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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.
 
2013-06-14 08:31:38 PM  
Should have a FloriObvious tag.
 
2013-06-14 09:42:13 PM  

dickfreckle: 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.


Actually, I would split it three ways.  Everything north of I-4 is Redneck Land.  South is split East Coast/Gulf Coast.  East Coast is what you describe as the South Florida kind.  Loud and always from somewhere else.  Gulf Coast is quieter, more republican and older.  But where else can you see senior naked golf?
 
2013-06-14 11:09:45 PM  
After all the weird stories from Florida, it's nice to read a story about how many weird stories there are from Florida.

Florida meta-tag trumps Florida tag.
 
2013-06-14 11:41:53 PM  
My family moved to Florida in 1953, from New Jersey, on the recommendation of a physician because my older brother was actually allergic to snow. Every winter, he'd get pneumonia-like chest colds.

I was one year old. We moved into a town that was not even on the map -- Vero Beach. A small, quaint, peaceful place on the east coast, with part of it on a barrier island along the Indian River Lagoon. My grandparents came along and they all bought a small roadside motel consisting of several cabins along US1. Jewel Court.

I have dim memories of sleeping out on the screened in porch in the hot summer nights, waist high wild grasses in the back among a small neglected orange grove. There was, to me, a huge brick circular base out front, with a huge, brilliant neon sign advertising the place at night. Beyond the glow of the sign was the main highway and -- darkness.

Remember, at that age I was about three feet tall.

I-95 dead ended just beyond the county line. Leaving the city limits meant driving into miles of rural roads, citrus groves, wild woods, huge, deep freshwater drainage ditches usually crossed via rickety wooden bridges. Most folks had water wells that pumped up iron water and stained the white walls of stucco homes a rich brown. No water softeners. Many homes had deep sulfur water artesian wells, that fed into aerators to get most of the (reeking) sulfur gasses and minerals out by oxidation before piping it into the homes. It leaves a ton of slimy, bearded looking stuff behind.

I think the local population was about 10,000. We had one classic air conditioned theater in town (the size of the compressor was like a VW Bug) and one outdoor theater. We had a roller skating rink, which was heavily used, kept cool by a huge exhaust fan in the back of the building that drew air in from the front. It was fun to stand in front of the massive thing and enjoy the breeze, the funny way it made your voice sound and all of the scents of popcorn, skate wax, skate oil, soap, shampoo, hotdogs, bubble gum and hamburgers.

The entire city closed down by 9:00 at night. Nearly every store was closed on Sunday. There were no convenience stores. We knew all of the physicians by name and had a small hospital, with a cafeteria open to the general public.

You could go fishing in the lagoon and in a few hours bring home enough fish and crabs to last you and your family a week. Every winter, we went shrimping off an old wooden bridge with a turnstile in the center.

When cars passed, we all climbed the rails since they rattled the boards. Two cars could not cross the bridge going in opposite directions unless they were darn good drivers.

People were friendly, open and honest. The air was clean and clear. The schools good. Ralph Sexton was the local millionaire and eccentric. (Google him.) A new thing came when I was a kid of about 5: the housing development. A planned community of homes all built of basically the same style.

We moved into one. It cost, brand new, $5000.

The insanity started in Florida when one governor initiated his 'Be A Friendly Floridian' campaign, apparently deciding that the state needed not only more tourists but residents, which would generate jobs and income.

I think we should have shot him before too many people heard about that slogan.

Miami had not yet become 'Little Cuba' but a magnet for retiring people of the Jewish faith. Palm Beach had already been discovered by the wealthy, who were doing their best to increase property values and build luxury homes all over the place. Orlando had not yet been discovered by Disney. Though in the 60's, with the government crackdown on pot, Florida, with it's many beaches and thousands of acres of undeveloped forests and swamps, promptly became the State which basically supplied the rest of the US.

For a time in the 70's, lovers taking romantic strolls along the lonely beaches at night were apt to stumble upon smugglers unloading bails of weed -- which usually proved fatal. After enough folks had been gunned down, the Coast Guard increased their patrols -- and smugglers started dumping bails over the side.

So, bails of pot started becoming nearly as common as seashells along the beaches, which naturally drew the interest of the locals and around half the state was stoned for a time.

Castro locked down Cuba and suddenly half of the island nation was cobbling together anything that might float, including pickup trucks and heading for the US. They mainly settled in Miami and annexed it as an extension of Cuba. You eventually needed to speak Spanish if you wished to live and work there.

Cold winters drove a lot of folks from the Northern states down here and they liked the tropical atmosphere, the easy availability of cheap land and after several vacations, decided not to go home anymore.

Most chose to live along the magnificent beaches -- promptly developing them into places that no longer resembled the tropical isles of the Pacific but rather, expensive slums. Along with them came the service oriented businesses to supply their every needs. Soon, the infrastructure of the state had to be reworked to accommodate the mass exodus from the north to the south.

Realtors not only went deliriously insane, but developers fought each other to grab up as much property as possible. Land went from $1000 an undeveloped acre to $5000 and eventually wound up anywhere between $80,000 and a million.

Commercial fishermen discovered the Indian River Lagoon and promptly set about relieving us of the huge amount of delicious fish that lived there. They did such a fine job of it that the State had to ban commercial fishing by the 80's because even bait fish were becoming scarce.

Folks discovered the vast Oyster and Clam beds. As a kid, I went with my family and harvested buckets of the critters and my Mom made huge pots of stew from what we gathered in one day. Now, we'd have to scour the area for a week to find enough.

Florida is a low lying state, meaning the water table is usually high. Now, tear down the wild woods and pave everything over and sink several hundred thousand new freshwater wells, along with installing septic systems.

The heavy yearly rainfall soon no longer filters into the soil, but washes along paved streets, off new lawns and into canals which channel it right into the Lagoon and the sea -- taking every bit of garbage along with it.

You wind up with major pollution. The water table drops. You get water shortages and sinkholes. Fecal bacteria starts showing up in wells, lagoons, lakes, streams and the ocean. Folks scratch their heads and wonder why.

Yearly hurricanes now come ashore to find thousands of new homes in their paths instead of wild woods which acted like barriers. So, the hurricanes simply flatten everything in their way, even more so because the forests that used to absorb the force are now gone. So are the many acres of wild lands that used to absorb the torrential rains -- which now turn into floods.

Homes that survived hurricanes for generations now find themselves being blown apart since there's no trees to absorb the winds and development changed the lay of the land so masses of runoff now gushes through their properties instead of dispersing as it used to.

Yeah, the State is full of Derp, but it all came from elsewhere and they're still coming.
 
2013-06-15 12:18:46 AM  

pute kisses like a man: 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.




Florida...
 
2013-06-15 03:57:55 AM  

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.


Consider Florida a national sacrifice zone.  If it weren't for Florida, all those people would be living here.

\Ditto New York and LA.
 
2013-06-15 08:09:59 AM  

dstanley: A wretched hive of scum and villainy.


That would be Pasco and Polk counties.

When one of my former coworkers found out I was moving from West Palm to Tampa, first thing he said was "I know Tampa, good crystal meth". I dont know if its good, but its all over the farking place. Ditto for pill abuse. Being a tabletop and RPG gamer its kinda sad when the majority of the populations answer to "what are you doing this weekend?" is "find out whos got the good stuff".
 
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