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Crazy Story Sunk, Gump Boat Still Afloat

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Sometimes dumb rumors lead to great truths. Such was the bizarre faux news report late last year that the shrimp boat used by Forrest Gump in his Hollywood movie was to be “cut in half” — one part going to Planet Hollywood in New York City, the other to Planet Hollywood in Los Angeles. The […]

Gibsonton, FL: Getting the Boot

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Gibsonton, Florida may soon be home to one massive marble boot, which is being created to honor the memory of a beloved character in the town’s history: 8-foot 4-inch giant Al Tomaini, who, with his petite and legless wife Jeanie, founded the famous freak-and-fishing-friendly resort Giant’s Camp.

Attention Big Birdwatchers

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

The mascot of Florida’s Hillsborough Community College is the hawk. The campus newspaper, sports teams, e-mail accounts, all have “hawk” somewhere in their titles. It seemed reasonable that the college would want a hawk statue, and it recently spent a reported $28,000 to erect a large one outside of the library on its Plant City […]

St. Augustine: New Port For Robot Pirates

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Pat Croce is a wealthy man who loves what he calls “The Golden Age of Piracy” — cutlass-swinging buccaneers such as Captain Kidd and Blackbeard.

Airstream Ranch: Attraction, Yes; Art, Maybe

Monday, February 15th, 2010

It’s taken two years of legal battles, but Florida’s Airstream Ranch is now officially not a bad thing. But it’s not officially art, either. Three judges from the civil appellate division of the Hillsborough circuit court have ruled that Airstream Ranch can stay, overturning a 2008 decision by the county Code Enforcement Board that ordered […]

Cypress Gardens To Be Legoland Florida

Monday, January 25th, 2010

The news fell on Florida like a ton of tiny plastic bricks. Cypress Gardens, known for its water ski shows and Southern Belles, will be turned into Legoland Florida in 2011.

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