Some claim Florida’s weird news surfaces because of the state’s open public records laws, while others chalk it up to the fact that it’s the third largest state, with more than 21 million people packed on a peninsula — many wearing scant clothing because of infernal heat most of the year.

Whatever the reason, taking stock of the year’s strange stories in Florida is a time-honored tradition. This year’s no different; the unusual met with a chuckle and shrug precisely because it’s so normal. Honestly. In 1986, the state’s official tourism slogan was, “Florida … The Rules Are Different Here.”