Cybernetic: Hey, I moved to Florida, and I'm normal./Well, normal-ish.
russsssman: I've got an actual real theory. My mother is a drug and abuse therapist. The sheer amount of drug addicts and mentally/physically abused people that come to Boca Raton (Rehab capital of the world) is enormous. She says only half make it through the programs there before bailing back to the streets. The local streets... Just sayin.
Rapmaster2000: My parents retired in Florida to The Villages. It's the goddamn weirdest place I've ever seen. I feel like I'm on the set of Edward Scissorhands.
RoboZombie: Yeah, it's the people who MOVE there that cause the problems. Really? There are no native Floridians??
Keys dude: Isn't the average age in The Villages about 80? Sheesh. Then again, we in the Keys are no kids ourselves. But I love this place -- Atlantic on the one side of U.S. 1 and Gulf of Mexico on the other, great weather and all that. And I would put out there that per capita, the Keys provide perhaps the best source for weird Florida news.
Queensowntalia: I moved to Florida too, but fled back to CT after a year./never recovered
for good or for awesome: That's why I left and moved to Austin.
Nemo's Brother: Florida is a mix of illegal crooks and thugs from Central America and the rejects and old from New York and New Jersey. Of course they are farked up.
SoupJohnB: "Florida Man?" In the Economist? Pssh. Somebody was inspired to write a "Trick or Treat" spoof. Cool zombie gator look, though."Florida Man, better - keep your head..."/go Noles
StrikitRich: As I've said in every thread like this before (yes, this is a repeat of a repeat of a repeat and so on), Florida isn't any worse than other states, it's just that weird stories have become a cottage industry for our lazy journalists who are then encouraged to do more by sites like Fark. These stories are simply click bait and bring in traffic from all over. If some news site in Kentucky decided to specialize in weird Kentucky stories you'd wonder what was wrong with Kentucky after 10 years, too.
Rik01: We have a lot of stupid people here. There seems to be some kind of rule that you can't come to our state if you're normal.That pretty well sums it up.I've lived in Florida most of my life and when the population boom hit -- back when a governor decided to start the 'Be a Friendly Floridian' campaign to draw in tourists and business -- it was kind of like opening the gates to the loony bin.Folks used to actually have common sense down here. Like, they knew not to go surfing the big waves in the middle of a major hurricane. They also realized that if you built your home right on the waters edge in storm prone Florida, it just might wash into the sea -- unlike today where they build just above the high tide line.And seem surprised when a hurricane washes their over priced homes into the sea.Back then, we had gator hunters who almost wiped out the nasty beasts. Now, not only are they protected, but we have gator farms, raising the mobile appetites for meat and hides and releasing a percentage into the swamps. So, now we have the toothy critters taking up habitation in every mud puddle and lake around, often showing up at people's doorsteps, swimming in their pools and lurking in nearly every water trap on golf courses.Transplants from up north are the ones who seem to insist on buying those Boa Constrictors and then releasing them into the wilds when they get big enough to eat a horse. They also bought the Iguana and Monitor lizards they saw on TV shows and in cartoon strips -- many of which naturally escaped when they were small and now we have an increasing population of the buggers spreading across the state.Monitor Lizards are worse than Iguanas. They get big, mean and will attack. Both species are happily wiping out the various species of ground nesting birds we have.Crime jumped, but then, they made it so easy. A large, very exclusive community was built on the barrier island, backed up against the Indian River Lagoon. Security was mainly at the f ...
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