A lot of weird things happen in Florida. We're here every Friday morning to give you the week's weirdest. This week: the biggest First-World problem ever, Walmart toy humping, a buttload of missing Crisco, and an important reminder that many of Florida's craziest residents are not actually product ... More >>
Last week was tops in sales for a St. Petersburg, Florida, Starbucks. It was also, you might say, a day when the nice guys won -- for awhile. Last Wednesday, a pay-it-forward chain ended when the 379th customer of the day didn't understand the concept and simply wanted to buy her own regular coffee ... More >>
Soon, the undead will arise. Their flesh hanging from their rotten bones like rags, they'll emerge from cemeteries and mortuaries, wandering aimlessly down Biscayne Boulevard in search of their only sustenance: Brains. Living human brains. Society will quickly devolve into an anarchic fight for surv ... More >>
Clearly, Florida is a not a safe place for fast-food restaurants. Someone doing something crazy in a burger joint in the Sunshine State is about as frequent as summer afternoon rain, yet a woman in St. Petersburg has made an entry into the canon that is bound to become legendary. She somehow wound ... More >>
Do you often find yourself cruising Miami's highways and thinking to yourself, "I really, truly wish that everyone on this road would drive even faster"? If so, you are a maniac probably bent on your own fiery death, and you are also in luck. Because Florida's legislature looks just about ready to ... More >>
Well, considering it's so hard to meet anyone in Miami, one of these might come in handy for some of y'all. Yes, a Florida woman has designed "make-out practice pillows" for all your lonely late night needs.
Two people were injured in St. Petersburg last night when a batch of hashish oil they were making exploded. The blast was powerful enough to blow out an exterior wall and cause heavy damage to an interior wall, police said. No arrests had been made as of Monday night, but criminal charges are possi ... More >>
Violence erupted at a rural correctional youth academy on Saturday night over a lost bet, two basketball teams and three Cup Noodles. "It was a full blown riot," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told ABC. "I watched them throw objects at us and our deputies. I watched them break windows."
While other states are legalizing medicinal marijuana and decriminalizing possession of small amounts of pot, Florida is going in the exact opposite direction. A bill that would ban the sale of pipes and bongs that could be used to smoke marijuana passed the state House yesterday with a lopsided 112 ... More >>
Over The Counter, or OTC for short, opened in Brickell in the late fall and quickly became a place for locals to get affordable no-nonsense sliders, grilled cheese sandwiches, and charcuterie plates. With most items under ten bucks, tenants in high-rent high rises could find a place to grab a beer a ... More >>
A kindergarten classroom in St. Petersburg had an interesting yet unplanned show and tell recently after a six-year-old student pulled three ounces of marijuana and a scale from their backpack and proclaimed to the classes' teacher, "Look what I got."How'd it get there? Apparently the student's fath ... More >>
Here's another reason why you should never order a salad from a pizza place: a Florida man claims that he discovered an employee's fingertip in his salad at a downtown St. Petersburg pizza joint. The kicker: he only discovered it after it had already been in his mouth.
Fresh off their devastatingly progressive move to legalize rabbit-dyeing, the Florida House passed another landmark law for human rights by banning, at last, state prisons from handcuffing pregnant women during live birth. Next on the agenda: Outlawing forced marathons for disabled veterans in ja ... More >>
The craft beer movement has produced some surprising side effects for the brewery world; suddenly blueberries, cherries and chocolate are considered hops-friendly ingredients, giving beer a whole new aisle in your local liquor store. In fact, beer is so user friendly with food these days, we are ... More >>
Calling Florida the "Sunshine State" might seem like a cruel joke after having almost all its major cities ranked by Men's Health magazine as some of the saddest cities in America.It's one thing to have a city as part of this dreaded list, but to include Miami, Tampa, St. Pete and Jacksonville .. ... More >>
Photo by Chris BeugThese are Wolves in the Throne Room.Slashpine Travelogue Wolves in the Throne Room The Chop Shop, St. Petersburg, Florida Friday, September 23, 2011 It's hard to reckon the episode we experienced in Florida's backwater over the weekend. It was was meant to be a quick detour on ... More >>
VooDoo BBQ & Grill is coming to town.Louisiana-based VooDoo BBQ & Grill has announced plans to bring its N'awlins "competition style BBQ" to Florida. The fast-casual chain has signed a deal with a local LLC (whose partnership currently includes the management of several Five Guys Burgers ... More >>
"That voice just now-- what was it?"We like the idea that, in his final hours as the Florida Marlins manager, Edwin Rodriguez spent his time comforting relief pitchers who were terrified of ghosts. It'd be fitting for one of the youngest teams in baseball.
Charlie Crist is still married to an actual lady, and even though he failed to make Carole Rome a D.C. power wife she just sold her apartment on fancy Fisher Island so she can live with Crist in St. Petersburg full time. Rome sold the apartment for $3 million according to The Sun-Sentinel, though ... More >>
Former First Lady of Florida Carole Crist may not be the newest member of the Senate Spouse's club, but she's sticking by her man. In fact, despite plans by the couple to split their time between Miami and Tampa Bay, she's put her fancy Fisher Island condo on the market so she can live with Charl ... More >>
Salmonella bacteriaBritish soccer stadium Forest Green Rovers Football Club recently instituted a ban on burgers and sausages. Its vegan owner first barred the team's players from partaking in red meat for "health and performance reasons," and then extended the policy to patrons as well, reasonin ... More >>
You wouldn't like us when we're angry. Nothing pisses us off more than these statisically-flawed, silly little city rankings lists. Just in the past few weeks we've learned that Miami is one of America's most rude, vain, and miserable cities. Fittingly, Men's Health now tells us that when it come ... More >>
via Pinellas County Sheriff's DepartmentHydra Lacey Jr., the convicted sex offender who killed two St. Petersburg cops today.A horrible week for Florida's police officers turned even worse this afternoon. While thousands gathered in downtown Miami to remember Roger Castillo and Amanda Haworth, th ... More >>
Photo by Mike NunnGet yr noise with Clang Quartet.Hey noiseniks, it's almost time again to put your auditory system through those 72 hours of awesome sonic abuse commonly known as the International Noise Conference. As always, Rat Bastard and Laundry Room Squelchers will be helming the whole th ... More >>
Oh, you've got your comfiest sneakers ready. You're going to bed at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving afternoon and planning on waking up 6 hours later. You want to be the first Floridian in line for the annual jubilee of capitalism known as "Black Friday." Too late. Somewhere in a St. Petersburg parking lo ... More >>
Gotohells Six Packs & Race Tracks (Stiff Pole Records) In honor of Richard "Big Stiff" Konwinski, who passed this past July in Tampa, I'll be juggling between the County Grind and Crossfade blogs doing my Blast From the Past thing on the record label that he founded, Stiff Pole Records, that, i ... More >>
Charlie Crist is rumored to make a big announcement concerning his campaign for Senate this Thursday, and while no one has 100 percent confirmed it, it's anticipated that he'll declare his intentions to run as an independent. That announcement will likely be made in his home town of St. Pete ... More >>
While the rest of the country -- or at least California, Colorado and a few others -- virtually legalize pot, Florida is going retro.Bills making their way through the Florida House and Senate would impose a 25 percent tax on pipes with carburetors. Worse, it argues that these pipes couldn't be s ... More >>
Had Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island been released in October as originally planned, perhaps FIU-grad Dennis Lehane would have had a third movie based on one of his novels up for an Academy Award.His novel Mystic River was adapted by Clint Eastwood into a six-time nominated film. Gone, Baby, Gone ... More >>
You see it every new year: South Florida's morons resolve to turn over a new leaf. They promise they will keep their names and mug shots out of news articles with the phrases oddly enough or incredibly idiotic in the headlines. But now, during the third week in January, our heroes are suffering from ... More >>
via Dean812's flickrDeaths where valium and xanax were found in the body are on the rise. The Miami-Dade Medical Examiners district still leads the state in the number of autopsies where heroine and cocaine were found, but the amount of deaths linked to pharmaceutical abuse remains&nb ... More >>
With a band from Brooklyn.
Rides: Sorry for the late notice on this one, but: Tonight, the Emerge Miami’s Critical Mass will be riding bikes at Shark Valley in the Everglades. Meet at Coconut Grove Metrorail stop at 6:00, or at Shark Valley at 7:00. If you’d like to stay closer to home, the other Critical Mass (the pun ... More >>
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In a high-stakes showdown, Miami hopes to put some muscle on its enfeebled Nuisance Abatement Board