And now here are some funny but true events that happened here in Florida during the past year.
By BRENDAN FARRINGTON THE Associated Press
Published: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 10:46 p.m. Last Modified: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 10:46 p.m.
Tampa police arrested a man who let his 12-year-old son drive his SUV so he could drink in the passenger seat.
A Clearwater man was charged with drunk driving after police pulled him over for driving a car with only three tires.
A Marion County deputy pulled over a naked man riding a motorcycle. Turns out the cyclist was drunk.
A Clearwater woman knocked on a stranger's door in the middle of the night asking for cigarettes. She was naked.
A naked 91-year-old Lake Worth man held a 26-year-old burglar at gunpoint until police arrived.
A Fort Pierce man was charged with stealing $22 worth of aluminum cans from a scrap yard and then returning the next day to try to sell them back.
Reptiles in the news included a 5-foot alligator that escaped during a Panama City elementary school's show-and-tell.
Wildlife officers found two alligators being held captive in a Tallahassee apartment. They also found drugs out in plain view after the tenants let them in.
Two men carried a 6-foot shark around Miami and tried selling it to fish markets. After they failed, they left it lying in the middle of a downtown street.
A Tampa police officer used a Taser to subdue a pit bull that chased a chicken into a woman's home.
A Martin County man accused of downloading child pornography blamed the crime on a cat jumping on his computer keyboard.
The Fort Myers Beach town manager was fired after the town council learned he married a porn star.
Tampa police say a man repeatedly called 911 looking for sex because it was the only number he could dial after running out of cell phone minutes.
That was one of many bizarre 911 calls.
A Panama City Beach man called 911 and reported he was robbed of $100 only to admit later that he lied because he was afraid to tell his wife he spent the money.
A Fort Pierce woman called 911 three times after McDonald's employees told her they were out of Chicken McNuggets.
A woman sitting on a toilet in a Tampa restroom dropped her gun, which discharged and shot a woman sitting in another stall.
And not to be forgotten: