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‘Florida Man Challenge” Goes Viral, Gains National Coverage

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The cultural phenomenon known as “Florida Man” evolved from decades of Florida crime news stories that were bizarre enough to make national headlines. In response to Florida Man’s growing popularity, a new online trend called “The Florida Man Challenge” is taking social media by storm.

According to various sources including the Tampa Bay Times, the challenge originated on Tumblr, where a user who goes by the name @gandlfsoda challenged other users to Google “Florida man” plus their birthday. Below are some of the most popular responses:



  • Matt O'Hern

    Matt O’Hern’s journalism experience includes 20 years of reporting and consulting for various news outlets in Florida and Alabama. O’Hern earned his journalism degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

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