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Thu Dec 6, 2012, 03:46 PM

The year's 20 weirdest stories from Florida, America's weirdest state

http://now.msn.com/florida-weird-news-2012-year-in-review

"At the intersection of the absurd, the unbelievable, the SMH and the WTF you’ll find Florida. It might be the water, it might be the humidity, it might be the hurricanes or the constant threat of death by gator, but chances are, if you are reading about some really cray cray s**t, there is a strong likelihood it took place in Florida. Welcome to the Sunshine State, a place where fantastical things happen with clockwork regularity, and where weird is a way of life. Above are a selection of images that encapsulates the magical strangeness of 27th state, the best of the Year in Florida. You can read more via the links below, ranked in order of gallery appearance."

Love it or leave it, Florida always has something interesting going on.

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Reply The year's 20 weirdest stories from Florida, America's weirdest state (Original post)
NCTraveler Dec 2012 OP
Tommy_Carcetti Dec 2012 #1
NCTraveler Dec 2012 #5
Tommy_Carcetti Dec 2012 #7
Warpy Dec 2012 #13
BlueJazz Dec 2012 #2
Tommy_Carcetti Dec 2012 #3
BlueJazz Dec 2012 #12
HockeyMom Dec 2012 #4
whathehell Dec 2012 #6
NCTraveler Dec 2012 #8
whathehell Dec 2012 #15
Tommy_Carcetti Dec 2012 #9
Brother Buzz Dec 2012 #10
Tommy_Carcetti Dec 2012 #11
Brother Buzz Dec 2012 #16
Tommy_Carcetti Dec 2012 #17
RebelOne Dec 2012 #14
sylvi Dec 2012 #18
Tommy_Carcetti Dec 2012 #19
HooptieWagon Dec 2012 #20
russspeakeasy Dec 2012 #21

Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 03:48 PM

1. I love it, craziness and all. Wouldn't live anywhere else.

The craziness makes it all the more enjoyable. Well, that and the scenery and weather.

Oh, and the fact that we're now a blue state two elections in a row.

If only we could get rid of our ridiculously gerrymandered legislature and our Medicare fraud of a governor....

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 03:54 PM

5. Blue state two elections in a row. Can't be said often enough.

Some of the hardest working Democrats you will ever meet. Unfortunately, many local government bodies are still batshit crazy.

Lived here all of my life and love it. Going home tonight to prep the boat for a weekend trip.

Rick Scott a fraud. You don't say. I still don't know how the hell that happened. I guess money talks.

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Response to NCTraveler (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 03:58 PM

7. Low voter turnout from everyone except the Tea Party.

That's how Rick Scott happened.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 04:04 PM

13. "All the nuts roll down to Florida"

is something I've heard the natives say all my life. The pace slowed a bit after the 2004 hurricane season followed by the 2006 crash in real estate, combined with the fact that the natural beauty of the state has largely been obliterated in some areas by an unbroken wall of high rise condos blocking the beaches. Jebbie's contractor buddies did a hell of a lot of damage and I don't see how the state is going to recover from it.

I really hate heat and humidity, especially humidity, so I'd never be tempted to move there. However, I'd hope that the slow political progress starts to move a bit faster and the state does something about the clown legislature and that idiot governor.

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 03:51 PM

2. Sadly..years ago, Florida was a strong Democratic state. ,,,and then the Republicans came..

...and screwed it up for everybody.

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Response to BlueJazz (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 03:54 PM

3. We're swinging back.

Voted for Obama two elections in a row, got rid of Allen West and David Riveria, elected two Democrats to open seats (including Alan Grayson), deposed the Republican in line to be Speaker of the House, rejected an amendment which sought to circumvent the ACA.

The only big things remaining--and they are a doozie--are the Governor's seat and the legislature. I think the chances of booting out Rick Scott are good. The legislature, on the other hand, will take some time.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 04:04 PM

12. Scott is a real pip. I live in the Tampa Bay area.

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 03:54 PM

4. My Dad (born/raised in NYC) used to say INDIANA was nuts

We used to spend our summers there when I was a kid at my Uncle's home. My Mom wanted to move there, but both Dad and ME (as a kid) said no way.

Dad, having lived in Florida for 5 years, Florida is crazier than Indiana. It must be the blazing, hot SUN that fries peoples brains here. I happen to think Indiana is far more normal than Florida.

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 03:57 PM

6. Well, it's tied with Texas, wouldn't you say? nt

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Response to whathehell (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 03:59 PM

8. If we feel Texas is creeping in on us for the title....

we will up our game.

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Response to NCTraveler (Reply #8)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 04:18 PM

15. LOL!

Nice to see the competitive spirit!

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Response to whathehell (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 03:59 PM

9. Not to mention California.

Come to think of it, just about every state has a little bit of crazy in it.

Yes, even Minnesota.

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 04:00 PM

10. Carl Hiaasen hipped me about Florida

He, and Tim Dorsey.

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #10)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 04:03 PM

11. Love Hiaasen and love Dorsey.

The thing about Dorsey is that he makes Hiaasen seem normal.

But I love them both.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Reply #11)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 04:19 PM

16. I'd love to see Hiaasen and Dorsey collaborate on a book

Where, maybe, Skink could sort of mentor Serge Storms by reeling him in a bit, and together they could reinvent divine justice.

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #16)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 04:27 PM

17. That would be truly awesome.

Hiaasen did colloborate with 12 other Florida novelists in "Naked Came the Manatee," but sadly Dorsey was not one of them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naked_Came_the_Manatee

On another note, there is a recent book published called "Homegrown in Florida" featuring both non-fictional and fictional stories of growing up in Florida. Both Hiaasen and Dorsey are included:

http://www.amazon.com/Homegrown-Florida-William-McKeen/dp/0813042054

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 04:13 PM

14. I lived in South Florida most of my life until I moved up here to North Georgia.

Craziness is an understatement. I loved it, but I left it.

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 04:29 PM

18. If I had a research staff

 

If I had a research staff I'm sure I could find just as much craziness in any other state over the course of a year.

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Response to sylvi (Reply #18)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 04:44 PM

19. You know, you are probably right.

But speaking as a Floridian, I've come to relish the notion of Florida as a wild and crazy, anything goes state. Gives it a sense of character. In the same way that California's wackiness makes it likewise endearing.

As Michael Scott of The Office described it, Florida is a "wonderful, colorful lawless swamp."

Now, try to insinuate that Florida has no natural beauty, or insult its weather, or claim that it is a throwaway backwater dominated solely by Republicans, then you will have a problem with me.

But I know we are crazy. And I love it.

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 04:49 PM

20. The weirdest thing about Florida,

Is that 98% of people here are rejects from other states, like NC.

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 05:53 PM

21. I swear to god; 10 years ago, when we moved here,

it was not this crazy....Now you just pick up the local paper and say WTF ? Sexual predators of both sexes, politicians who admit they stole the publics money and win re election. A single farm (slaughterhouse) requests 15 million gallons of free aquifer water PER DAY and the county administration cuts it to 11 million a day and claim victory ! Yeah, this place is crazy. And gettting crazier.

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