A lot of weird things happen in Florida. We're here every Friday morning to give you the week's weirdest.
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Bullet is an urban explorer: a twenty-something Miamian who sneaks into abandoned buildings and photographs their bones. This time around, however, he came a little too close to the real thing. He's talking about the Arthur G. Dozier School: officially known as the Florida School for Boys. Unofficially known as Florida's most haunted place, thanks to scores of recently disinterred kids' graves. But Bullet didn't know any of that when he and a buddy crept into the school three years ago.
"When we went, all we knew is that it was an old school," he says. "At the time I didn't think much of it. Then a year later it was in the news. All these accusations come up and I was like: Wow, I know that place."More »
Seasalt and Co. is a Florida-based company that creates custom Photoshop tool packages for graphic designers. That should be a relatively controversy-free business, but yesterday the company took to Facebook to announce an upcoming package of tools. It's called "The Hanging Tree" and was advertised with a chilling image of a noose dangling from a tree.
via Seasalt and Co. News: Troubling image creates trouble.
Twitter outrage followed swiftly, but the company is not apologizing for offending anyone. Not even close.More »
In one of 2014's most chilling local stories, a homeless man scavenging for food in the dumpster outside of a U-Gas station in North Miami found a box with the remains of a deceased newborn inside a dumpster.
Screencap via WTVJ The discovery was made on September 5, 2014.
Now the child's family has filed a lawsuit against a mortuary that may explain how the incident happened.More »
Once again, Florida has lead the nation in shark attacks. What? Did you think Utah or Nevada were going to pull out a surprise victory?
Photo by Patrick Quinn-Graham | CC3.0
The Sunshine State saw 28 shark attacks in 2014, which made up more than half of the nation's total 54 shark attacks, according to the University of Florida International Shark Attack File. Luckily, none of them were fatal, and indeed only three people died from shark attacks anywhere in the world last year.More »
"I do want I want, when I want. Take two naps, three naps a day if I want. Early morning nap. Late-morning lap. Early-evening nap. That's basically what we do." -- an interview subject in Florida Man.
Florida Man the movie isn't about the internet's obsession with weird things happening in our state. Nor is it about what happened to the lives of men behind some of those viral headlines. In fact, it's not necessarily illuminating about anything unique about Florida at all.
You know those guys who hang around outside gas stations and sandy exurban dive bars at night, whom you never talk to? Turns out they have a lot to say. That's what the film is about, even if it doesn't have anything to say itself.More »