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Weirdo Wednesday – April 27, 2011

This headline got my attention:

“Florida: America’s Weirdest State”

AOL always has the best weirdo stuff and having spent a lot of time in the Sunshine State, I had no choice but to dig deeper.

According to Fark admin and AOL Weird News contributor, Tony Deconinck,  “Other states have odd stories come out of them, but no state can challenge Florida. It’s the heavyweight champion of weirdness.”

That last line convinced me to include God’s waiting room in the archives of Weirdo Wednesday.

Once upon a time, while out serving my country, I was stationed at MacDill AFB in Tampa. I should of known when I got my first look at Jai-Alai I was dealing with a population existing in another dimension of weirdness. Between the odd sport and the seedy side of town where I found myself on occasion, the weirdness of Florida totaly escaped me. (More than likely that’s because in the early 70’s I was somewhat weird myself, but let’s not pursue that.)

Florida resident and weird news legend Chuck Shepherd claims that Florida became capital of America’s weird news a little more than a decade ago. I’ll see your hanging chad and raise you one Presidential Election.

AOL Weird News claims their journalists have written more weird news stories about Florida than any other state — and with pieces about a mom accused of driving her son’s getaway car, an orthodontist who repairs turtle shellsbags of stolen dildos, and a bikini brawl at a Burger King — I think it’s safe to say they have plenty of weirdness to deal with.

They are so weird they even have their own book about it. (Amazon: Weird Florida)

So I am verrrrrrry comfortable presenting you this week’s weirdo: The State of Florida.

If you’d like to read more about Florida’s weirdness check out the AOL Weird News story HERE.

And the weirdest house in America is where?


Weirdo Wednesday – Jan 5, 2011

I didn’t have to look much past Spring Hill, Florida, to find my Wednesday Weirdo. James Jablon of Spring Hill moved into a lion’s den this past Saturday. This weirdo moved in with two African lions housed at his wildlife center, the Wildlife Rehabilitation of Hernando.

For the complete month of January, Jablon’s den-mates will be Lea and Ed, two mature African Lions.  Well isn’t that just hakuna matata! Apparently he is hoping this dangerous stunt will raise money for the center. It sounds like James’ heart is in the right place, let’s just hope it stays there. Now I ask you – wouldn’t a bell-ringing game warden standing beside a donation bucket out by the main gate be a lot safer than offering yourself up as a dietary supplement?  I ask you Mr. Jablon, have you considered that once the thirty days is over, Lea and Ed are not going to let you leave the pride.  There is just way too many things to go wrong here. I mean after all – lions are carnivores.

I thought briefly about doing a top-ten list of reasons not to spend thirty days with lions, but ten seconds later got an email from Letterman’s lawyers demanding I cease and desist.

According to Jablon, he will be sleeping on hay near the lions. He intends to eat when they eat. Perhaps he can survive long enough to stay off the lion buffett.

Feel free to view the streaming webcam of Mr. Jablon’s adventure in the Lion’s Den. The cam will be active until he leaves the lion’s den on January 31, or until he becomes lion food, whichever comes first. Guilty by association, I proclaim the over 250 viewers of being weirdos-by-proxy.


All kidding aside, I have to salute the weird way to raise money.  If you have a few dollars you can throw in the lion’s den, feel free to do so HERE.



“I’m one of those regular weird people.” ~Janis Joplin