WTF Florida Friday: Woman Sets Man on Fire Over Argument About Spaghetti

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Illustration by Alvaro Diaz-Rubio
A lot of weird things happen in Florida. We're here every Friday morning to give you the week's weirdest.

This week: a new definition of "stubborn fat," a twisted tale about spaghetti, and a man simply too sexy for Chili's.

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American Horror Story: Freak Show's Inspiration? The History of Florida's Real Freak Towns

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We're not quite sure why Ryan Murphy set the freak-show-themed season of American Horror Story -- whose third episode aired last night -- in 1950s Jupiter, Florida, unless there's some secret planetary or zodiacal theme at work (which might also explain why the lead character's name is Elsa Mars). Because in real life, the town of Jupiter has no strong connection to freak shows or circus performers of any kind. (Though Tiger Woods does live there.)

But town choice aside, Murphy certain picked the right state for the series. If you think modern-day Florida is strange, it should come as no surprise that it's home to more than a few towns that were established or settled by freak-show performers, circus folks, and other people of curious professions.

Sure, none of these places likely saw German expats singing David Bowie songs, but otherwise, truth can be stranger than fiction.

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WTF Florida Friday: Meet the Florida Man Who Surgically Removed His Junk for Fun

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Illustration by Alvaro Diaz-Rubio
A lot of weird things happen in Florida. We're here every Friday morning to give you the week's weirdest.

This week: the biggest First-World problem ever, Walmart toy humping, a buttload of missing Crisco, and an important reminder that many of Florida's craziest residents are not actually products of Florida.

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WTF Florida Friday: How a Butt Dial Busted a Meth Ring

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Illustration by Alvaro Diaz-Rubio
A lot of weird things happen in Florida. We're here every Friday morning to give you the week's weirdest. This morning, that includes a meth-busting butt dial, bathroom beer chugging, and the worst reason to call the cops.

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Cape Romano's Abandoned Dome Homes Are a Snapshot of Florida's Possible Future

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Photo: Marco Island Rentals Instagram
Just beyond Florida's Ten Thousand Islands in Cape Romano sits a collection of odd white-domed structures in the middle of the water. They look like Miami's Stiltsville meets some postapocalyptic sci-fi movie. The uninformed have spread a lot of rumors about what the domes could possibly have been: abandoned cult headquarters, evidence of ancient aliens, the scene of some ghastly crime, or a failed eco-experiment in living at sea.

The truth is much more mundane, abeit still scary. The domes once sat on land and were the vacation home of an oil magnate, but they were abandoned in the '90s and have since been claimed by the sea. They paint a picture of what might eventually happen to much of Florida if nothing is done about rising sea levels and the attendant threat that hurricanes and beach erosion pose to the state's coastline.

See also: Study: Miami Beach Will Experience 45 Floods a Year by 2030, 260 by 2045

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WTF Florida: Man Charged With Murder Because Police Accidentally Killed Someone Else

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Illustration by Alvaro Diaz-Rubio
A lot of weird things happen in Florida. We're here every Friday morning to give you the week's weirdest. This week, that includes police pinning their shooting on someone else, a misguided grandma and the worst television commercial ever.

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WTF Florida Friday: Barbershop Raids, LOLRobbers, and the Worst Dad in Town

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A lot of weird things happen in Florida. We're here every Friday morning to give you the week's weirdest. This week, that includes a dad who handed his suicidal son a gun, a robber who was "just kidding" and barbershop SWAT raids.

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Three-Breasted Woman Jasmine Tridevil Is This Generation's Greatest Feminist Performance Artist

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Is "three-breasted" woman Jasmine Tridevil a troubled soul? A fame-hungry schemer? The most brilliant American performance artist in years? Sometimes it's best not to search too hard for a label and simply appreciate something for all of its possibilities.

Whatever the case, the internet has largely reversed course since yesterday and decided that Tridevil's alleged surgically attached third breast is probably fake, but our fascination with it certainly isn't.

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WTF Florida Friday: Refrigerator Emergencies, Shoplifting Toddlers and Yoga Crimes

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A lot of weird things happen in Florida. We're here every Friday morning to give you the week's weirdest. This week: Refrigerator emergencies, shoplifting toddlers, and sex crimes at a yoga class.

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WTF Florida Friday: What Is Your "WTF Florida" Name?

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A lot of weird things happen in Florida. We're here every Friday morning to give you the week's weirdest.

This week: a special guide to find your "WTF Florida name" in honor of Ms. Cherries Waffles Tennis, a missing corpse, and Seinfeld phobia.

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