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Florida is a US state located in the southeastern part of the country. Florida borders the Gulf of Mexico to the west and the states of Alabama and Georgia to the north, as well as the Atlantic Ocean to the east. It is the fourth most populous state in the US, with over 20 million inhabitants. However, it is only the 22nd largest state, with a total area of 170,305 square kilometers. The state capital is Tallahassee, its largest city is Jacksonville, and the South Florida metropolitan area is the largest in the southeastern US. Do you have any connections to this state? Or perhaps you have family vacation plans? Then you should read these ten facts about the state in question!

Millionaire transformed a neighborhood in Florida…

Millionaire Harris Rosen adopted a neighborhood in Florida called Tangelo Park. Afterward, the crime rate was cut in half, and the high school graduation rate increased from 25% to 100% by providing free daycare for all and scholarships for all high school graduates. [source]

Inspired by a terrorist attack – flew into a skyscraper…

In 2002, a 15-year-old boy stole an airplane after being inspired by the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The boy flew the plane into a skyscraper in Tampa, Florida. It damaged an office room, and the boy was the only person who died. [source]

In 2002, a 15-year-old boy stole an airplane after being inspired by the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The boy flew the plane into a skyscraper in Tampa, Florida. It damaged an office room, and the boy was the only person who died.

Burned down the world’s fifth oldest tree…

In 2012, a methamphetamine user crawled into a 3,500-year-old Florida tree, the world’s fifth oldest tree, and accidentally set it on fire. [source]

The bat tower that became a spectacular failure…

In 1929, a “bat tower” (Sugarloaf Key Bat Tower) was built in the Florida Keys to control mosquitoes. The tower was filled with bats, but they quickly flew away and never returned. The tower no longer exists today as it recently collapsed. You can see a picture of the tower below. [source]

In 1929, a "bat tower" (Sugarloaf Key Bat Tower) was built in the Florida Keys to control mosquitoes. The tower was filled with bats, but they quickly flew away and never returned. The tower no longer exists today as it recently collapsed.

Massive smuggling operation exposed by mistake…

Florida has long been known as the state in the US where smuggled drugs typically first arrive before being distributed further in the country. However, a massive smuggling operation at Miami’s airport was exposed when an American Airlines pilot was accidentally served a mixture of coffee and heroin from a smuggled package and complained that his coffee tasted strange. [source]

Americans attempt to influence Cuba through TV and radio…

The US spends $34 million annually of taxpayers’ money to broadcast TV and radio to Cuba from Miami. These broadcasts reach less than 1% of Cuba’s 11 million inhabitants. The signals are regularly blocked by the Cuban government. [source]

Disney World is its own city in the state…

Disney World in Orlando is its own city. It was built between two counties. Disney requested that the Florida State Legislature allow the company to govern its own land, effectively making Disney World a separate city. [source]

Disney World in Orlando is its own city. It was built between two counties. Disney requested that the Florida State Legislature allow the company to govern its own land, effectively making Disney World a separate city.

Used to be a hub for the film industry…

Jacksonville was once known as the “winter film capital of the world“, but conservative residents rejected the film industry, and it ended up in Southern California instead. [source]

Youngest person in the US sentenced to life in prison…

The youngest citizen in the US ever to be sentenced to life in prison was Lionel Tate (pictured left below) from Florida, who accidentally killed his neighbor during a wrestling game. At the time of the accident, he was only 12 years old. The sentence was later reduced to one year of house arrest and ten years of probation. [source]

The youngest citizen in the US ever to be sentenced to life in prison was Lionel Tate from Florida, who accidentally killed his neighbor during a wrestling game. At the time of the accident, he was only 12 years old. The sentence was later reduced to one year of house arrest and ten years of probation.

Florida city declared war on the rest of the country…

In 1982, the mayor of Key West declared war on the rest of the US. He surrendered after one minute and applied for one billion dollars in foreign aid. However, the mayor never received any money, but it was certainly a good attempt, right? [source]


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