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Florida Man is a Twitter feed that curates news headline descriptions of bizarre domestic incidents involving a male subject residing in the state of Florida. The tweets are meant to be humorously read as if they were perpetrated by a single individual dubbed “the world’s worst superhero.”
The @_FloridaMan Twitter feed was launched on January 26th, 2013, which featured news headlines containing the keywords “Florida man.” Within one month, the account received over 64,000 followers.
Florida Man Arrested After Pocket-Dialing 911 | foxnews.com/us/2013/01/31/…
— Florida Man (@_FloridaMan) February 2, 2013
On January 30th, 2013, Redditor Deus_Ex_Corde submitted a post titled “Florida Man is a terrible superhero” featuring a screenshot of Google News search results for news stories containing the keywords “Florida Man.” (shown below). Within one month, the post received over 22,700 up votes and 360 comments.
On January 31st, the /r/FloridaMan subreddit was created with links to news articles containing the words “Florida Man” in the title. The same day, the Tumblr blog StuckInABucket published a list of notable “Florida Man” news headlines, which accumulated more than 200 notes in the next month. On February 8th, Slate published an article noting that the @_FloridaMan profile avatar was a mug shot of Indiana resident Ricky Lee Kalichun, who was arrested in January of 2011 after covering his face in black marker and attacking his neighbor with a sword. In the next several days, compilations of notable tweets from the Twitter account were featured on several Internet news and tech blogs, including The Daily Dot, Laughing Squid,Gawker, Mashable and BuzzFeed. On February 14th, NPR broadcast a news segment on “All Things Considered,” featuring audio clips of reporters reading headlines containing “Florida man.”
Several fan art illustrations dedicated to the fictitious superhero have surfaced on the microblogging site Tumblr under the tag “#florida man.”
Shortly after the viral takeoff of @_FloridaMan in late February, screenshots and tweets of headlines describing bizzarre news stories about a Colombian man began emerging on Twitter and Tumblr. On February 28th, 2013, Tumblr blogger RedSuspenders posted an image compilation of “Colombian Man” headlines (shown below), which went onto receive more than 36,600 notes within less than a week. Throughout the first week of March, the image was reposted on Reddit and WeKnowMemes.
On February 20th, Twitter account @Drunk_Humans was created to provide the latest updates on police news reports and offbeat stories involving individuals described as “drunk man” or “drunk woman.”
On March 16th, Twitter accout @Shirtless_Man was launched in similar vein of the previous accounts, which gained more than 6,100 followers in less than two weeks. On March 28th, The Daily Dot published an article about the spin-off account.