Strange stories make headlines every day. But it seems as though one state is over represented in the bizarre news category: Florida.
Think about just a few of recent stories... the Miami Cannibal, the wife who was arrested for running a brothel out of her home - along with her deputy sheriff husband, and the mother who tried to smuggle clothing from a Dillard's dressing room then threw her baby at officers who tried to arrest her.
Florida is a melting pot of immigrants, millions of perma-tanned retirees, northerners arriving in search for a new life in the tropics, generations of southerners, native Americans and 80 million tourists every year. So what could possibly go wrong with this combination?
Well, journalist Craig Pittman was assigned to find out just why Florida is both the 'Land of Flowers and the Land of Face-Eating Zombies.'
One reason he found was the state's subtropical climate attracts everyone from 'circus freaks to avid nudists to retired CIA agents' who can get up to mischief all year long without having to deal with winter snows keeping them indoors.
The geography attracts those on the run and those who want to blend in. Pittman says, it's a sunny place for shady people.
The population is now at 20 million, with just about every race represented. That is 20 million people crammed into a narrow space. Then you have to add 80 million tourists every year. Trouble is bound to happen.
According to census data, only about one-third of Florida's population were born there.
Florida started as a wild frontier where you had to be brave enough to deal with a swamp threatening to swallow them up. There were all kinds of wild animals too.
But known as the sunshine state... some of those who live in Florida say they will take the crazy and they wouldn't take it any other way.
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