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Florida Man

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Updated Sep 28, 2022 at 10:33AM EDT by Zach.

Added Feb 25, 2013 at 11:01PM EST by Surprise Bit.

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About

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.[6][7] The tweets are meant to be humorously read as if they were perpetrated by a single individual dubbed “the world’s worst superhero.” In March 2019, a "Florida Man Challenge" game began trending across various social media platforms, in which participants shared news headlines taken from search queries for "Florida Man" followed by their birthday.

Origin

The @_FloridaMan Twitter feed[1] 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.


Precursor

Fark gave Florida its own tag in 2005 due to a high volume of news items submitted to the site from Florida.[31]

Spread

On January 30th, 2013, Redditor Deus_Ex_Corde submitted a post titled “Florida Man is a terrible superhero”[4] 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.


results of google search for headlines about florida man

On January 31st, the /r/FloridaMan[3] subreddit was created with links to news articles containing the words “Florida Man” in the title. The same day, the Tumblr blog StuckInABucket[5] published a list of notable “Florida Man” news headlines, which accumulated more than 200 notes in the next month. On February 8th, Slate[9] 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.[10] 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,[8] Laughing Squid,[11] Gawker,[12] Mashable[13] and BuzzFeed.[14] On February 14th, NPR[15] broadcast a news segment on “All Things Considered,” featuring audio clips of reporters reading headlines containing “Florida man.”



On May 12th, 2015, the Miami New Times[37] published an article titled "How Florida's Proud Open Government Laws Lead to the Shame of 'Florida Man' News Stories," which cited the state's Sunshine Act as a possible cause for the bevy of "Florida Man" news stories:

"As journalists, all we have to do in most cases is call the police department and ask for an arrest report, and the cops are required to give it to us. Nowadays a lot of cops simply email the reports, and some departments even post arrest records online. Some of the more dedicated weird-Florida-news reporters go through batches of arrest reports at a time."

Documentary

On February 2nd, 2015, filmmaker Sean Dunne released a documentary titled "Florida Man," which features interviews with eccentric Florida residents (shown below).



In an interview with indie film blog Directors Notes,[30] Dunne revealed that the documentary was inspired by a mushroom trip with the film's producer and cinematographer, as well as the Surveillance Camera Man video series.

Beer

On March 10th, 2015, the Orlando Sentinel[23] reported that the Tampa-based craft brewery company Cigar City Brewing[25] has launched a beer brand named “Florida Man Double IPA" in tribute to the meme, with the bottle packaging featuring a photoshopped image of Ricky Lee Kalichun’s[24] mugshot from @_FloridaMan's Twitter profile picture (shown below). According to the brewery's spokesperson, the microbrew has "a bright citrusy hop character" with hints of piney resin, apricot, peach, orange and lemon on a solid malt background. In the coming days, several other news sites reported on the release of the new beer, including NY Daily News,[26]CNNMoney,[27] Tech Times[28] and Mashable.[29]


bottle of Florida Man Double IPA beer

Florida Man Challenge / Florida Man Zodiac

On March 12th, 2019, Tumblr user gandalfsoda[33] published a post describing a "new fun personality game" in which participants submit search queries with "Florida Man" followed by their birthday and "see what headline you get" (shown below). Within 10 days, the post accumulated upwards of 44,000 notes.


tumblr post that started the florida man challenge

On March 19th, 2019, Twitter user @g_pratimaaa[32] posted a tweet calling for viewers to search Google for the query "Florida man" followed by their birthday and post the news stories that appear as search results (shown below). Within 48 hours, the tweet gained over 101,000 likes and 23,800 retweets.


swervin merv @g pratimaaa EVERYBODY google "florida man" followed by your birthday (florida man august 22) and tell me what you get. mine is Florida Man tries to attack neighbor with tractor 12:03 PM 19 Mar 2019

On March 20th, a Twitter Moments[34] page titled "Which 'Florida man' story are you?" was created, highlighting various examples of the trend. In the coming days, several local news sites published articles about the Florida Man Challenge trend, including News 5 Cleveland[35] and CBS Miami.[36]

Fan Art

Several fan art illustrations dedicated to the fictitious superhero have surfaced on the microblogging site Tumblr[2] under the tag "#florida man."[16]


WOW shutter wat a maen florida the hreo the intrnet deserve FM CUTMAN GUTSMAN SELECT STAGE PRESS START ELECMAN I CEMAN FLORIDA BOMBMAN MAN
THE (EADVENTURE MIS THE SUPERHERO YOU NEITHER WANTED NOR NEEDED

Derivatives

Colombian Man

Shortly after the viral takeoff of @_FloridaMan in late February, screenshots and tweets of headlines describing bizarre news stories about a Colombian man began emerging on Twitter and Tumblr. On February 28th, 2013, Tumblr blogger RedSuspenders[20] 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[17][19] and WeKnowMemes.[18]


Colombian man describes his 20 years living in a sewer Colombian man gets driver's licence suspended for 900 years! Colombian man tries to sell baby for $110 Colombian man is holding a census for ghosts Colombian man gets house arrest for ride-by spanking Colomblan Man Killed by Falling Goconut Colombian man tries convincing authorities he's not dead Colombian man killed by flying toilet

Drunk Humans

On February 20th, Twitter account @Drunk_Humans[21] was created to provide the latest updates on police news reports and offbeat stories involving individuals described as "drunk man" or "drunk woman."



Shirtless Man

On March 16th, Twitter account @Shirtless_Man[22] 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[23] published an article about the spin-off account.



Search Interest

External References

[1] Twitter – Florida Man

[2] Tumblr – tagged: Florida Man

[3] Reddit – /r/FloridaMan

[4] Reddit – Florida Man is a terrible superhero

[5] Tumblr – Stuckinabucket (page unavailable)

[6] Pleated Jeans – Florida Man Twitter

[7] BuzzFeed – 10 Reasons Florida Man is the Best Twitter Aggregator

[8] Daily Dot – Florida Man is Pretty Much the Worst Person Ever

[9] Slate – Follow Friday = Florida Man the Worlds Worst Superhero

[10] CBS News – Ricky Lee Kalichun

[11] Laughing Squid – Twitter Feed for Florida Man

[12] Gawker – Florida Man Personifies Everything Thats Messed up in Florida

[13] Mashable – Florida Man is Twitters Worst Superhero

[14] BuzzFeed – 10 Reasons Florida Man is the best Twitter Aggregator

[15] NPR – Florida Man On Twitter Collects Real Headlines About World's Worst Superhero

[16] Tumblr – #florida man

[17] Reddit – I want these to all be the same person so badly

[18] WeKnowMemes (via Wayback Machine) – Colombian Man Killed by Flying Toilet

[19] Reddit – /r/colombianman

[20] Tumblr – Colombian Man Stories (page deleted)

[21] Twitter – Drunk Humans

[22] Twitter – Shirtless Man

[23] Orlando Sentinel – Cigar City now brewing Florida Man beer

[24] Courier Press (via Wayback Machine) – Evansville man arrested after alleged sword attack

[25] Cigar City Brewing – Whats On Tap (age confirmation required)

[26] NY Daily News – Cigar City Brewing crafts Florida Man Beer

[27] CNN Money – Cheers! That crazy Florida Man

[28] Tech Times – That Florida Man Twitter Account

[29] Mashable – Florida Man Beer Bottles

[30] Directors Notes – How a Mushroom Trip Led Sean Dunne to Make a Film About Everything and Nothing

[31] Tampa Bay Times – Gathering to embrace the power of the Fark Side

[32] Twitter – @g_pratimaaa

[33] Tumblr – gandalfsoda

[34] Twitter – Which Florida man story are you?

[35] News 5 Cleveland – Google Florida man followed by your birthday

[36] CBS Miami – Whats Your Florida Man Story? Google It To Find Out In The Florida Man Challenge

[37] Miami New Times – How Floridas Proud Open Government Laws Lead to the Shame of Florida Man

Recent Videos 43 total

Recent Images 155 total


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Fun fact: Florida gets this bad rep, ironically, because of a very progressive law that no other state has, Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes, usually called the open records law. Simply put, virtually every single government record is supposed to be made public. Mug shots, 911 calls, police reports, the whole nine yards, which provides the world with plenty of comedy at the expense of Floridian taxpayers' dime.

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