4KXLF.com by CNN News
March 22, 2019
Florida has earned a reputation for being home to some colorful characters — most notably the “Florida man.”
He isn’t actually a single person but rather a trope of all the Florida men who’ve made headlines for doing something … unusual.
And he’s now starring in the latest internet fad: the “Florida man” challenge, in which you Google “Florida man” and your birthday to see what crazy news story from the state pops up.
But what is it about the Sunshine State that generates so many nutty stories?
There are several theories:
- Florida’s strong public records laws, which let journalists easily report on wild crime stories
- The state’s large and varied demographic. which is conducive to some strange occurrences
- The weather, which some say could play a part
But beneath it all, there’s sometimes a deeper element at play in many of these “Florida man” stories — one, that’s no laughing matter.