USA Today by Joel Shannon
March 22, 2019
Americans are searching the internet to see what wild crime story from Florida is associated with their birthday. And there are reasons why Florida has become the butt of this viral joke.
There’s no simple explanation for the phenomenon, according to accounts from local journalists, a prosecutor and a First Amendment advocate.
Crime stories are relatively easy to report in the state. That means when a Florida man does (allegedly) commit a crime with salacious details, it’s not difficult for reporters to find out.
But the culture of the state can’t be discounted, other experts will say. You’ll hear descriptions of Florida ranging from “diverse” to “crazy” — few would describe it as a boring place.
Here’s are three major reasons why Florida has become the home of the “Florida man” meme.