The Bizarre World of Florida

There Is More Than One ‘Bikini Body’ And Every Woman Has One July 22, 2014

Filed under: Interesting,OK Then .....,Unusual,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:42 pm

Amini Terrell did something that she knew would get attention last week. On Hollywood Boulevard, she decided to strip down to a bikini and strut down the road.

She is 260 pounds and wanted to show others that beauty applies to every shape and size.

n-139804446-large570While Fox News filmed her there were plenty of comments. One man claimed to have lost his appetite by viewing Amini in a bikini. One man said that she is the definition of sexy. One woman thanked her for doing it and one woman said it was embarrassing.

Everyone is going to have a different opinion on this topic. It just showed me one thing: Everyone has a “bikini body,” and there is no need to shame yourself into thinking you do not.

“Bikini Body” has got to be one of the worst self-image sayings out there. The media makes it out to be a myth. A goal for every summer. No one truly has the bikini body that fitness/health publications talk about because it is not real. It is fictional. Yet, they give you just a few easy steps to get the body “they” want… not the one you want.

It is to shame others to lose weight. You always hear you have to lose weight now because “bikini season” is right around the corner.

And so is Baskin Robbins.

IMG_1620-300x210As writer Carla Birnberg says, “If we want a beach body, we put on a swim suit and head to the beach.”

They make numerous sizes of bikinis for a reason. It is not one size. Amini did not have hers custom-made.

So, I agree that every body is a “bikini body.” It is hard to believe it sometimes.

I also believe that if a 370-pound woman walked in a bikini on Hollywood Boulevard, she would have gotten the same reaction. Same with a 110-pound woman. Some would lose their appetite, some would say “that defines sexy,” some would thank the woman and some would find it embarrassing.

That is just how people are.

OK, so I do not wear a bikini, but I know what it is like to want to lose weight. I want to do it quickly for the summer and I find the diet with the most results and then I eat less and then…


If you want to get healthy, do it for you. If you want to lose weight, do it for you.

Amini just said if you want to wear a bikini, do it for you.

Because if people say you are too fat to wear one, then you will lose weight. Once you lose weight they will say you are too flat-chested for one and then get surgery. Once you have Double D’s they will say you do not have a butt for one so you will have more surgery. Then you will not be tan enough or tall enough or shapely enough.

When is enough… enough?

There is only one opinion that matters. Because no matter how much weight you lose or how defined you get, people will always have their opinions.

The only one that matters is yours.

And today you have a “bikini body”


A ‘testicle-eating’ fish found in Florida waters? July 18, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Disgusting,OK Then .....,Scary,Unusual,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:23 pm

A local angler has quite the fish tale to tell. He says he recently caught a pacu on the Suncoast — a member of the piranha family with a very unsettling reputation.

53c6973b8d130.preview-300The name of Tom Rigby’s boat is Asleep at the Reel. About a month ago, Rigby was fishing Phillippi Creek with a shrimp and was wide awake when his line took off.

“I had the drag set pretty tight, and it’s running with it. My first thought was a jack because they fight like crazy.”

After a long fight, he brought the fish aboard the boat. “I got out my fish ID chart and go through all of the species. I can’t see anything that looks like the species.”

He snapped a quick photo of the fish and released it back into the water.

53c697a2cd302.preview-300He sent his picture of the fish to Mote Marine. They quickly identify it as a pacu, a freshwater species native to South America — and related to the piranha.

“I’m looking at all of the teeth, saying this thing can do some serious damage to another fish or something.”

That something will make men everywhere cringe. “I found out it has a reputation for going after men’s testicles. I was just worried about it biting my finger.”

That reputation has been investigated for years, even by Animal Planet’s extreme angler Jeremy Wade — the host of the hit show River Monsters.

There have never been any confirmed cases of the pacu’s unusual appetite.

For Rigby, he has an appetite for catching another one — this time keeping it. “It was quite an adventure; pretty cool to catch and it’s out there somewhere still looking for lunch.”

The mystery remains: how did this fish end up here? The likely answer is that at one time it was someone’s pet that outgrew its aquarium and was released into area waters.


Bomb Squad: Bowl with chicken head and feathers caused road closure July 15, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Really Dumb,WTF?,Controversy,Unusual,Scary,Silly,OK Then ..... — floridaduh @ 1:23 pm

sfl-flduh-chicken-head-feathers-20140714-001Sarasota’s Hazardous Devices Unit made an unusual discovery when they were called out to investigate numerous suspicious objects on Monday.

The Sheriff’s Office says the suspicious objects were found in the middle of Swift Road just before 1 p.m. The road was shut down as the bomb team responded to examine the items.

They found a cylindrical object inside of a paper bag that was next to a ceramic bowl containing a chicken head and feathers. An x-ray was unable to determine the contents of the paper bag, aside from there being a gel-like substance inside, and it was destroyed on-scene.

After 20 minutes, the scene was cleared and the road re-opened.

It’s still not clear what purpose the items served and why they were left in the road.


It Was the Running of the Bull in Florida July 9, 2014

Filed under: Alcohol,Bizzarre,Funny,Interesting,OK Then .....,Sad Story,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:25 pm

Red-Bull-car-by-Paul-Gilham-Getty-Images-300x200Thousands of gallons of Red Bull spilled onto Interstate 95 in central Florida after two tractor-trailers collided.

The Florida Highway Patrol says the crash happened Monday evening near Rockledge.

Troopers say the truck hauling more than 30,000 pounds of Red Bull was heading north when the driver tried to move over to the center lane because another truck was disabled on the shoulder of the road. When the driver swerved back into the outside lane, his truck sideswiped the parked vehicle. The trailer on the first truck ripped open and the energy drink spilled onto the road.

The driver of the truck was ticketed for failure to maintain a single lane. No injuries were reported.


Inmate said she didn’t know heroin was in her bra

Filed under: Drugs,Bizzarre,Florida Nut,Bad Luck,WTF?,Controversy,Unusual,Amazing,Dumb,Funny — floridaduh @ 1:23 pm

sfl-flduh-heroin-bra-20140708-001A 23-year-old woman told deputies she didn’t know that she had heroin in her sports bra when she was taken into custody.

Deputies were called on June 26 for a woman who had heroin in the detention facility, according to the report. An inmate told officers at the facility that Kasandra L. Burton had drugs in her cell.

When an officer went to search the cell, she saw Burton try to hide something in her hand before leaving the cell, the report said. When asked what she had, Burton told the officer she had heroin and gave it to the officer.

Burton said she’d had the drugs in her sports bra four days earlier, when she was taken into custody, according to the report. She said didn’t know she had it until that day “when she opened her sports bra.”

Burton is charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and smuggling contraband into a detention facility.


CATastrophe 911: Couple freaked out by their freaked out cat July 8, 2014

Filed under: Alcohol,Bizzarre,Dumb,Funny,Interesting,OK Then .....,Scary,Stupid,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:02 pm

A DeLand woman called police this weekend to report she and her husband were trapped in their bedroom after their cat “freaked out” and attacked repeatedly, dispatch audio released Monday shows.

Listen to the 911 call here.

The cat “ripped us up,” Teresa Gregory reported, adding: “We just need her out of our house. We don’t know what to do.”

According to an incident report, officers were dispatched to Gregory’s home on Victoria Hills Drive about 7:15 p.m. Saturday.

“She’s never been like this, I don’t know what’s happened to her. It’s like she freaked out on us today,” Gregory said in a call to police, adding she thought she might have stepped on the cat in the dark, upsetting it.

The cat was not up-to-date on its shots, Gregory reported. She expressed concern her pet might attack responding officers.

“They might have to shoot her, I don’t know,” she said.

That didn’t turn out to be necessary; DeLand Animal Control officers eventually arrived and took the cat, a 4-year-old Russian Blue named Kush, which will be in quarantine for at least 10 days, the report states.

Gregory and her husband, James Gregory, suffered scratches to their legs and hands, which were photographed by police, but declined to be taken by ambulance to the hospital, according to the incident report.


Barber shop doubled as a strip club July 1, 2014

priceThe owner of an Orange County barbershop was arrested after Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation agents raided the business and said it was being used as a strip club.

Super Fades barbershop, which sits along Pine Hills Road, is closed following the raid that sent its owner, 42-year-old Derrick Price, to jail.

Agents said they found a 17-year-old girl stripping inside the business. But Price denies that he was using the shop as a strip club.

“It’s customer appreciation. I thank my customers for coming in and supporting me, that’s all it was,” Price said to Eyewitness News.

MBI investigator Lt. Mike Gibson said undercover agents visited the barbershop by day and learned that it quickly morphed into a liquor-selling strip club every Saturday night.

“On each and every occasion they were serving alcohol and they had strippers. And not strippers following local law, but strippers that went completely nude,” Gibson said.

Undercover agents said about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, they bought $20 worth of vodka at the business, where the 17-year-old was allegedly one of many women working as a stripper.

The underage girl was charged with lewd acts and adult entertainment crimes, but agents are investigating whether she was forced to work against her will.

“We had to speed up our investigation quite a bit to get the juvenile out, and in fact, we did,” Gibson said.

There was a $10 cover charge for patrons to get in during those times, authorities said. But Price denied that he was collecting a cover fee when he talked to Channel 9.

“I wasn’t taking money for anything, I take donations,” Price said.

Neighboring business owners told Channel 9 they didn’t know about the alleged extracurricular activities at Super Fade, but MBI agents said it was no surprise what was going on.

“Surely he could make $600-$700 a night as the owner running this strip club,” said Gibson.

Investigators said they removed a stripper pole permanently installed in the middle of the shop.

“That would have been a piece of equipment that was there even when they operated during the day while they acted as a barbershop,” Gibson said. “I’ve never gone to a barbershop that had a stripper pole.”

Investigators said a tipster prompted them to take in cameras, where they shot video so graphic WFTV chose not to air it.

Gibson said they expect to make more arrests in the case. Price was booked into the Orange County Jail, but he has since bonded out.


Run over by the beach patrol while sunbathing on the beach? That’s $2.6 million in damage, pain and suffering June 29, 2014

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Interesting,Lawsuit,Morbid,Sad Story,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:49 pm

 A jury awarded woman who was run over by a Beach Patrol truck more than $2 million for the accident that left half of her face paralyzed.

VOL_TRIAL_BEACH_ACCIDENT.trErin Joynt, 36, said she suffered life-long injuries when she was hit while sunbathing in Daytona Beach Shores nearly three years ago.

Late Thursday afternoon, following more than three hours of deliberation, a Volusia County jury recommended awarding Joynt $2.6 million in damages, including $2 million for pain and suffering.

State law says a payout the size of the one recommended in Joynt’s case has to be approved by the Florida Legislature.

Joynt was run over while sunbathing in 2011. Her children and husband were nearby when the accident happened.

“(We’re) very happy for the verdict. We thank the jury for their service,” said John Phillips, who represented Joynt in the suit.

Phillips said there’s still work to do.

A Florida statute protects the state, its agencies andsubdivisions from liability of a claim exceeding $200,000.  The law spells out the next step for a claim or judgment exceeding that amount. That involves reporting the ruling to the Legislature.

That means the decision on payout will be made in Tallahassee.

“I think some of the evidence wasn’t there to support that level of a verdict but how do you decide what to pay someone for pain and suffering?” said Volusia County Attorney Nancy Jones.

In court, Jones pointed out that Joynt had pre-existing medical conditions.

The accident paralyzed the left side of Joynt’s face. She said she also suffers from hearing loss, loss of vision and aches and pains that have changed her lifestyle.

“We are still an active family, but Chris (Joynt’s husband) takes on the majority of the running around,” Joynt said. “It wears me out more now

The law says $200,000 is the maximum amount per claim, and it includes all money paid related to the incident. Joynt’s family members were already paid out by Volusia County earlier this year. That settlement included $134,000 for her husband and $15,000 each for her two children.


Cracker Barrel management brings down the hammer on 73-year-old employee who gave away free muffin to a needy person June 26, 2014

Filed under: Controversy,Dispute,Interesting,Stupid,Unusual,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:22 pm

53ab2a96c01b9.preview-300A 73-year old veteran says he was fired from the Cracker Barrel restaurant in Venice for giving someone who looked in a need a few condiment packets and a corn muffin.

Was it against the restaurant’s rules, or is it the right thing to do? It’s a debate that is already catching fire online.

For the past three plus years, Joe Koblenzer has put on his brown and yellow Cracker Barrel apron and greeted those who come in to the Venice location. “It’s a fun job; a job really suited to me.”

He says that two weeks ago, a man who looked like he might be homeless came through the doors. “He looked a little needy. He asked if I had any mayonnaise and some tarter sauc. He said he was going to cook a fish.”

The man whose job it is to be friendly obliged. “I got it for him. As I walked out I put a corn muffin in.”

That gesture apparently cost Joe his job. “The General Manager called me in and said he had some bad news for me. Joe we are going to have to let you go.”

He admits he’s been written up before; two years ago for getting a fountain drink on the job and a second time for giving a cup of coffee to woman. He claims she actually paid for it.

But rules are rules. “It’s a rule. They legally can do this because I did break the rule. I completely forgot about it. I am a host at Cracker Barrel with a little above minimum wage job.”

Now the Vietnam vet who was trying to supplement his Social Security is the one looking for work.

“Hurt me? Oh yeah it has.”

The debate over the seriousness of the event and the subsequent firing has started a firestorm online. In recent days the story has gotten out on Facebook, on pages like the Venice Scoop and even the restaurant’s own page.

While some are saying it’s the company’s right, the establishments reviews have plummeted with more than 30 negative comments about the firing.

“I feel badly. It shines a bad light on the company. I would not want that on any company, but it happened,” says Joe.

He says he’s sad over the situation and misses the regulars and employees he’s gotten to know; earning the maximum amount of stars on his apron for performance achievement and responsibility. “You know what? At 73, I was really proud of doing this. I was really proud of getting those stars.”

He says yes it was against the rules and yes they have a right to let him go, but morally it still feels like it was the right thing to do. “I don’t think I will be working for a corporation again, so I don’t know if that will ever come up (laughs).”

Joe says he is looking for a new job but not quite sure yet what he will do.

Late Wednesday, a Cracker Barrel spokesperson released the following statement:

“Mr. Koblenzer has worked as a host at Cracker Barrel’s Sarrasota store since April 2011. During the time he was employed, he violated the Company’s policies regarding consuming food without paying or giving away free food, on five separate occasions. Mr. Koblenzer received multiple counselings and written warnings reminding him about the company’s polices and the consequences associated with violating them. On the fifth occasion, again per Company policy, Mr. Koblenzer was terminated.

Cracker Barrel is grateful for and honors Mr. Koblenzer’s service to our country as we honor all service men and women and their families.”


Man Dies in “Horrifying” Wood Chipper Accident June 24, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Death,Sad Story,Scary,Unusual,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 8:54 pm

A man fell into a wood chipper and was killed Monday in Davie in an accident people at the scene called “horrifying.”

hernan+gutierrezA worker landscaping all day near Southwest 57th Street and Pine Island Drive in Davie fell into the teeth of his wood chipper.

On Tuesday, Davie Police identified the man as 42-year-old Hernan Gutierrez of Hallandale Beach (photo below).

Gutierrez’s whole body was pulled in through the wood chipper, and the aftermath took a toll on residents and law enforcement.

“I didn’t know what to do, and then a few minutes later, I hear all these sirens,” resident Joseph Horta told NBC 6′s Jamie Guirola. “It was a little bit horrifying.”

“This isn’t something you see every day,” said Davie Police Captain Dale Engle. “It’s not something you can just go home and forget about.”

The man was dead when rescue workers arrived, and Davie Police had to delicately clean the scene and collect the victim’s remains.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Captain Engle said. “This is a gruesome scene.”

One of the workers with the victim said he knew Gutierrez but declined to talk about the accident.

Police believe the man’s death was the result of a work accident. OSHA was also brought to the scene of the accident and promised more information later.

According to OSHA, from 2000 to 2013, there were 11 wood chipper deaths in the United States, none of them in the state of Florida.

“I think it’s sad, very sad,” said resident Linda Simmons. “Guys were working really hard trying to make a living, and he just made a mistake, I guess.”



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