SEBRING - "WTFlorida? Four Theories on Why Florida Is the Weirdest State," screams a headline from divine.caroline.com.
What follows is a light-hearted dissection of the Sunshine State's apparently undisputed talent for attracting odd goings-on and why it seems to do so with no effort year after year.
Even Huffington Post and Slate magazine have spent time examining Florida's weird wonderland reputation that has fed many news headlines and viral videos.
Theories on why the state is such a magnate for the kooky run the gamut - from its critter-happy, hot weather to its loose-lipped cops to its very friendly open records laws that make hiding lurid details kind of hard to its general propensity for attracting all kinds of people from all over, weirdos and all, including those who like to operate under the radar.
Tableseed.com analyzed nearly 2,000 Associated Press "strange news" stories that were released a few years ago.
"After segmenting all of the news stories by location, the state of Florida was the runaway winner of Tableseed.com's strangest state award," their website declares.
It's hard not to understand why when you see a sampling of the 169 strange stories that Florida contributed to the list that year.
"Man calls 911 after eatery runs out of lemonade" - Boyton Beach
"Florida lotto winner seeks to open a nude dude ranch" - Brooksville
"Dead shark left in Miami street after failed sale" - Miami
"Man wearing sleeping bag as cape attempts robbery" - Gainesville
"Man allegedly flings jellyfish at teens at beach" - Madeira Beach
That was in 2008 and 2009.
Circa 2013, the year a sinkhole swallowed a man sleeping in his bed and killer amoebas were found in lakes.
Not too long ago, a Miami heiress left $3 million to her chihuahua, a life guard got fired for saving someone's life, and let's not forget our legion of Election Day head-shaking debacles.
Barely had Florida recovered from its hanging-chad and butterly ballot embarrassments that it did it again.
While the rest of the country had pretty much accepted Barack Obama as the winner of the 2012 presidential election, Florida was still counting votes.
Even Highlands County, a peaceful retirement and agricultural community of 100,000, has had its share of the bizarre.
Here are a few headlines that put us on the national map:
Dog shoots man, accidentally, of course.
A Frostproof man perhaps got more attention then he wanted when he reported to Sebring police earlier this year that his dog accidentally kicked a loaded gun on the truck's floor, shooting him in the leg.
"Bad, Fido!," one headline said. The David Letterman Show and the Colbert Report chuckled about it, and it turns out that Fido was not the first Florida dog to take aim at its owner - accidentally, of course.
Bizarre April Fool's joke rattles hospital, community, but nobody is amused
Remember how Florida Hospital Heartland was under lockdown for 16 hours in 2009 when an envelope containing white powder was found on the windshield of a car in the hospital parking lot at 4 a.m. and then more turned up?
Those were the days of the anthrax scare and any unexplained white power sent shivers down people's spines.
The hospital's director of marketing Cathy Albritton said Tuesday the Sebring hospital became the first hospital in the country to be under lockdown for so long and congratulates the staff and patients who were holed up inside for managing well.
That meant the cafetaria staff of three who had been doing the night shift had to whip up 540 meals. A physician had to go inside in a HAZMAT suit and ambulance drivers who had dropped off patients were answering phones because they couldn't leave.
Then the envelopes started popping up in mailboxes in the Sun 'n Lake community.
TV crews camped outside the hospital until the following morning, Albritton remembered. "There was so much drama," she said.
Turns out, the whole exercise was an April Fool's Joke, investigators said, but nobody else found it funny, and Cele Pete Carmona and Jerron Mario Moffitt had to face the music of a bad joke gone really bad, authorities said.
Even the cows gaped at this plane
A pilot who had to make an emergency landing of an aircraft labeled Iraqi Air Force got news crews scurrying all the way to our very own Venus.
The plane was a common Cessna 172 Skyhawk, bound for Iraq to be used as a trainer through the Defense Department's Foreign Military Sales program.
It was on its way somewhere when its engine cut over Highlands County.
Highlands Sheriff Susan Benton and her deputies had to contend with a few onlookers and a lot of news crews.
"We've worked plane crashes before," Benton said, "but nothing that has started out as a military secret event, then turned into a military contractor testing out a plane.
Here are some other contenders: A local woman who was charged with torching a luxury car for insurance money and a mysterious blimp that raised eyebrows.
These are some headlines from recent memory.
Sebring Historical Society's archivist Carole Goad shared some offbeat stories from years past.
In the 1960s, a very enthusiastic fifth-grader in Woodlawn Elementary School's safety patrol started directing traffic to go the opposite way and people actually obeyed, Goad said, until some people noticed the chaos and put an end to it.
In the 1920s, Swain Bowers, a garage mechanic from Lake Placid, was asked to go pull out a Model T that was stuck in the mud on a bad road between Arcadia and Lake Annie, she said.
When he got there, he saw "three hot and tired men and a Model T jacked up," Goad remembered with a chuckle.
He got the three men out.
Turns out they were Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Harvey Firestone, who all had winter homes in Fort Myers.