by Eve Fisher
In case you haven't heard, there's a Florida Man Contest out there, where you Google "Florida Man" for your birthday or some such date and see what comes up. Jack Holmes at Esquire provides quite a list: FLORIDA MAN 2015. But every state has its own crazies. So I thought I'd add a few from South Dakota to the mix. Only one of these is not a true story!
Florida Man Covers Himself in Ashes, Says He's a 400-Year-Old Indian, Crashes Stolen Car
Florida Man Puts Dragon Lizard in His Mouth, Smacks People with It
Dakota Man Known for Exposing Himself, Takes His Talent to Florida
Florida Man Killed 5 Gators, Ate Them for Super Bowl Dinner
Drunk, Machete-Wielding Florida Man Chases Neighbor on Lawnmower
Ride Naked, Ride Quiet, Ride An Indian [to Sturgis, SD]
Florida Man Tries to Sell 3 Iguanas Taped to His Bike to Passersby as Dinner
Florida Man on Bath Salts Head-Butts Car, Slaps Fire Chief
South Dakota Man Sentenced for killing Bald Eagle in Nebraska.
Drunk, High Florida Men Post Video to Facebook of Themselves Driving Around at 3 AM with Wounded, Possibly Endangered Owl
Aliens Converge on Sioux Falls, SD.
SD Breastfeeding Bandit Sneaks Into Home and Suckles Stranger's Baby
Florida Man Impersonating a Police Officer Pulls Over Real Cops
Florida Man Advertises "Legit Counterfeit $" on Craigslist, Is Arrested
South Dakota Man Gets $190 Fine for Snake Without a Leash
Florida Man Lands Gyrocopter on Capitol Lawn to Demand Campaign Finance Reform, Is Arrested
South Dakota Man Sues Over Burst Exercise Ball
Florida Man High on Meth Jumps on Strangers' Cars, Surfs Them
Florida Man Interested in Getting Tased Runs Through Airport in Underwear Waiving Nunchucks
Identical Twin Florida Men Arrested After Getting in Brick Fight
Florida Man Arrested for Grand Theft After Trying to Walk Out of Store with AK-47s Stuffed Down His Pants
82-Year-Old Florida Man Slashes 88-Year-Old Florida Woman's Tires with an Ice Pick for Taking His Seat at Bingo
Florida Man Dances on Top of Police Cruiser to Ward Off Vampires
Clark, SD, Home to World Famous Mashed Potato Wrestling Contest
Florida Man Rips Hole in Store Ceiling, Steals More Than 70 Guns, Flees on 3-Wheel Bicycle
Florida Man Dressed as Pirate Arrested for Firing Musket at Passing Cars
Doing Black Hair at Home No Longer Illegal in South Dakota
Florida Man Steals Operating Table from Hospital
Florida Man Steals $2 Million in Legos
Crack-Smoking Florida Man Drinks Capri Sun to Rehydrate During Police Chase
Florida Man's Fishing Trip Interrupts Weather Report
SD man stuck in tree bites firefighter during rescue.
Florida Man Flees Library on Scooter After Smelling Woman's Feet
Dakota Man Accused of Stripping, Getting Into Holy Water Fountain
Florida Man on the Lam Butt Dials 911, Is Arrested
Dakota Man Found Asleep in Truck in Miami With an Arsenal of Guns
Florida Man Too Drunk to Be Honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Florida Man Catches Shark That Bit Him, Pledges to Eat It
Florida Man Crawls into Cracker Barrel Bathroom Stall to Proposition Occupant for Sex
Florida Man Crashes Car into Business While Trying to Time Travel
I'll post the answer to which one is fake in the comments section later.
28 March 2019
21 July 2016
by Eve Fisher
by Eve Fisher
I believe that I have cracked the reason why summer brings out the apocalypse movies, not to mention movies and TV shows about killer sharks, vampires, zombies, serial killers, Animals Gone Wild, and (I'm still waiting) Batboy. It's a distraction from the fact that summer isn't all that it's cracked up to be. What with mosquitoes (West Nile, anyone? Zika?), ticks (Lyme, tularemia, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever), killer heat (more on that later), and trying to figure out what SPF actually works and what pesticide won't kill you as well as the bugs, we need something where humans eventually WIN.
But this year is lusher, greener, wetter, and more infested than ever. And hot. It is very hot. As you read this, it's 98 degrees outside, and the endless square miles of corn have increased our humidity to the point where we are outdoing Mississippi. It's stiflingly hot. Thank God for air-conditioning.
NOTE: Let us all now give thanks and praise to Willis Carrier, who in 1902 invented the first air-conditioning system. May his memory be eternally green. And cool.But to get back to infestations. We've seen them before, especially the Great Frog Infestation back in the 90s. Personally, I didn't mind the frogs. They were small, they moved quickly, and they tried to stay hidden. They only bothered me when I was mowing the lawn. For one thing, they froze as I came near, hoping (as most of us do) that if they ignored the problem (me and the lawnmower), it would go away. I got to the point where I'd carry a small broom and prod them into moving with it while I mowed. "What did you do Saturday?" "Swept frogs." Sometimes when they still wouldn't budge, I'd just pick them up and move them, while they expressed their gratitude all over my hands. Frogs are not toilet trained.
|Boreal Choral Frog|
Photographer - Tnarg 12345 on Wikipedia
The mosquitoes alone would be bad enough, but they're getting serious competition from the gnats. There aren't as many of them - at least, I hope there aren't - but their bites leave golf to softball sized swellings on ears, eyes, necks, etc. It's getting unnerving to go out in public. Half the people I see look like they've been in a fist fight, the other half are calomine-pink, and we're all in the same blithe mood the nation was in the night Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds" broadcast. The air reeks of Deet, Skin-So-Soft, Off, and every other insect repellent known to man and we still can't stand outside more than two minutes without acting like Larry, Curly, and Moe.
So what do we do about this enemy invasion? Some people are moving down South, where they think all they'll have to deal with is cockroaches and kudzu. (There are also fire ants and even more mosquitoes.) Kudzu, for those of you who haven't heard of it, is a Japanese plant that some idiot imported for ground cover on poor soil. It can't be killed by drought, floods, fire, pestilence, or famine, and it grows a foot a day. There's a theory that it was left by UFO's on one of their human-tagging trips, but I think it's just a vicious predator. The one good thing about it is that it can't stand severe frost, and so South Dakota is free... until we get warmer...
|Kudzu growing on trees in Georgia|
Photographer - Scott Ehardt, Wikipedia
Anyway, back to solutions:
(1) Buy a bee-keeper's hat or a surplus space suit. You'll sweat to death, but you will be bug free.
(2) Don't go outside. Summer is highly overrated. It's hot, it's buggy, and people keep expecting you to do things, most of which involve a lot of work, which involves a lot of sweating, while overheated and in full sun. What we really love about summer is our nostalgia for the days when we were kids and didn't have to do anything except go swimming and eat watermelon. (What we forget is how much time we spent whining about how there wasn't anything to DO.) So turn on the AC, the blender, grab a stack of mysteries - I know some very good authors, many of whom are on this site, so check them out! - and stay indoors. All the fun, a lot less danger.
Latorilla at Wikipedia
But even if one of them does happen to transform into an orthodontically-challenged count with a bad accent and receding hairline, a little garlic and a wooden stake will take care of the problem.
The odds are good: one count vs. the swarm.
One against many.
Think about it.