By all accounts, it was a classic story “Florida Man”. On July 26, 2018 25-year-old man fired two shots at his home department, which he first described as armed and masked intruder. When the police no evidence of a break-in and found his story revealed, the man, a self-proclaimed paranormal investigator, finally, allowed the intruder could have been a ghost. E ‘was arrested the following month, among other things, to give a false statement to the police. The title “The man accused of firearm beautiful, Ghost ‘,” was almost certainly absurd enough to Pantheon to connect the uniquely bizarre transgressions of Florida by a popular Twitter account that popular titles like “tweet Florida man steals $33,000 Worth rare coins cashing them in Coinstar machine for $29.30. “there was only one problem. This happened in Connecticut. Last month I introduced readers time with 20 such strange titles with the status of the alleged offender changes, including Connecticut Ghostbusters 10 of whom were from Florida. Readers are challenged to identify, those who were in Florida or non-Florida. This was an informal experiment to examine, without the help paranormal the burning issue, decompress the number of heavy columns looked: What is it about the psychology of Floridians that produced by a viral parthenogenesis, which was originally the “Florida Man “dependent asked how the” world’s worst superhero? ” Based on data from about 2,700 participants that there must anonymous access their hypotheses, I contend that the answer is “not much”, medium user identified in good faith Florida men and women shade better than a coin with an average score of 11.9 on 20 mirrors, to a greater success of curvature of Florida identify. This is not surprising since, although the participants were informed in advance that only half were the titles of the Sunshine State, Florida suspected typically about 11 times. As for the man of Connecticut, 59% suspected (wrongly) that it was a story of Florida. On the face of it, that Florida does not suggest, as many have said, it has a unique brand of strangeness than the rest of the country. But things a bit ‘more interesting. Users were also asked their country of origin and their current state of residence voluntarily. After the execution took a standard test of statistical significance against any permutation of a person’s origin and current position, I know that the strongest predictor was performed for these people, if they were from Florida, regardless of whether they still live here . Native stories Florida Florida 7.1 times correctly identified, on average, compared with 6.5 for those from elsewhere. They did better with the non-Florida stories. (They were slightly more likely to guess in Florida in the first place, but to the extent that they would not otherwise explain their better performance in sniffing out stories of Florida and same performance.) Although it is not a huge difference, statistical significance is extremely high. There are a variety of possible explanations. One could postulate that those from Florida a couple of “Florida Man” or “Woman Florida” stories could remember, but if so, there would currently expect a much stronger correlation with Florida, because they use most of the titles we recently. More likely, I think, is that something else is around hijinks Florida born and can detect high of Florida. Just not much different. If this compilation experiment, I was talking to Robin R. Vallacher, a long time Florida resident and social psychologist at Florida Atlantic University. He offered several interesting theories on why you tend to pick on Florida – except, because the state seems to export the largest volume unlucky criminals titles. When I called Vallacher this week to share our findings, he was a return of the more interesting ways that the chaotic recount in the 2000 election, Florida has put on the map, so to speak, the time exactly when the dissemination of the information in quickly accelerate. This is known in a variety of areas such as “frozen accident” – a case, a complicated event that leads to a lasting change in an ecosystem. Had the election hinged on 537 votes in Ohio, it is quite plausible that we instead Ohio you could talk. Since the Florida’s Twitter account now has debuted retired in 2013, and soon blossomed into a digital pandemic Schadenfreude, unpacking was dedicated to its origin thousands of words. Washington Post Magazine last weekend led with a long meditation on the question: “Is it okay to laugh Florida man” In the story, noted the author’s Twitter account, seen on the plate for the first time, a little ‘uncomfortable, that the alleged occasional small-time celebrity offenders, in prison or out. It ‘a difficult question, but it is perhaps more demanding, “because you ride primarily in Florida” The clearest explanation I have found is that by a combination of frozen accidents, many snakes and alligators, and the state the plant-like geography, seem sufficiently strange and remote to non-Florida. Finally, it is much easier to laugh about someone from another tribe – Psychologists often refer to this as “counter-group out-group” behavior. While traditionally have formed into groups for physical proximity, Vallacher noted that social media blurs these boundaries and allows us to those that form from anywhere like us groups. In turn, this makes it easier for people across the country band of Florida, however, say, Connecticut. “They’re all staring at the same zoo,” says Vallacher. All to say, there are Florida Florida men and women around the world. The vast majority of deserving candidates who come from other 49 states, only a branding problem.