The Bizarre World of Florida

Shark jumps over shocked Florida surfer August 31, 2011

Filed under: Bizzarre,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:13 pm

A shark jumped out of the water and right over a surfer off Panama City, Florida. And, it was caught on video! Watch the video here WTSP, Tampa/St. Pete


Man hid 7 snakes, 3 tortoises in his pants

Filed under: Animal Abuse,Bizzarre,Dangerous Nut,Really Dumb — floridaduh @ 3:10 pm

It was almost a case of snakes on a plane. Instead it turned out to be snakes in some guy’s pants. Seven of them, in fact, all exotic. Oh, and three tortoises.

The Transportation SecurityAdministration says a man tried to board a TAM Airlines flight to Brazil with nylon bags filled with seven exotic snakes and three tortoises.

TSA spokesman Jonathon Allen says the man was stopped after passing through a body scanner at Miami International Airport last Thursday. Security officials spotted the nylon bags filled with snakes and tortoises stuffed inside the man’s pants.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports the critters were taken by the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife. The unidentified passenger was arrested.


Cops: Video shows dad organized fight, beat teen

Father knows best?

Palm Bay police Gary Johnson, 35 years-old and 6-ft.-5-in. 220-pounds strong, organized a fight involving his own son and a 16-year-old, then jumped in for his son, reports WESH News-2 in Orlando.

mug_Johnson.jpgA witness caught the fight on video.

Johnson, a emergency room technician, threw the first punch and didn’t let up.

Check out the video.

And he’s not the only parent that inspires their children to fight for their beliefs  — or to just fight.

Get the DUHtails at WESH News-2 in Orlando.

Photo: Brevard County jail


Sole-searching thief walks off with shoes

Filed under: Florida Nut,Really Dumb,Robbers — floridaduh @ 2:03 pm

A Martin County Sheriff’s deputy met with a loss prevention officer from a Jensen Beach Macy’s, who reported that a woman trying on shoes had placed her old shoes in her purse, then dropped one pair of new shoes in a Macy’s bag and wore a second pair out, without footing the bill, reports Will Greenlee in his Off the Beach blog for TCPalm.com.

mug_Voulis.jpgThis sole sister, later identified as as Nicole Voulis, 26, lists her occupation on the affidavit as “Aldo, store manager.”

Aldo is a shoe retailer.

Looks as though Also may be looking for someone to fill her shoes.

Get the DUHtails at Will’s Greenlee’s Off the Beat blog for TCPalm.com.

Photo: Martin County Sheriff’s Office


Man busted in park found with pants off, lacy white women’s underwear pulled down

Filed under: Bizzarre,Florida Nut,Groping,Nudity,Really Dumb,Sexual Exposure — floridaduh @ 2:02 pm

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office undercover detectives busted two men at Venice’s Caspersen Beach park, reports WWSB ABC News-7 in Sarasota.

mug_Howes.jpgRoger Howes, 78, of Nokomis, was arrested after he kept grabbing and touching himself  through his shorts, telling an undercover detective he wanted to head back to his place with him — due to a police presence in the park.

Thomas Mahr, 51, of North Port, was also arrested after leading an undercover detective down a trail. After the detective momentarily left the area, he then returned and found Mahr with his pants off and lacy white women’s underwear pulled down and touching himself.


It looks like their next “date” will be in court.

Get the DUHtails at WWSB ABC News-7 in Sarasota.

Photo: Roger Howes (l); Thomas Mahr / Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office


Boat thief suspect to deputies: I’m Sam Elliott and just won a $27-million lotto

Filed under: Bizzarre,Dangerous Nut,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,Robbers,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:00 pm

Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a truck towing a boat that had just hit a gas pump at the Circle K at the 99 mile marker in the Florida Keys then headed down the highway,  according to a Monroe County Sheriff’s press release.

mug_Bershatsky.jpgAccording to the release:

The truck was easy to spot: It was traveling at high rate of speed while emitting smoke and had one wheel riding on its rim due to a flat tire. The boat in tow, a 2000 Proline, looked suspicious because it had a banner tied to the front and a for sale sign on it.

When pulled over, the truck’s driver,  62-year-old Ira Bershatsky, of Boca Raton,  allegedly told deputies he had just bought the boat in Key West.

While the deputies were checking out his story, a man in a black vehicle pulled up, got out and told deputies “that’s my boat”.

Bershatsky, now placed under arrest for stealing the boat in Key Largo, told the deputies he was actor Sam Elliott and was filming a movie the next morning in California with “De Niro”. He also claimed to be the stunt double for the film “Rocky, according to the press release.

And that’s not all he boasted: Bershatsky also allegedly stated he had won $27 million in the lottery several days ago.

Bershatsky was charged with grand theft and also received citations for leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, careless driving, driving with steel rims on a hard surface, having no tie downs or chains on the boat he was towing and driving on the wrong side of a divided highway, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

His truck, a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado, was seized for being used in the commission of a felony.

Bershatsky was taken to jail.

Looks like he won’t make it to his shoot with De Niro.

Too bad they couldn’t ticket him for a bad Sam Elliott impersonation.

Photo: Monroe County Sheriff’s Office


Defendants say the darndest things August 30, 2011

Filed under: Dangerous Nut,Rape,Really Dumb,Sexual Assault,Sexual Exposure — floridaduh @ 1:25 pm

You just never know what you’re going to hear in court.

Nabor Mendoza, 44, was sentenced to life in prison for a 2005 rape. His defense? That his penis was too small to cause his victim’s injuries, jacksonville.com reports. The judge didn’t miss a beat when he sentenced him to life in prison, small penis and all.



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