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Wilfredo Lee, File, Associated Press
FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011 file photo, a U.S. Coast Guard boat passes near a grand piano on a sandbar in Biscayne Bay, in Miami. The piano recently showed up on the sandbar, about 200 yards from condominiums on the shore. A 16-year-old boy admitted using his family's boat to move the piano to the sandbar and setting it on fire.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — It was another weird year in Florida. A giant Lego man washed up on a beach, a piano mysteriously appeared on a sandbar and a man walked into a bar, ordered a beer and left to rob a bank. Then, he returned to finish the beer.

Author Tim Dorsey, whose novels include Florida strangeness both real and fantasy, says the state is an odd place because of its diverse, highly transient population. He says there are pockets of strangeness all over the country, but in Florida it's a baseline lifestyle.

Other odd stories include airport security stopping a man with pythons and tortoise hatchlings in his underwear and the 92-year-old woman who fired at a neighbor who refused to kiss her.