The New Symbols of the Hypothetical State of South Florida: As Chosen by Our Readers

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Illustration by Mark Poutenis
The flag for the new state of South Florida.
Will South Florida secede to form its own state? Probably not, but it's fun to think about.

Last week we asked you to help choose the symbols and emblems for the new state of South Florida. Most of them were pretty good, except for the state song. We apologize for even suggesting it in the first place.

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Miami Ranked One of the Worst Cities to Survive a Zombie Attack

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The Walking Dead or South Beach at 6 a.m.?
Zombies don't exist. The closest thing we've seen in real life is that guy on bath salts who ate a guy's face. Which, of course, happened here in Miami. Yet, that man survived.

Somehow, though, Miami has ranked in the bottom ten cities in which it would be best to survive a zombie attack.

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The Cities of Florida, Ranked

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After ranking all 34 cities within Miami-Dade County, we couldn't help but wonder where the major cities of Florida would stack up. So we decided to answer that question ourselves, naturally. Because what fun is the internet without arbitrary rankings?

So we assembled a list of Florida's most notable cities, choosing one per county based on population, but somehow that seemed a little lacking. So we invoked the Key West Rule to include a few cities that are technically small but still loom large in the state's identity.

Then we had to figure out how to rank them. First, we decided this list would not necessarily be based on the best places to live (so please know we are not attacking your choice of living arrangement). We instead decided to think of a few questions: Which cities are most important to Florida's identity? Which ones drag us down and contribute to our reputation as the craziest state in America? Which have their own notable identities, and which are basically interchangeable?

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Every ZIP Code in Miami Ranked From Best to Worst by a Real Estate Blog

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Rankings-happy real estate site Movoto pulled out all the stops this week. It ranked nearly every ZIP code in the nation from best to worst. Of course, it's a real estate site, so the criteria for "best" really means something more like "nicest to live in." It also means the rankings tend to favor richer areas.

What's interesting, though, are the wild fluctuations in the rankings of Miami ZIP codes, reminding us once again of the inequalities that plague Miami-Dade. While one Miami ZIP made the top 50 (out of 28,061), several others landed near the bottom. In fact, ZIPs in Miami's top ten border ZIPs that landed in the bottom ten.

See also: All 34 Cities in Miami-Dade County, Ranked From Worst to Best

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Medical Marijuana Amendment May Be in Danger of Failing, According to Recent Polls

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Photo by Laurie Avacado via Wikimedia Commons | CC 2.0
Support for Florida's medical marijuana amendment has been riding high in polls for so long that it almost seemed like its passage would be a foregone conclusion. But a funny thing seems to have happened on the way to the ballot box.

Two new polls show that the amendment is now well below the 60 percent approval it needs to meet in order to be adopted into the state constitution.

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Miami Ranked as Having Most Attractive, Second Snobbiest Residents in America

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Apparently to outsiders, Miamians are intimidating. We're those hotties you see at the bar and work up your confidence all night to go talk to, only to be instantly shut down. At least that's the impression we get from Travel + Leisure's 2014 version of America's Favorite Cities survey.

The magazine's globetrotting readers ranked Miami as having America's most attractive residents, but also its second snobbiest. We also took first place for having the best nightclubs and singles scene in America, but were also ranked the third most rude.

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Only 3 Percent of Floridians Think Global Warming Is the Biggest Environmental Threat to Florida

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Illustration by Nikolay Lamm
Despite scientists predicting that large swathes of coastal and southern Florida could be underwater one day thanks to global warming, Floridians aren't particularly concerned. Just 3 percent think it's the biggest environmental problem facing the state according to a new Sunshine State Survey released by the University of South Florida.

The poll also asked Floridians about their views on gun laws, with Floridians being about equally split on whether the state needs tougher gun laws or the current laws are just about right.

See also: Rolling Stone Predicts Miami Will Be Underwater by 2030

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Miami Beach Named Most Livable and Most Dangerous City in Florida

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City ranking are fun (*cough* *cough*), but depending on the data used (if any) you can get some very different results. In fact, this week Miami Beach was named both Florida's most livable city and its most dangerous city by different websites.

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Miami Has Lowest Quality of Life in America, According to Analysis

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Oh sure, the weather is fine, the people look sexy, and the beaches stretch for miles, but that doesn't mean life is all good in the 305.

According to a new analysis by Nerd Wallet, Miami has the lowest quality of life of any big city in the entire United States. To make matters worse, Hialeah actually has a better quality of life than Miami, though it's still ranked third-to-last.

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Miamians Get Less Than 7 Hours of Sleep; Don't Go to Bed Til Around Midnight

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Ever wonder what time the average Miamian turns in for the night? Apparently, after midnight. And once in bed they get 6 hours and 43 minutes of sleep.

The data comes from the makers of UP by Jawbone, a smartphone app that tracks the users' food intake, amount of steps taken each day, and sleep schedule. Granted, users of such an app might be naturally healthier than people who wouldn't bother to download it, so maybe we're looking at a better approximation of your average health-conscious Miamians rather than all Miamians, but it's interesting data nonetheless.

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