Remember butterfly ballots and hanging chads? Not to mention a killer whale attack at SeaWorld.
Florida, says a column in Slate, is home to the weird.
Not that weird news doesn’t happen elsewhere. It certainly does. But, author Craig Pittman argues, it’s come to be expected in Florida:
“When big news happens somewhere in the country, people in other states say, ‘Oh my goodness!’ or ‘What the —?’ But we Floridians will scan a story like that muttering, ‘OK, where's the Florida connection?’”
Population is one explanation, Pittman writes. There are now 20 million people in the state. On top of that, 80 million tourists descend on the place each year, “from every group imaginable, crowded into that same narrow space, usually without a clue about how to act here.” (Spring break, anyone?) The author contends it’s a recipe for disaster. But population isn't the only ingredient.
The history of the Sunshine State is shady — Slate points out that back when it was trying to bring in settlers, theRead More »from Why does so much weird news come from Florida