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(Orlando Sentinel)   "Florida has long eclipsed California as the place where the bizarre, unusual and outlandish have become commonplace"   (articles.orlandosentinel.com) divider line 57
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2013-06-14 11:17:14 AM
I like to think that we here at Fark were in the vanguard when it came to identifying Florida as the retarded stepson of the states.
 
2013-06-14 11:17:55 AM
More people are traveling to Florida on Amtrak instead of flying to California.
 
2013-06-14 11:19:06 AM
 
2013-06-14 11:22:57 AM

BitwiseShift: More people are traveling to Florida on Amtrak instead of flying to California.


Amtrak? They wish. Think Greyhound.
 
2013-06-14 11:24:28 AM
We still have our reputation as a major bastion of flakes and nuts, though

/they can't take that away from us
 
2013-06-14 11:26:41 AM
Reason -- Because it's Floriduh.
 
2013-06-14 11:41:34 AM
well, i think florida is a bad kind of weird.

whereas, louisiana is an awesome kind of weird...

/ you know what's not weird?  austin.
 
2013-06-14 11:46:41 AM
Whether he's writing fiction or journalism, Carl Hiaasen's main character is always Florida, that axis of weirdness that gave us the sagas of Elian Gonzales, and dimpled "chads." It's also where developers build homes around gravel pits advertised as "lakefront property," and where marijuana falls out of the sky.

This is how Hiaasen describes Florida: "The Sunshine State is a paradise of scandals teeming with drifters, deadbeats, and misfits drawn here by some dark primordial calling like demented trout. And you'd be surprised how many of them decide to run for public office."
 
2013-06-14 11:47:01 AM
Some towns contribute more weirdness than others... Niceville ironically pops up often.  So does Sanford.
 
2013-06-14 11:47:25 AM
I don't think "eclipsed" is the right word. "Excellent competition" is probably the phrase that works best.
 
2013-06-14 11:50:06 AM
i563.photobucket.com tag is apparently vacationing in Florida.
 
2013-06-14 11:51:41 AM
and then . . .

i.imgur.com
 
2013-06-14 11:57:04 AM

Obscene_CNN: I'll drink to that!

http://youtu.be/ACgJhE2L7Ms?t=46s


I'll drunk to that.
 
2013-06-14 12:03:05 PM
Professor Socky?
 
2013-06-14 12:03:33 PM
To be fair high taxes and high unemployment have made the bizarre, unusual and outlandish too expensive for most Californians.
 
2013-06-14 12:06:07 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: I like to think that we here at Fark were in the vanguard when it came to identifying Florida as the retarded stepson of the states.


And in return, Florida has become the backbone of Fark's news gathering and dissemination efforts.  Hats off!
 
2013-06-14 12:06:34 PM
Everything is illegal here in the Golden State.  And we're all broke too.  We do still have the Arcata Eye though, right?

http://www.arcataeye.com/category/police-log/

It seems we do.
 
2013-06-14 12:14:27 PM

Old_Fark: and then . . .

[i.imgur.com image 399x750]


Needs more jean shorts.
 
2013-06-14 12:29:44 PM

cartersdad: Professor Socky?


Rollins College professor Socky O'Sullivan ......

Uh... huh, huh, huh
 
2013-06-14 12:31:58 PM
A lot of people who have never been to California don't realize that most of the state is Republican farm land. You can see home made billboards while driving up the valley, that say Get the US Out of the UN! , or I Didn't Vote For Obama!
It's really just the major cities (and sant cruz, and humbolt, and..) where the majority of "crazy" people are. And a lot of those people have emigrated there from another state.
 
2013-06-14 12:38:00 PM

beatmonkey: A lot of people who have never been to California don't realize that most of the state is Republican farm land. You can see home made billboards while driving up the valley, that say Get the US Out of the UN! , or I Didn't Vote For Obama!
It's really just the major cities (and sant cruz, and humbolt, and..) where the majority of "crazy" people are. And a lot of those people have emigrated there from another state.


Yeah... I live in one of the reddest counties in the country

/of course, in this county, there are family trees with no branches since the gold rush
 
2013-06-14 12:55:50 PM
FTFA: "There are some incredibly dull towns in Florida. We are as dull as Ohio in many areas."

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.
 
2013-06-14 01:01:40 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: We still have our reputation as a major bastion of flakes and nuts, though

/they can't take that away from us


True, but many of them, such as Orly Taitz, are imported.
 
2013-06-14 01:05:37 PM

Lorelle: MaudlinMutantMollusk: We still have our reputation as a major bastion of flakes and nuts, though

/they can't take that away from us

True, but many of them, such as Orly Taitz, are imported.


A lot of pests are

/that's why we have those ag inspection stations at the state lines
//they obviously don't catch everything, though
 
2013-06-14 01:18:41 PM

JonnyBGoode: [i563.photobucket.com image 54x11] tag is apparently vacationing in Florida.


This is what I came to say. Never was the obvious tag more appropriate here on Fark and may never will be again. An utter travesty not to use it.
 
2013-06-14 01:21:51 PM
Well now that Fark isn't ahead of the game anymore on this, we need that proposed Arizona tag to become reality.  Sadly, I could not find it with Google Image Search, though. =/
 
2013-06-14 01:22:20 PM
Florida has two types of weirdness: The redneck kind (most of the state), and the South Florida kind. Two different countries, basically, united by a desire to be stupid.
 
2013-06-14 01:29:34 PM
Now everything that happens here - including serious incidents - gets magnified and overheated by media that can't take their eyes off Florida. Mom charged with killing daughter. Black teen killed inside a gated community. Bring in the klieg lights; park the satellite trucks at the curb.
Carlson contends kookiness has become so ordinary that we take it for granted until somebody from outside shines the spotlight on Florida as the nation's Ripley's Believe It Or Not! - see the World's Smallest Dog, Visit the Underwater Cemetery, Meet Miami's Face-eating Man.
"It's a mind-set with our population. We've lived in the middle of it for so long we accept it as the norm," he said.

O'Sullivan says this is not a good thing. The national obsession with the outlandish overlooks the overarching banality of Florida.
"I don't think we ought to define ourselves as a place where the weird is the norm," he said. "There are some incredibly dull towns in Florida. We are as dull as Ohio in many areas."

So, while there are weird things going on all over, the weird stories have become a cottage industry for authors like Hiaasen, newspapers and blogs like FARK.  No doubt there are 'interesting' people and 'interesting' events going on in Florida, but it by no means has a monopoly on strangeness.  Bottom line is these stories about Florida have been monetized while weird stories from Ohio, Louisianna or Minnesota haven't been.
 
2013-06-14 01:38:05 PM

pute kisses like a man: you know what's not weird?  austin.


Traffic was too much, all those Republicans moving in. Weird moved to Portland.
 
2013-06-14 01:58:17 PM

JonnyBGoode: [i563.photobucket.com image 54x11] tag is apparently vacationing in Florida.


Came specifically for this.
 
2013-06-14 02:35:39 PM
It's too bad. If it weren't for the people, Florida would be a nice state. Same goes for the other states.
 
2013-06-14 02:38:20 PM

hasty ambush: To be fair high taxes and high unemployment have made the bizarre, unusual and outlandish too expensive for most Californians.


depends on what part of Cali.  Humboldt Co weirdness refuses to be constrained by such factors.
 
2013-06-14 02:41:23 PM
youdontsay.jpg
 
2013-06-14 02:50:02 PM

pute kisses like a man: well, i think florida is a bad kind of weird.

whereas, louisiana is an awesome kind of weird...

/ you know what's not weird?  austin.


And Portland, oR is a lame, hipster, cart-foodie weird.

Good beer, though
 
2013-06-14 03:00:54 PM
according to HST, the California crazy came from the settlers.
If you had something going well in MA., why would you leave to go to OH?  If you had something going well in OH why would you leave to go to CA?  It was this "filtering" or attrition that made California fill to the brim with sketchy types.  Which makes sense if you think about it.

In the past 25-30 years though, the price of admission to CA has gone way up while FL remains a rock solid investment/ retirement/ mobile home park.
Sinkholes aside, Earthquakes'll kill you in the blink of an eye, Hurricanes though, you just get all new dry stuff in your shopping cart.
There's also a thriving need for unskilled labor in agriculture and drugs so there's that as well.
Plus, It's big.  Try to hide in New England, it's not gonna happen.  Lookit Whitey Bulger he was seriously connected and even he left for anonymity of elsewhere.
Seems simple enough.
 
2013-06-14 03:52:35 PM
It's a commentary on how times have changed that Jerry Brown, AKA Governor Moonbeam, is now considered the sober, pragmatic, responsible adult of California politics.
 
2013-06-14 03:55:01 PM

hasty ambush: To be fair high taxes and high unemployment have made the bizarre, unusual and outlandish too expensive for most Californians.


It's not the taxes, it's the cost of living and especially housing that makes living here so expensive.  I barely notice the taxes.
 
2013-06-14 03:55:36 PM
Port St Lucie is the epicenter of odd things happening, based on News of the Wierd headlines.
 
2013-06-14 03:56:30 PM
I live in California and been to Florida many times.  The later has plenty more mosquitos, humidity, rednecks, snowbirds and far too many folks from Illinois and NYC for my taste.

California has a lot of problems undoubtedly, but the choice is easy if I had to choose.
 
2013-06-14 04:06:21 PM

BitwiseShift: pute kisses like a man: you know what's not weird?  austin.

Traffic was too much, all those Republicans moving in. Weird moved to Portland.


lived in austin for a long time.  I don't think it was republicans. i think it was people who were told austin was cool, moved in, and immediately tore down all the stuff that was cool and remade it in their lame vision.

/ always amazes me how a whole bunch of people can want to move somewhere just to tear down what made the place special.
 
2013-06-14 04:17:42 PM
cbathrob:
It's not the taxes, it's the cost of living and especially housing that makes living here so expensive.  I barely notice the taxes.


This.  Although the recession has made housing a bit more bearable if you are buying in most places in California (except SF).
 
2013-06-14 05:33:55 PM
The land of wide open enclosures.

/20 years and no hurricanes for me down here
//at least one hurricane in New York
 
2013-06-14 05:35:27 PM
California is crazy for entertainment purposes. Florida (and its less humid incestuous cousin Arizona) is just plain crazy.
 
2013-06-14 05:38:52 PM

StopLurkListen: Whether he's writing fiction or journalism, Carl Hiaasen's main character is always Florida, that axis of weirdness that gave us the sagas of Elian Gonzales, and dimpled "chads." It's also where developers build homes around gravel pits advertised as "lakefront property," and where marijuana falls out of the sky.

This is how Hiaasen describes Florida: "The Sunshine State is a paradise of scandals teeming with drifters, deadbeats, and misfits drawn here by some dark primordial calling like demented trout. And you'd be surprised how many of them decide to run for public office."


Having lived in the Sunshine State a few times myself, I can state with absolute certainty that Carl Hiaasen has it right, in his articles and in his novels.
 
2013-06-14 06:14:59 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: I like to think that we here at Fark were in the vanguard when it came to identifying Florida as the retarded stepson of the states.


All Hail The Fark!
 
2013-06-14 06:58:01 PM
A wretched hive of scum and villainy.
 
2013-06-14 07:15:17 PM
Cali's just jealous because we have always had the superior weed grown here in Florida, not that over-priced stem / seed filled oregano they have in LaLa land.
 
2013-06-14 07:17:56 PM

Grumpy Cat: It's too bad. If it weren't for the people, Florida would be a nice state. Same goes for the other states.


You could say that about most of the planet.

/except Australia, where everything wants to sting you until you die a horrible death
 
2013-06-14 07:19:35 PM

DrunkWithImpotence: Everything is illegal here in the Golden State.  And we're all broke too.  We do still have the Arcata Eye though, right?

http://www.arcataeye.com/category/police-log/

It seems we do.


Heh, I used to work in the 76 on Alliance Rd, and during slow periods I'd read they Eye, it's still the best (most entertaining) paper I've ever read.

MaudlinMutantMollusk:

/of course, in this county, there are family trees with no branches since the gold rush

Sounds like McKinleyville!
 
2013-06-14 07:21:22 PM
I'll take the rednecks any day instead of the crap we got in South Fla.  If you could give negative farks these people would do it.  Whole other set of rules for these people, as in there are none.  No consideration or even awareness of other people and how to behave towards them.
 
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