The Five Freakiest Fringe Groups in Florida

We all know Florida is weird. Those of us who are full-time inhabitants of this paradisiacal swampland know that better than anyone.

But just how weird are we? Weirder than you ever could have imagined, even if you're a devout follower of New Times' stories tagged "WTF Florida." Turns out, we barely scratch the surface.

Author Lynn Waddell delved into the depths of Florida's outside-the-norm cultures and cataloged her finds in her book Fringe Florida. So who were the most bizarre people she encountered in her research? Here, lovingly recounted by Waddell herself, are the freakiest fringe groups in Florida.

Disclaimer: No judgment here, y'all. Whatever floats your boat and all that.

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