Florida's Environmental Strategy: Banning The Phrase "Climate Change"

The devastating effects of rising sea levels are well-documented in Florida, but officials in the state's Department of Environmental Protection are ordered against using the terms "climate change," "global warming," or "sustainability" in any official communications or documents. » 3/08/15 1:25pm 3/08/15 1:25pm

Cops Are Using Stingray Surveillance for Minor Crimes Like 911 Hangups

Florida police are using Stingray tracking devices—powerful surveillance tools cloaked in secrecy, capable of hoovering data from the phones of anyone in a wide search area—to catch thousands of suspects, even in low-level crimes like 911 hangups. » 2/25/15 11:30am 2/25/15 11:30am

Magical Thinking: Bitcoin Gathers at Disney

ORLANDO—(BTC @ $355.27) The hotel is a tomb of hopeful thinking. Built in the 1980s, the single tower of the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Hotel at Disney World juts up from the Orlando ground as if tectonic forces pushed skyward a sheet of pure, brown stucco. A soundtrack of Mickey Mouse anthems plays around the clock.… » 12/01/14 2:00pm 12/01/14 2:00pm

Poop, Giant Snails, Men's Legs: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Mapping human poo in San Francisco. Tracking stinky snails in Florida. And coming up with a way to tell men that if they could just learn to close their legs, please, the NYC subway would suck so much less for everyone. Be forewarned, it's kind of a gross edition of What's Ruining Our Cities. » 11/23/14 2:00pm 11/23/14 2:00pm

​Florida Votes 'Yes' On Biggest Land Conservation Bill Ever

Florida men took a break from posing for mugshots Tuesday to overwhelmingly vote in favor of, "the largest land conservation measure ever approved in a single state." Florida Amendment 1 earmarks $1 billion a year to conservation efforts, for the next 20 years. » 11/07/14 1:34pm 11/07/14 1:34pm

The Florida National Forest That Gets Pummeled by 20,000 Bombs a Year

Careful if you go camping in Florida's Ocala National Forest. One minute it's birds chirping in a serene forest and another it might be the scream of a fighter jet followed by the boom of an explosion. Because oddly enough, in the middle of this forest is the Pinecastle Impact Range, the Navy's only live bomb target… » 6/20/14 5:40pm 6/20/14 5:40pm

Bitcoin Has Its Own College Bowl Game Because Life Is a Meaningless Void

College football, you are in for a treat. Thanks to three year sponsorship from payment services provider BitPay, the NCAA is getting a Bitcoin Bowl. That's right, a Bitcoin Bowl. » 6/18/14 9:51am 6/18/14 9:51am

Celebration, Florida: The Utopian Town That America Just Couldn't Trust

It's been exactly two decades since Celebration, Florida, broke ground in 1994, a major anniversary for a community that enjoyed a massive amount of media attention when it emerged. Yet we don't hear much about Disney's foray into real estate lately, apart from the odd fire. » 4/20/14 3:00pm 4/20/14 3:00pm

Dive-Bombing Hawks Force Florida Library-Goers to Cower Under Umbrellas

No less than six patrons of the Port Orange Library in Florida have been attacked by a pair of book-hating hawks over the past week. Now, the library is protecting its brave bibliophiles the only way it knows how—with umbrellas. » 3/31/14 11:20am 3/31/14 11:20am

This Week in Time Capsules: Florida Sends a Taser to 2064

This week we have an incredibly old glass capsule that was smashed open in London, a grunge-era capsule unearthed at a Washington McDonald's, and a huge new capsule in Florida that may shock you. » 3/28/14 4:30pm 3/28/14 4:30pm

This is not what the future of buildings should be

I love architecture from the future, but this new apartment tower by Porsche Design—equipped with car elevators that allow owners to park their Bentleys and Bugattis right next to their living rooms—doesn't come from the future. It's just a gimmicky cylinder. » 12/11/13 8:00pm 12/11/13 8:00pm

Graffiti Removal, Coke, Vaginas: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Graffiti we're going to miss, more cokehead politicians, doomed vagina stadiums, and your weekly Rob Ford report. It's time to check in once again to see What's Ruining Our Cities. » 11/22/13 1:40pm 11/22/13 1:40pm

Flesh-Eating Bacteria Are Lurking In Warm Florida Waters

This is just rough. A man who was setting crab traps in the saltwater Halifax River last week is the latest victim in a string of Florida deaths caused by the flesh-eating Vibrio Vulnificus bacteria. » 10/13/13 3:37pm 10/13/13 3:37pm

Rapper Flo Rida Is Selling a Laser DJ Toy Called Beamz® By Flo

Rapper Flo Rida—who you may know from such places as Samsung TV events, clubs that can't even handle him right now, and NBA Finals games he is kind of not invited to—is selling some weird DJ toy called Beamz® By Flo. From what we can tell from watching this video advertisement three times, it plays from a selection… » 9/10/13 12:40pm 9/10/13 12:40pm

A "Glitch" Made All the Doors in a Max. Security Prison Open at Once

A Florida prison says that a computer "glitch" is to blame after all of the doors in the maximum security wing opened without warning. Wired has news for them, though. Sometimes, these kinds of glitches are caused by sneaky characters called hackers. And this situation looks pretty suspect. » 8/16/13 11:38am 8/16/13 11:38am

Of Course Florida Might Deploy Drones To Combat Mosquitoes

Take any completely outlandish idea and put the word 'Florida' in the same sentence and all of a sudden it makes a lot more sense. The state, known for its roaming gangs of blood-sucking mosquitoes, is hoping to take to the skies to help battle the menace by using camera-equipped drones to spot shallow pools of water… » 8/13/13 12:53pm 8/13/13 12:53pm

The Fountain of Youth Is in Florida and It's Radioactive

The history of the fountain of youth starts somewhere before Ponce de Leon and has ended up somehow to a water fountain in Florida. National Geographic tells a fascinating tale of how though one water fountain in Florida is radioactive, it may actually be extending the life of its drinkers. » 7/25/13 1:00am 7/25/13 1:00am

Watch 450 Pounds of Dynamite Take Down a Power Plant

Out with the old, in with the new. Earlier this week in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the Florida Power & Light Co. demolished one of its power plants with 450 pounds of dynamite to make way for a cleaner and more eco-friendly plant that's slated to open in 2016. The Port Everglades plant had been in operation since the… » 7/17/13 1:12pm 7/17/13 1:12pm

Escaped Florida Llama Brought Down By Taser

Tallahassee police reported using a taser on a six-foot llama, Scooter, after it ran around a local neighborhood for hours yesterday and generally galavanted about. The llama was eventually subdued to avoid an accident and returned, and its owner will not face charges. » 6/02/13 11:22am 6/02/13 11:22am

Giant Damage-Causing Snails Are Aggressively Invading Florida

Yeah, so giant African land snails are infesting southern Florida. They're the kind that can eat through plaster and stucco and they get as big as rats. When the rainy season ends in a few weeks the population will explode. It's a bad situation. » 4/14/13 8:30pm 4/14/13 8:30pm