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2013-07-19 02:47:10 PM
Not strange at all, its like watching a bus crash into a stadium full of orphans, while a sharknado dive bombs the whole mess.  And then everyone Stands Their Ground.

/there was an article? meh..
 
2013-07-19 02:50:02 PM
Old Jews, Cuban expats, trigger-happy neighborhood watchmen, and spring break idiocy year round in the same state.

It's like a reality show.
 
2013-07-19 02:50:54 PM
Why is Florida weird list.

Old people
Very religious
Carpetbaggers
Nouveau Rich from the rest of the country
Rednecks
Tourists
Really Old people
 
2013-07-19 02:51:48 PM
Don't forget methheads running naked across freeways then eaten by gators.

/born there a long time ago
//never going back
 
2013-07-19 02:51:58 PM
I wonder what kind of freak the Florida author is?
 
2013-07-19 02:53:34 PM
Face eating zombie bath salt users
Sinkholes
 
2013-07-19 02:54:30 PM
No. It is not strange.
It is self-preservation.
We're keeping an eye on it to make sure it doesn't spill over into the rest of us.
One infraction and we send in the rabbit with the saw.
 
2013-07-19 02:55:15 PM
Hooters
Epcot
Publix
 
2013-07-19 02:57:16 PM
It's not weird once you realize just how much money certain news and aggragator sites have made on click thrus about Florida since 2000.  You could have weird news from New York or California, but it doesn't carry the gravitas of a weird Florida story.

Article is kind of ironic when you consider how many of their own stories the St. Pete Pravda has submitted to Fark over the years simply to get the clicks.
 
2013-07-19 02:58:50 PM
When I tried to explain that Florida is no weirder than anywhere else, the host quickly moved on to a panelist more willing to stick with the narrative.

Fark has a Florida tag. Your argument is invalid.
 
2013-07-19 02:59:03 PM
thought TFA was about this show

http://www.weirdfloridatv.org/
 
2013-07-19 03:00:42 PM
Skynard
Aileen Wuornos
Palmetto bugs
 
2013-07-19 03:03:07 PM
Paying $95 to get into an amusement park.
 
2013-07-19 03:03:26 PM
Wow, author sounds super butthurt and is somehow proud of being a Floridian (is that even possible?)


/There is a reason why Fark has a tag.
 
2013-07-19 03:04:51 PM
Pill Mills
Hurricanes
Jeb Bush
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-07-19 03:06:39 PM

Deep Contact: Why is Florida weird list.

Old people
Very religious
Carpetbaggers
Nouveau Rich from the rest of the country
Rednecks
Tourists
Really Old people


Pretty much the new California.  It's not that there is more derp per capita than other states, but it's a bigger state and has some of everything in it.
 
2013-07-19 03:07:39 PM
So the author's argument is this: Hey, weird stuff happens in other states too! So, therefore, Florida isn't really that weird.

Yes, weird stuff happens in other states, however, that doesn't mean Florida isn't one of if not the weirdest.
 
2013-07-19 03:08:52 PM
National obsession with 'weird lame Florida' just plain strange

FTFY

California is weird, Florida is just farking lame.

PS Georgia and Alabama thank you for taking the spotlight off their lame asses!
 
2013-07-19 03:09:15 PM
I live here, but even still:

www.tampabay.com
 
2013-07-19 03:10:26 PM
Florida: America's Turd
 
2013-07-19 03:12:27 PM

StrikitRich: It's not weird once you realize just how much money certain news and aggragator sites have made on click thrus about Florida since 2000.  You could have weird news from New York or California, but it doesn't carry the gravitas of a weird Florida story.

Article is kind of ironic when you consider how many of their own stories the St. Pete Pravda has submitted to Fark over the years simply to get the clicks.


While I see your point, I still think Florida is just flat out strange relative to the rest of the country. The closest analog to Florida out West would probably be Arizona for most of the same reasons listed.  California has twice as many people as Florida and while there may be plenty of wierd stories coming out of the Golden State, Florida has a special kind of stupid on a per capita basis that you just don't find anywhere else.
 
2013-07-19 03:15:20 PM
Zimmerman
 
2013-07-19 03:15:47 PM
"Weird [state]" books go way back, though. The 'older' states will of course have more there.

Florida, on the other hand, is the present that just keeps giving.
 
2013-07-19 03:16:52 PM
Florida has it's own apologist? That's not weird! Nope not at all.
 
2013-07-19 03:18:58 PM

noitsnot: Florida: America's Turd


So simple, yet SO FARKING HILARIOUS
 
2013-07-19 03:20:12 PM
drivers suck too. only once that i've been there have i driven, but there were a few doosies.  i see plenty of oblivious drovers clogging up the left lane, but only in florida have i found people who seemed proud to be purposefully driving under the speed limit in the left lane on 95, and they weren't even the oldsters
 
2013-07-19 03:23:00 PM
Meh.  Two words:  Rick Sssssscott.
 
2013-07-19 03:24:02 PM
FTA:
"According to the Center for Public Integrity, 32 other states are more corrupt."

Translation:
"In Florida, we're like this for free!"
 
2013-07-19 03:26:27 PM
Florida is not part of the United States. It sticks out of the nation like a hangnail
 
2013-07-19 03:29:56 PM

RoboZombie: noitsnot: Florida: America's Turd

So simple, yet SO FARKING HILARIOUS


Wait a second, I thought Florida was America's wang? (that's why so many pricks live there)
 
2013-07-19 03:35:57 PM

dusty15893: StrikitRich: It's not weird once you realize just how much money certain news and aggragator sites have made on click thrus about Florida since 2000.  You could have weird news from New York or California, but it doesn't carry the gravitas of a weird Florida story.

Article is kind of ironic when you consider how many of their own stories the St. Pete Pravda has submitted to Fark over the years simply to get the clicks.

While I see your point, I still think Florida is just flat out strange relative to the rest of the country. The closest analog to Florida out West would probably be Arizona for most of the same reasons listed.  California has twice as many people as Florida and while there may be plenty of wierd stories coming out of the Golden State, Florida has a special kind of stupid on a per capita basis that you just don't find anywhere else.


The seniors moving down to FL & AZ bringing their Northern strangeness with them?  It's also no secret that many radio shows regularly use FARK for show prep, so you hear the same stories repeated from show to show and station to station.

Mog32Kupo: /There is a reason why Fark has a tag.


Yeah, because of the senile Yankees who couldn't figure out how to punch a hole in a punchcard ballot back in 2000.
 
2013-07-19 03:40:36 PM
People have crazy dreams?

www.lgihomes.com
 
2013-07-19 03:46:07 PM

elffster: Not strange at all, its like watching a bus crash into a stadium full of orphans, while a sharknado dive bombs the whole mess.  And then everyone Stands Their Ground.

/there was an article? meh..


You win.
 
2013-07-19 03:59:47 PM
Panama City. The carnie capital of the US.
 
2013-07-19 04:21:15 PM

Dead for Tax Reasons: drivers suck too. only once that i've been there have i driven, but there were a few doosies.  i see plenty of oblivious drovers clogging up the left lane, but only in florida have i found people who seemed proud to be purposefully driving under the speed limit in the left lane on 95, and they weren't even the oldsters


We get the same thing in WA. People are ignorant and/or asshats.
 
2013-07-19 04:26:44 PM

StrikitRich: dusty15893: StrikitRich: It's not weird once you realize just how much money certain news and aggragator sites have made on click thrus about Florida since 2000.  You could have weird news from New York or California, but it doesn't carry the gravitas of a weird Florida story.

Article is kind of ironic when you consider how many of their own stories the St. Pete Pravda has submitted to Fark over the years simply to get the clicks.

While I see your point, I still think Florida is just flat out strange relative to the rest of the country. The closest analog to Florida out West would probably be Arizona for most of the same reasons listed.  California has twice as many people as Florida and while there may be plenty of wierd stories coming out of the Golden State, Florida has a special kind of stupid on a per capita basis that you just don't find anywhere else.

The seniors moving down to FL & AZ bringing their Northern strangeness with them?  It's also no secret that many radio shows regularly use FARK for show prep, so you hear the same stories repeated from show to show and station to station.

Mog32Kupo: /There is a reason why Fark has a tag.

Yeah, because of the senile Yankees who couldn't figure out how to punch a hole in a punchcard ballot back in 2000.


In fairness, Adam Carolla started the "Florida or Germany" game back in 2003. It's been going on for a while even before Fark became so widely recognized.
 
2013-07-19 04:47:53 PM
i466.photobucket.com
 
2013-07-19 05:00:48 PM

Astorix: Panama City. The carnie capital of the US.


I lived in Panama City for a year, on Tyndall AFB. The salient features of life in PC were: roaches and the paper mill. That god-damned paper mill produced the most HORRENDOUS stench I had ever smelled up to that time, the the roaches *everywhere* flying around, running around outside, in every home and business, even on the farking beach were ridiculous. And the love bugs, holy crap was that an awful mating season. The fact that I lived a block away from the beach and had my own horse weren't enough to make up for living in Panama City, Florida. Couldn't wait until my dad's posting was over and we could leave. What a shiathole city and state.
 
2013-07-19 05:05:17 PM
New Jersey, New York, and Ohio transplants. Jesus freaks and old people.

Florida is awesome though IMHO.


/Ohio transplant
 
2013-07-19 05:10:02 PM
i.qkme.me

/Not from Florida
//helped by Farking about Florida.
 
2013-07-19 05:37:38 PM

silvervial: Astorix: Panama City. The carnie capital of the US.

I lived in Panama City for a year, on Tyndall AFB. The salient features of life in PC were: roaches and the paper mill. That god-damned paper mill produced the most HORRENDOUS stench I had ever smelled up to that time, the the roaches *everywhere* flying around, running around outside, in every home and business, even on the farking beach were ridiculous. And the love bugs, holy crap was that an awful mating season. The fact that I lived a block away from the beach and had my own horse weren't enough to make up for living in Panama City, Florida. Couldn't wait until my dad's posting was over and we could leave. What a shiathole city and state.


I spent a summer working in West Palm Beach.  I suppose there were things that were fun, but a lot of it was a nightmare (especially the company condo that was completely palmetto bug infested).  Gigantic evil bugs - hornets and wasps and fire ants.  Thundershowers every day at 130p, though, and delicious fresh fish at these outdoor joints on the ICW.

Still - Americas's Turd
 
2013-07-19 05:42:54 PM
Florida's not weird. It's just about right to keep life interesting. Granted the face eating zombies can be annoying. Which, though not often talked about, is the whole reason we have a Stand Your Ground law in the first place.

The sheer number of people who perform their normal daily activities in the nude, such as grocery shopping, wandering confusedly along a highway, attacking police officers, or burgling houses armed with a bow and arrow, all in the nude takes a little getting used to.
 
2013-07-19 05:49:07 PM

Devo: Hooters
Epcot
Publix


Leave Publix out of this.  Publix wasn't all bad as grocery stores go.  Better than plenty of the Albertson'ses, Sav-Marts, Giant Eagles, and C-Town-Town-Towns that I've been to.
 
2013-07-19 05:51:26 PM
I propose digging a moat at the GA/FL line
 
2013-07-19 05:56:53 PM

Oldiron_79: I propose digging a moat at the GA/FL line


Northerners will still be able to fly into Florida, so I don't think that will solve the problem.
 
2013-07-19 06:04:35 PM
You know what? i am not reading TFA OR the thread...

I am a third generation native Floridian - my son is the 4th -

I love and hate this state almost the same way as most of you - who still have the good fortune to live where you were born, and where your family has lived for 100 years  - do.

I have seen :
- mating alligators blocking alligator alley on a tropical night so dark and warm that the heavens begged you to get naked and lie on the hood of the car...just because
- seabirds eating fish just slightly more fresh than that on your plate
- tropical storms that make something inside you leap up as the barometer dropped and your insurance premiums rose
- endless cycles of lobster-red tourists with flabby asses and small tips who leave in time for the glory that is December-February
- snow, once, in the 70's
- my mother's orange trees that waft a blossom smell some people can only buy
- and? that blonde who wore the blue bikini in "scar face"? i sat next to her in english class
- some of the most self-inflicted irony via carl haissan and dave barry - and a multi-pulitzer paper
- riots, boatlifts, marathons for charity, cruise ships and a decade of coke-fueled madness that makes meth culture look like a dirty sock
- the quality of light - at dawn and at sunset - that still makes people save all year just to visit.

no state is perfect - and our current "red" status sucks - but? I LOVE my state - and every weird person in it - from the pols in tallahasse to the rednecks above orlando to the miccosukee who are making dollar hand over fist to the island people in miami and to the human kalaidascope of the keys

and? i love some of the other states too - been to most of them

sorry for the type-o's - i'm 26 minutes late for a boat departure
 
2013-07-19 06:17:22 PM
@paradsol: quite possibly the best writing I've read on Dark in a long time.


hat (panama, of course) tip to you sir
 
2013-07-19 06:18:46 PM
kafaxy - ty - that was kind - but I am a "mrs"

and a strange floridian
 
2013-07-19 06:24:09 PM
As a resident of the Florida of Florida, I am proud of our farkedupedness. As a newsman, I am also appreciative.
 
2013-07-19 06:52:33 PM
A couple of incidents in other states can't add up the the derpitude of your farked up state.
 
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