Casey Anthony Case Latest in Florida's History of Unusual News

"We knew when we started Bizarre Florida near the end of November [in 2007] that the challenge wouldn't be finding strange stories," the blog states. "Rather, it simply would be keeping up with all the bizarre events -- large and small -- that occur daily in the Sunshine State."

"We're a content provider for the rest of the country, if not the world," the 28-year Florida resident told ABC News. "The material's there."

That material is sometimes a sort of oddball humor -- like when a Tampa man was arrested for riding his bike in a batman costume -- and other times intensely grotesque -- like when a man from Winter Haven allegedly beat his baby daughter to death for not being a boy.

For Scherberger, knowing the difference between the comic and tragic can be difficult.

"There's a fine line there," he said. "Some tragedies are funny, to anyone it's not happening to. It's on a case-by-case basis. It's a gut feeling."

By walking that fine line, a gaggle of comedy writers who make their home in Florida have become successful by looking to the day's headlines for inspiration.

"For a novelist, it's such fertile ground," said Paul Levine, a best-selling fiction author who came to Florida originally in 1969 and has reported for the Miami Herald. "In my books... people think that the main story I'm writing about is true and all the odd cases that form the subplot, people think I made those up."

Levine said that the opposite is usually true.

Blame It on the Heat, or the People, or the Newspapers, or Nothing at All

While some, like Levine, are quick to say stories out of Florida are "undoubtedly" more bizarre than other states, few claim to know exactly why.

"The heat leading to sunstroke and leading to dementia among so many people creates a weirder, wacky environment," Levine theorized.

Drew Curtis wrote in "It's Not News, It's FARK," that the Florida "weirdness" was "diverse, and seems to be endemic of the population."

"Part of the reason Florida is such a magnet for bizarre stories is that so many people are rootless," Sherburger agreed. "It's a land of refugees. People will literally get on a bus with no job, no money and land in Florida looking for something to do. This is a good place to start over."

In the "land of refugees," nearly half of Florida's residents were born out of state, according to the 2000 Census.

"Sometimes I think that Florida, being sort of the end of the road, is where all these cracked marbles kind of roll and now they come to a stop in the sand," Levine said. "When you're there, there's no place left to go."

For others, like Clifton Bryant, author of the "Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior," there is a far simpler reason Florida seems more bizarre than other states: people are paying more attention there.

"I don't think it's just Florida," Bryant told ABC News. "Sometimes the press and law enforcement are more attentive to certain kinds of things and certain kinds of places. Maybe living in Florida is like living under a microscope. Maybe this extra scrutiny may reveal more warts than would otherwise be seen."

According to Scherberger, the fact that Florida's books are more open than most also helps.

"There's a lot of aggressive newspapers and we have access to virtually every arrest record," he said. "They say that in New York they'll tell you anything, but they won't give you records. In Florida, they won't tell you anything, but we have all the records."

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