Key Words: Florida man Dave Barry on what makes his home state so laughable

‘On the one hand, the national consensus is that Florida is a stupid weird insane dysfunctional hellhole that is also a hurricane zone that will soon be largely submerged when global climate change causes the seas to rise to the point where vast herds of lobsters roam what is now Interstate 95; on the other, people keep coming here. And most of them—even the nonstupid ones—decide to stay.’

Dave Barry

That’s the noted humorist Dave Barry, in a book excerpt published in the weekend Wall Street Journal, attempting to explain how Florida is simultaneously a national punchline and an enduring magnet for Americans seeking to relocate from other states.

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