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Florida Man now has a walking tour. The Tampa Bay Times reports: Dressed in a tie, a straw fedora and linen pants, Eric Hughes guided a dozen people along the RiverWalk and downtown sidewalks of Tampa. The librarian, 43, tied together Tampa histories with a thread of newsy weirdness known as the Florida Man phenomenon — wacky headlines in which ...

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The New York Daily News reports: A gay penguin couple waddled into trouble when they tried to “kidnap” a baby penguin from its heterosexual parents at Denmark’s Odense Zoo. Zookeeper Sandie Hedgegard Munck told Danish broadcaster DR she knew something was wrong when she saw the only parent couple gone and two homosexual males standing by an unguarded baby. “I ...

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Playbill reports: Tony Goldwyn, following a six-year stint as President Fitzgerald Grant on ABC’s Scandal, will return to Broadway this fall in Network. He’ll appear alongside the previously announced Bryan Cranston and Tatiana Maslany in the Ivo van Hove-directed production, which begins performances November 10 at the Belasco Theatre. Opening night is set for December 6. Goldwyn will play Max ...

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Billboard reports: Andrew Lloyd Webber is fresh off his EGOT status and preparing Tom Hooper’s screen adaptation of Cats, which starts filming in November. While Jennifer Hudson stars as “glamour cat” Grizabella, the flick got some traction for another star cameo. Taylor Swift, who is a major cat lover herself, has a role. Lloyd discussed her part to Vulture, and ...

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The Miami Herald reports: A Florida man was arrested Saturday morning after getting stuck up on a roof of a convenience store in DeLand, north of Orlando. According to a video released by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the owner of the store saw a head pop over the roof of the locked store and heard a man saying, “I’m ...

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Jacksonville’s NBC affiliate reports: A Florida man faces misdemeanor charges after authorities say he stripped off his clothes outside of Chick-Fil-A while inviting passersby to stare at his exposed genitals. A witness told investigators the episode began when she took a call from her boyfriend, who said he was being chased by a man while riding his bike past Winn-Dixie, ...

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The Palm Beach Post reports: Florida ought to charge an entertainment fee to the rest of the world. This month alone, the nude yard-work Florid man had stiff competition from the Florida man who dropped off a live alligator at a Wawa near Bradenton; the 23-year-old Florida man from Citrus County who ended up in jail after tangling in a ...

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Playbill reports: Ivo van Hove’s stage adaptation of the 1950 film All About Eve will begin a 14-week run at London’s Noël Coward Theatre February 2, 2019, prior to an official opening February 12. Emmy Award winner Gillian Anderson (X-Files, The Fall, A Streetcar Named Desire) will star as Margo Channing opposite Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, ...

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Idolater reports: Is it too early to declare Cher the queen of 2018? Because Dancing Queen, her ABBA cover album, gets more iconic by the day. The living legend is set to unveil the LP, which was inspired by her scene-stealing role in this summer’s blockbuster Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, next Friday (September 28). In the meantime, she ...

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There’s a followup to Saturday’s Florida Man story: It has been found. The Winnebago that deputies say Robert Schneider bought on June 26 from the Lazy Days RV store in Seffner with a worthless check of $246,445 has been found, 2½-months later. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says the luxury motor home was found Friday night about a four-hour drive ...

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Fox News reports: Neighbors are complaining about a Florida man who’s apparently getting a little too comfortable in the area. They claim the man, who lives in Stuart, frequently does outdoor chores completely nude. And witnesses of the nudity say they’ve seen enough. “He works on his car, and he does it naked and everyone has called the police, he ...

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The Orlando Sentinel reports: Nobody likes to get their vehicle repossessed, but a Florida man took things a bit too far when he saw his truck being hauled away. Police arrested Yohanys Lopez last week after he jumped in his Ford F-250 after it had been hooked up to a tow truck. The police report said Lopez was behind on ...

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Deadline Hollywood reports: “I was flying a kite and it got caught on a nanny,” says one of the little Banks children, offering as good an explanation as any for the arrival of the ultimate child-minder in this new trailer for Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns. Directed by Rob Marshall and starring Emily Blunt in the title role, the musical, floating ...

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Billboard Magazine reports: Paul McCartney is aiming for his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart in 36 years, as industry forecasters expect his latest effort, Egypt Station, could enter atop next week’s list. If Egypt Station arrives at No. 1, it would mark McCartney’s first debut at No. 1 ever, and his first No. 1 since Tug ...

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The Tampa Bay Times reports: Hillsborough County deputies are searching for a Florida man who is accused of walking into the Lazy Days RV store in Seffner, writing a worthless check for $246,445, then driving away in his newly purchased Winnebago motor home. After Lazy Days tried and failed to cash the worthless check, which was written June 26, deputies ...

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The Asheville Citizen-Times reports: It doesn’t get more Murica than this. Lane Pittman, who you’ve probably seen half-naked, holding a U.S. flag in the wind before, because … the internet, has done it again. The Florida man headed to Myrtle Beach after a GoFundMe campaign to pay for his gas and coffee on the way to the storm. “The Cane ...

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Billboard Magazine reports: RuPaul’s Drag Race has seen its share of big-name guest stars. In its last two seasons alone, Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera stepped in for diva-size premiere episodes. So could Cher be next? It’s not out of the picture: “I think that’s probably going to be a surprise at some point,” the icon said in her new ...

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Billboard Magazine reports: Netflix has acquired Dumplin, a film about a plus-size teenage daughter of a former beauty queen who adores Dolly Parton and her music. Adapted from the book by Julie Murphy, the film features collaborations and original music from Parton. The book references Parton throughout, including the opening lines that state that the best moments in the protagonist’s ...

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The Associated Press reports: A Florida man needed a ride home when he was released from the hospital. So police say he stole an ambulance. But the ambulance had a GPS tracking device, so it was easily found on Sunday. Now 25-year-old Michael Paul is staying at the Broward County Jail, charged with grand theft and driving without a valid ...

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The New York Post reports: Meet Fire Alarm Rat. Surveillance footage captured the moment a pesky rodent pulled the fire alarm at a Washington, DC, condominium building, triggering an evacuation. The video, published by NBC Washington, shows the large rat climbing up a bar and then leaping onto the fire alarm on the wall and using its weight to pull ...

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