And Here’s Your Change, Two Lizards and a Water Snake

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Important: The management of this blog would like to make clear that it does not condone the throwing of live alligators into restaurants. However, it does condone equipping them with bottle rockets and launching them into liquor stores, because that’s so much more Florida.

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59 thoughts on “And Here’s Your Change, Two Lizards and a Water Snake

  1. Smartypants February 16, 2016 / 3:26 pm

    Great, now I’m picturing a baby alligator with a bandolier full of cheap illegal fireworks… 😀

  2. ^oo^ February 16, 2016 / 4:03 pm

    Isn’t that kind of activity followed by last words, “Hey dudes, watch this”?

      • Smartypants February 16, 2016 / 5:00 pm

        …along with “She’ll never find out” and “I know a guy…”!

        • amyliz February 16, 2016 / 7:42 pm

          “Yes, I know what I’m doing!”

          • 6rabbits February 16, 2016 / 9:18 pm

            And…”You only live once!”

            • Kar February 16, 2016 / 11:44 pm

              “We can fix that, don’t worry about your deposit.”

  3. Amy February 16, 2016 / 4:07 pm

    From the new movie “Dude, where’s my gator?”

  4. Kay Fabe February 16, 2016 / 4:45 pm

    With all due respect to its many fine citizens…

    Florida. WTF.

    “WTF” should be the new state motto. “WTF…Welcome To Florida!”

      • Kay Fabe February 16, 2016 / 9:17 pm

        Hahaha I’ll send an email to the Florida Tourism Board forthwith!

    • Kar February 16, 2016 / 10:34 pm

      I lived in Florida, an alligator ate the neighbor’s dog and the neighborhood peacock fell in love with a Blue Buick.

      Welcome to Florida fits.

      • Mr. Max February 17, 2016 / 12:43 am

        Our local peacock is quite the Casanova. He has fallen in love with a mailbox, a fire hydrant, a Toyota, and a chicken. And that’s just in the past week.

    • beemoused February 17, 2016 / 6:12 am

      I have lived in Florida for 40 years and I say that every time I read the local news, only I’m using the phrase in it’s more traditional context!

  5. Faye February 16, 2016 / 4:58 pm

    What happens in Florida doesn’t stay in Florida.

    • beemoused February 17, 2016 / 6:18 am

      No, we are equal-opportunity exporters–we want everyone to share our crazy!

  6. Flowerfanatic February 16, 2016 / 5:36 pm

    Don’t EVER be surprised by what you see (or hear for that matter) coming from Florida. We’re always amazed by our news down here. Several times a week we see news of people driving/crashing into houses, businesses, etc. and I don’t mean driving INTO the garage. Last week a house was driven into for the second time since December!! I think I’d move REAL quick!! Third time’s is NOT a charm!! But the little alligator thrown into the drive-thru window was a first, I think. Alcohol has a way of making people do things that can only be imagined!!

    • allein February 16, 2016 / 7:30 pm

      My local radio station’s morning show does a segment called The No-Sweat News; they do three crazy news stories Monday-Thursday and then there’s a quiz on Friday (they give four stories and you have to identify the one they made up). Whenever they identify a story as coming from Florida, the word Florida is always followed by “Capital of the No-Sweat News.” (I think they get a lot of them from, which has various category tags; Florida, of course, has its own tag.)

      • 6rabbits February 16, 2016 / 9:21 pm

        That sounds like fun!

        • allein February 16, 2016 / 9:34 pm

          Usually the made-up story is a variation on one of the real stories, so it’s tricky. The usual joke is that they make it up around 4:20 on Thursday afternoon. (, in case anyone doesn’t get that.)

          • Kar February 16, 2016 / 11:48 pm

            Don’t forget, we throw dangerous native and dangerous non-native fauna together.

            We literally have anaconda-alligator fights in the Everglades. Crocodile on Caiman action in the drainage ditch.

            We’re a freakin’ Darwin award in progress.

            • Faye February 17, 2016 / 12:17 am

              It must be the primordial heat and humidity. The only animal war I ever witnessed on Long Island was between a Opossum and a Raccoon over a Banana I threw out the window and over a fence when I lived in a second story apartment near a salt marsh.

          • Faye February 17, 2016 / 12:30 am

            From above link: In Colorado, the Colorado Department of Transportation replaced the Mile Marker 420 sign on I-70 east of Denver with one reading 419.99

            • Faye February 17, 2016 / 12:43 am

              Dewey Decimal System 419 covers sign languages — hmmm.

  7. Luv Bunny February 16, 2016 / 6:08 pm

    Is it just me, because a few times, when I log onto this website, my Tablet doesn’t show a picture. I see one or two comments, and wonder, “what the hey?” When I go into the comments section, most of the time I then will see the picture.

    • Not That Mike The Other Mike February 16, 2016 / 6:12 pm

      Do you mean the main picture for the post? What tablet are you using? (I don’t know if I can solve this, but it will be useful to know)

  8. Luv Bunny February 16, 2016 / 6:44 pm

    I don’t always get the main picture- odd. I use an Ipad. I don’t know what this post is about or the one that involved Nintendo and Mario.

    • Not That Mike The Other Mike February 16, 2016 / 7:26 pm

      Thank you for letting me know about this. I will see what those two posts have in common and avoid situations like that.

  9. Smartypants February 16, 2016 / 7:29 pm

    I don’t get Facebook videos, but that’s a function of my computer/browser, not this site. My system has decided to ‘protect’ me from Facebook and Wikipedia with the message ‘can’t establish a secure connection’ – I’m on a Mac Mini desktop and my browser is Safari, if that helps.

    • 6rabbits February 16, 2016 / 9:33 pm

      It was a 3 1/2 ft. Alligator!! I get that in Florida this is considered “small” [eye roll] but, still…! I can’t believe guy wasn’t charged with animal cruelty!

      • Mal February 17, 2016 / 7:11 pm

        I imagine he was charged with pretty much everything else, though.

    • debg February 16, 2016 / 10:33 pm

      That was totally brilliant, Mal!

      • Faye February 17, 2016 / 12:35 am


  10. murkle46 February 17, 2016 / 12:27 am

    The “Florida Man” meme is one of the greats.Should be a Marvel superhero.

  11. Mr. Max February 17, 2016 / 12:34 am

    I don’t recall if it was in Florida or not, but I know there was a case in which some poor guy was held up in a phone booth (yes, an old story) by a guy wielding a snapping turtle as a weapon.

    That’s got “Florida” written all over it.

  12. Mr. Max February 17, 2016 / 12:41 am

    OK, not Florida, but we did have an amusing and adorable quartet of critters who hung around my neighborhood for a while. There was a peacock, a rabbit, a chukar (partridge-like bird) and a chicken who used to patrol the streets together, making sure that any debris in the gutters was free of edible insects or seeds. A then-84 year old friend told me about them, and I thought she was getting a little dotty. When I saw them for myself I was both amused by the beasties and embarrassed that I had thought my friend was beginning to lose her marbles.

    • Faye February 17, 2016 / 12:49 am

      Mr. Max your story made my day on so many levels.

      • Mr. Max February 17, 2016 / 3:35 am

        Glad to be of service! 🙂

    • 6rabbits February 17, 2016 / 7:39 am

      I would pay good money to see that!!😂

  13. ^oo^ February 17, 2016 / 2:23 am

    A peacock, a rabbit, a chukar and a chicken walk into a bar… (at least it’s not the backdoor entrance to a restaurant.)

    My favorite joke is: An Irishman walks out of a pub.

    I am allowed to write this. I am married to an Irishman.

    • Mr. Max February 17, 2016 / 3:36 am

      ACK! Hilarious! Mom (mostly Irish) will love that joke!

  14. murkle46 February 17, 2016 / 2:38 am

    The thing that I find funny about Florida,is how when it gets cold they have to go out and rake the iguanas off their lawns.

    • Mr. Max February 17, 2016 / 3:38 am

      What an image! I believe it, though, given how cold and stiff they can get in chilly temps!

      I had to bushwhack through my yard the other day to find my sulcata tortoise. It had gotten cold enough overnight that she was too sluggish to move out of her shady spot into the sun. Fortunately, about 3 minutes of sunbathing perked her right up!

    • beemoused February 17, 2016 / 6:18 am

      Actually, those of us who are animal lovers just go out the evening before and tuck them all into their little snuggie suits with Velcro on the tummies so that they stick to the branches better.

      • 6rabbits February 17, 2016 / 7:43 am

        I cannot tell if you and Mr. Max are joking or for reals?!

        • beemoused February 17, 2016 / 8:57 am

          It’s Florida! Reality is a **very** flexible concept here. Plus, we are very weird. All that heat and humidity tends to cook our brains.

          • 6rabbits February 17, 2016 / 8:49 pm

            I’ve only been to Florida once (10 y.o. for Disney of course) but the horrible humidity convinced me I could NEVER live there!

        • Mr. Max February 17, 2016 / 5:23 pm

          I can’t speak for Beemoused and the adorable (and ingenious) Iguana-in-a-Sweater, but I assure you I kid you not about my tortoise. It doesn’t happen often, but if the temperature drops quickly they get “stuck” in one spot until the air warms up. I can’t imagine trying to get a sweater on a tortoise, though!

          • Night Owl February 17, 2016 / 5:35 pm

            I just googled turtle clothing…

            • Faye February 17, 2016 / 6:13 pm

              Somebody put up a pic of that giant tortoise that the Japanese man dresses and walks with. Sniff, I don’t have the tech smarts.

      • Faye February 17, 2016 / 7:52 am

        Oh wow that is so cute!! Iguana in sweater!!

        • Faye February 17, 2016 / 7:25 pm

          Wasabi!! That’s it. Thank you Allein. I hope Mr. Max sees Wasabi.

    • Faye February 17, 2016 / 7:51 am

      Better than shoveling snow!!

    • Gigi_the cat lady February 17, 2016 / 9:08 am

      I’d take raking iguanas off my lawn over shoveling snow or freezing rain like we had yesterday!

    • Kar February 17, 2016 / 2:09 pm

      I remember how they’d fall off the tree branches but don’t remember any on our lawn.

      Now we did have lots of folks come out of the groves when it got cold. Also a lot of folks who didn’t have real heating systems. Thankfully we had warming stations at the schools.

  15. Gigi_the cat lady February 17, 2016 / 9:10 am

    I find it hillarious that you are now getting spam with French names!

    • Raymond February 17, 2016 / 6:19 pm

      Yeah, I kept waiting for someone to do something with Longfields Bag #9, but not Cher.

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