Florida is generally considered one of the weirder places in America, so it's no surprise weird Florida news seems to be a staple of the headlines. Crazy Florida news stories often involve bizarre arrests, strange accidents, and more. If you're wondering what the strangest happenings in the Sunshine State were in 2018, browse this list of Florida stories 2018.
The latest Florida news 2018 ranges from weird Florida stories to funny Florida stories. Some Florida news stories will leave you laughing, while others will leave you rethinking your faith in humanity. If you're fascinated by the continual wtf news stories from Florida, read on to satisfy your itch.
For whatever reason, Florida seems to attract oddballs who often illustrate the most abnormal sides of humanity. These funny Florida stories from 2018 will leave you scratching your head, wondering how such things are even possible. Read up on these weird Florida 2018 stories below and then see what the 2019 Florida Man is up to.
On December 9, 2018, Summerfield resident Danny DeJesus was arrested at a Circle K after he tried to trade a napkin full of cannabis for a hot dog. DeJesus offered the substance to an employee in exchange for the snack, and then the employee took the illicit plant and called 911.
When authorities arrived, DeJesus denied the allegation. He was ultimately charged with selling and distributing of marijuana by the police.
Officers in Niceville responded to a call concerning a house fire during the last week of August 2018. When they arrived around 5:30 PM local time, a naked man opened the door, told the officers, "I'm sorry," and closed the door. The nude man then opened the door again, leaving it ajar as he retreated back into his home. The man didn't seem to either care or understand the potential danger he was in. A police officer removed the man from his home, and firefighters told Northwest Florida Daily News that if he remained in his house, he could have died from smoke inhalation - or worse.
How did the fire start? The man confessed to drinking two liters of vodka and smoking cannabis starting around 9 AM. Authorities examined the fire-damaged house, and after the investigation and some questioning, they discovered a bizarre start to the fire. Allegedly, the man decided to bake some cookies. Instead of using the oven, however, he opted to use his George Foreman grill. He left the grill on, and it caught fire. In an effort to smother the flames, he placed dry towels on the George Foreman. The towels caught fire, and the flames started to spread.
Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera is running for the House of Representatives against retiring Republican, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Rodriguez Aguilera believes aliens abducted her when she was seven years old - she says blond aliens, who looked like the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, took her onto their spaceship where they told her the "center of the world's energy is Africa" and that researchers discovered thousands of non-human skulls on the island Malta.
Rodriguez Aguilera also claims she saw a UFO at 17 years old and has stayed in communication with aliens telepathically. About her confidence in the existence of extraterrestrials she says, “I stick to my guns when I believe in something."
The Miami Herald endorsed Rodriguez Aguilera for the GOP nomination. They wrote, "We realize that Rodriguez Aguilera is an unusual candidate," but that they're impressed with her experience and ideas. She trains women from other countries how to run for political office.
Known by the pseudonym Paul Flart, a security guard in a Florida hospital saw a video of his farts go viral in 2018. Flart - real name Doug, last name unknown - spent much of his job sitting in the lobby, which he noticed had good acoustics. This inspired him to create an Instagram account to document his farts for about six months. After someone uploaded a compilation of Paul Flart's farts to YouTube, the video went viral.
Unfortunately, Paul Flart's boss was less then amused and fired him for his actions. Flart live streamed his firing on Instagram. He wasn't fired for the fart videos exactly. The issue was he uploaded content on a client's property while wearing his official uniform.
Despite the setback, Flart is optimistic about his future. He plans to keep making videos using his pseudonym, hoping the gimmick could turn into a sustainable social media career.