The Sunshine State often finds itself as the butt of the joke. But year after year, Florida never fails to outdo itself.
There tends to be some sort of wildlife encounter, or maybe a lack of clothing, or sometimes a machete.
The Florida story jackpot? Probably hitting all three.
Here are our picks for some of this year’s top only-in-Florida happenings, many of which happened in our backyard.
Florida celebrated the first day of autumn with traffic-halting crash involving a tractor-trailer, which was carrying a load of pumpkins. Luckily no one was seriously injured.
Man meets wildlife
The typical tropes of animal interactions can include alligator bites man, or man bites dog. But in this case, a horse stomped on an unassuming alligator.
Iguanas found in toilets happened so much around Florida, it probably should be expected.
The Florida version of the classic joke played out in real life, as police stopped traffic to help a disoriented sea turtle get safely back to the beach.
Yes, that’s illegal
After months of investigation, the shark abuse video seen ’round the world was formally tied to three local men, two of whom are sons of Manatee County government officials.
Florida crime stories more often than not involve machetes. In the case of shotgun-machete-crowbar vs. machete, the latter apparently wins in Sarasota.
Maybe it’s time to unfriend.
Yes, Disney is a magical place. But there are limits.
A lot of us use Google to learn how to do something, including this guy.
“ART — Sea turtle collection: 3,500$,” the handwritten sign read.
Crapperman was on the loose, but police were able to identify him.
Naked is as naked does
A 63-year-old woman was arrested after police say she broke into someone’s home, ate canned pineapple and was naked.
He did an estimated $1,700 worth of damage to two deputies’ cars.
The shark appeared to be harassed by the lifeguard, a shark expert said.
Closer to home
Bingo night at a Bradenton hangout, which falls on a Tuesday, almost forced 4,000 residents to find a new place to vote.
A well-known deaf interpreter said he was embarrassed to learn that days before Hurricane Irma hit the West Coast of Florida, the sign language interpreter used by Manatee County was incoherent.
“It can’t be that good!” Frances Tiafoe shouted, hoping to reach the couple who had filled the normally serious and silent crowd with a fit of giggles.
No matter what anyone else says, we still love you, Florida.