Weird Florida

Highlights from Weird Florida Event

Feb 13, 2013

(Theme from Twilight Zone echoes in your head while you read this…)

Picture if you will…

A television studio transformed into a circus sideshow.

A woman eats fire and throws knives at a human target.

A skunk ape lurks in the shadows.

Photo: Gary Lester

01/09/13 - Wednesday's  Topical Currents features Florida raconteur Charlie Carlson and his “curious canine,” Lady Isabel, his adopted full-bred boxer.  They’re the focus of a WLRN-TV documentary, “WEIRD FLORIDA:  ON THE ROAD AGAIN.”  They travel over 1500 miles across the Sunshine State in search of unusual people and places . . . and find Florida’s best-kept secrets and oddest legends. 

The official Weird Florida: On the Road Again trailer:

Weird Florida Quiz: Watch, Answer, And Get A Free Book!

Jan 9, 2013
Daniel Rivero


If you live here, you know: Florida is weird. 

It’s so weird, we sort of take it for granted.

Which is part of why WLRN is proud to present Weird Florida: On The Road Again. This latest hour-long documentary is the follow-up to the tremendous success of the first television special Weird Florida: Roads Less Traveled, which has aired on PBS stations from Miami, Fla. to Juneau, Alaska. 

Update 8 a.m. Sunday, December 23: "Weird Florida" On Page One

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel featured WLRN's latest documentary, "Weird Florida," on its Sunday front page story on December 23. Reporter Johnny Diaz interviewed WLRN's own Mia Lorenzo:

WLRN producer Mia Laurenzo says she wanted to take viewers on a TV tour of seldom-seen attractions.

"I like it when viewers say, 'Wow, I really didn't know that' — especially people who live here,'' says Laurenzo, who traveled with Carlson, the dog and a cameraman for several weeks beginning in May.

Give us your HONK if you’re WEIRD photos

Jun 26, 2012

Have you seen our Weird Florida crew on the road? If they gave you one of these stickers we want to see you pictures! And if you don’t have one, send us an email to mia(at)wlrn(dot)org, and we will get one to you in a hurry!

Because us weird people need to give fair warning to those around us. It’s only common courtesy.

All of the Coral stone structures on Boca Chita Key were built by Mark Honeywell, the wealthy industrialist who founded the Honeywell Corporation.

Carl Fisher, a wealthy entrepreneur, was often invited to social gatherings hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Honeywell on the island. Fisher would bring along his famous pet elephant, Rosy, also attended the party on one occasion. Rosy gained national fame for serving as President Herbert Hoover’s golf caddy when he came to Miami.

Weird Florida: Day 9 Wrap-Up

May 30, 2012

Just when our bodies are aching, our patience is low and the weather is hot and steamy, we have our best day yet.  If you’ve never been to Sarasota’s Circus Museum on the Ringling Estate, I have to say GO!  It was AWESOME!! Its an interactive museum and houses the biggest littlest circus built by Howard Tibbals. This model is a replica of Ringling Bros.

Weird Florida: Day 8 Wrap-Up

May 29, 2012

I’ve got to say with the weather the way it was, I was very skeptical about filming anything today.  We caught up with Weird Florida’s favorite Cryptozoologist, Scott Marlowe in Frostproof to talk about a monsterous serpent that killed a man in Lake Clinch back in the 1920′s.  Then we were supposed to head to the Green Swamp just outside of Lakeland to talk about an ax murder, but the gate was locked.  So then things got real interesting when we met with a wonderful Vietnamese man who has built this shrine to his parents and his homeland.  We just happened to stop by when we could see this

Weird Florida: Day 7 Wrap-Up

May 29, 2012

The Weird Florida team rolled into the quaint town of Lake Placid, a city known for its beautiful murals, unique trash receptacles and clown school.  We visited Toby’s Clown Foundation to catch a glimpse of the magic that clowning around can bring to people of all ages.  Then we drove through the city looking at all the majestic art that adorns the buildings in downtown Lake Placid.  It’s definitely a sight to see.

Weird Florida Day 6: JFK Bunker in Palm Beach

May 27, 2012

The Kennedy Bunker on Peanut Island in Palm Beach was really amazing. It was like a this huge tin cylinder 27 feet underground and could house 30 people for 30 days comfortably. Complete with an escape hatch and a helipad it was designed to protect President John F. Kennedy in the event of attack.