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The web app uses parsed headlines from the most highly rated Florida Man subreddit posts of all time.

For almost a decade, “Florida Man” has been a mainstay antihero of internet culture. Headlines like “Florida man too fat for jail” and “Florida man steals dinosaur bones” are easy fodder for meme-ification. In early 2013, “Florida Man” was canonized on Twitter with @_FloridaMan and on Reddit with the r/FloridaMan subreddit. And after seven years of retweeting and upvoting, we can gather the most popular headlines to see what makes a “Florida Man” headline successful.

Below is a quick overview of the numbers behind these headlines and here is a link to a web app where you can explore the articles on your own. …


Kevin McElwee

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