25 of the Most Ridiculous “Florida Man” Headlines

Dare we present our list: 25 of the Most Ridiculous “Florida Man” Headlines. Florida Man is a meme based on news stories of bizarre and outlandish crimes perpetrated in the state of Florida.

The stories are often strange and unusual and refer to named or unnamed suspects as “Florida Man”, such as “Florida Man sets apartment complex on fire after a manager told him to stop masturbating in front of windows”.

Though similar characterizations exist in other countries – such as Essex girl in the United Kingdom – Florida Man is the most popular to date and we’ve gathered some of his best headlines and stories.

One reason why so many stories involve “Florida Man” is the state’s freedom of information laws. The lax laws mean journalists can access photos, videos, and other information about arrests easier than in other states, so it’s likely plenty of equivalents exist throughout the country and around the world.

For the record (and to save some of the state’s dignity), Florida has such a high amount of people moving in from across the country that most of these people should be known as Now-Lives-in-Florida-Man. While not all people in Florida are bonkers, the ones on this list are.

From a pirate shooting at passing cars to a man trying to exchange a freshly-caught alligator for a 12-pack of beer to a man who was denied entrance to a strip club for bringing his kitten, laugh at the ludicrousness in this list of 25 of the Most Ridiculous “Florida Man” Headlines.

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Our first Florida Man was seen running around a residential neighborhood in Naples, yelling out that he was a 400-year-old Native American. He went swimming in a local's pool before sitting in the fire pit and rubbing ash on his face. When the owner confronted him, he jumped the fence and stole a car before wishing a passer-by a Happy New Year. He soon crashed the car and was found swimming in a lake.

Native_American_Chiefs_1865Source: Naples News, Image: Wikimedia

A senior citizen in Florida was charged with slashing an 88-year-old woman's tires with an ice pick. The reason? She had taken his favorite seat at the retirement community's bingo hall.

Bingo_GameSource: Associated Press, Image: Wikipedia

A line cook in Key West was arrested for tying three iguanas to his bicycle and trying to sell them to locals, advertising that they would be delicious for dinner. (Since iguanas are an invasive species in Florida, it is legal and encouraged to catch and eat them.)

iguanas on treeSource: NY Daily News, Image: Pixabay

A famous Florida Man was due in court but didn't want to be tied down by traditional court attire. After a kind judge's concession, he was allowed to wear his trademark bandana, albeit only a plain one. The man? Hulk Hogan. It's unknown whether he legdropped any of the jurists.

hulk hoganSource: Tampa Bay Times, Image: MikeKalasnik via Flickr

Most Floridians love their pets. One man in Murdock loved his cat so much that he tried to take her to the Emerald City Gentleman's Club. When the strip club denied him and his feline entry, the ridiculous Florida Man called the police to report the owner. Maybe he should have tried the Pussycat Paradise?

man with shoulder catSource: CBS News, Image: timothykrause via Flickr

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