; just a couple of weeks prior, a family visiting the park [[https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/07/03/Family-chased-off-by-aggressive-monkeys-at-Florida-state-park/8981499105269/ was chased by them]].
* 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.]]
* The entire Terri Schiavo case took place in Florida. For those who don't know, Terri 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.]]
* 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.
->''Florida Man Caught Adding [[TheStinger Stingers]] To TV Tropes Pages''