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Florida news: Top weird news stories from the Sunshine State in 2018

Posted: 5:00 AM, Dec 28, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-28 06:49:20-05
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2018 was another banner year for Florida Man, as well as Florida Woman and Florida Critters. Here's a look back at those Florida news stories that had people shaking their heads in 2018.

JANUARY

A man in Polk County got the year started off with typical Florida Man style, calling 911 on New Year's Eve to report himself for driving drunk . He eventually admitted having several drinks and swallowing meth instead of smoking it.

A fight between two Cape Coral McDonald's employees showed one employee apparently pulling a gun .

Golfers in Collier County witnessed an epic fight between a python and an alligator .

FEBRUARY

A 68-year-old Florida Woman was arrested at the Fort Myers airport after drunkenly leaving her rental car running at the curb and explaining that she was "old and pregnant" .

A Florida mayor was accused of asking a resident for sex in exchange for getting speed bumps installed in her neighborhood.

Things got awkward in Cape Coral when a lingerie-wearing escort and her "protection" showed up at the wrong house at 3 a.m .

Nudists in Central Florida filed complaints with the post office when a carrier refused to deliver mail in their nudist community . The post office sided with their employee.

MARCH

Biologists in Naples were amazed to find a python attempting to swallow a deer larger than itself .

A Miami Beach nightclub came under fire for hosting a party featuring an underwear-clad woman riding a white horse through the crowd .

A Florida Woman was arrested for DUI in Cape Coral after crashing her car outside a Publix liquor store and going in to buy more wine .

APRIL

An Indiana man was arrested at a Florida shell festival for shooting upskirt videos of unsuspecting women . Police say many of the incriminating videos began pointed at the suspect's face before being pointed at the victims.

A Florida Woman says the drugs police found in her purse must have flown in on a windy day .

MAY

A Miami high school was accused of animal abuse after allowing a caged tiger at prom .

Residents of Lake Worth were sent an emergency message warning out power outages due to "extreme zombie activity."

JUNE

A charter captain spotted an alligator swimming off a Lee County beach and then walking up the beach.

A nude Cape Coral man was arrested after dancing and chanting around a fire in his front yard .

JULY

It took nearly a year for a Southwest Florida deputy to get fired for "intentionally exposing his scrotum and testicles" at a Punta Gorda bar.

A man in a blood-covered shirt managed to get two children to let him in the house by claiming he was being chased. He eventually climbed out a window and the kids called police.

AUGUST

A worker died near Disney World when he fell into a giant vat of oil.

A Fort Pierce man was arrested after giving his girlfriend a wet Willie .

A 'monster' alligator approximately 12 feet long was seen walking across a Tampa-area golf course .

SEPTEMBER

A suspect fleeing police in Cape Coral surrendered after getting stuck in an algae-filled canal .

Another 12-foot alligator was captured by trappers in Gulf County .

A disc golfer in Clearwater was bitten by an 11-foot alligator while attempting to retrieve a disc from the water.

Police in Daytona Beach watched as a man threw a woman's bike off a bridge, then threw a man who tried to intervene into the water as well .

Beachgoers in the panhandle were shocked to see a rattlesnake swim out of the surf onto the beach.

OCTOBER

A Jacksonville convenience store owner was tired of customers warming up samples of urine in his microwave .

Nobody was shocked when the man accused of sending bombs to liberals in the mail was a conspiracy theory-loving white supremacist from South Florida .

NOVEMBER

Two North Port moms got in a fight at a school bus stop , leading one mom to use a shard of mug to slash the other.

A Marion County man was arrested for having sex with a miniature horse on multiple occasions.

A Florida man's mugshot went hugely viral when people saw his enormous neck .

Two skinny dippers on Sanibel were arrested after witnesses said they were having sex in broad daylight .

DECEMBER

A North Port SWAT deputy was placed under investigation after leaving his vehicle unlocked with a sniper rifle and other equipment inside . Of course they were stolen.

A Port St. Lucie man tried to use a bag of marijuana to buy food at McDonald's.