It's a two way tie!
Yes, readers Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein and Dino aka Katy have tied, with 11 correct answers each. Well done! (Although, Dr. MVM, while I don't think Katy is doping, she might have had an unfair ethnic advantage. I'm just saying. You might want to have your people look into it.)
2nd place, also a tie, goes to Chris and Kirby, with 10 correct answers each. Great job!
3rd place went to MizBubs, with 9 correct answers, called out to me in person as she read the screen and handed me another beer.
I was thinking of a tie-breaking LIGHTNING ELIMINATION ROUND, but MizBubs informed me that the incest story about the brother & sister with 4 kids has been too widely publicized to be useful for such a purpose.
Here are the answers. Each "Germany" or "Florida" is a link to the item's original story, and I'll have a few comments at the end.
A man stabs his friend in the back with a fish. FLORIDA
A bus driver tries to kick a woman off his bus for being too hot. GERMANY
Police don't charge man who upset his neighbors by throwing a computer out the window. GERMANY
A man is arrested for beating his brother with a garden gnome. FLORIDA
Family members are arrested for giving alcohol to a 10 month old baby and videotaping it. FLORIDA
Zookeepers get in trouble for killing animals and selling them as meat. GERMANY
Police, alerted by neighbors complaining of a bad smell and uncollected mail, do a premise check expecting to find a corpse. They find a man with hygiene problems and dirty laundry. GERMANY
A hospital patient bit a nurse in the face and armpit when the nurse refused to give the patient more painkillers. FLORIDA
A naked tattooed woman is spotted gassing up her sports car and buying smokes. GERMANY
A man asks a passing police car for a ride, and gets arrested because he forgot to dump the weed he was carrying at the time. FLORIDA
A 480 pound woman dies after spending 6 years on the couch. FLORIDA
A stripper performs CPR on her customer after he falls out during her performance. FLORIDA
I had to leave some information out of the descriptions in order to not give things away. For instance, if I had specified "catfish" for question # 1, it would have immediately identified it as a Florida story. Some of you had some pretty good reasoning behind your choices, and some of the questions were tricky. Clearly, lots of people associate bad smells and poor hygiene more with Florida than Germany. People tend to associate garden gnomes and cannibalism or biting with Germany, and tattoos with Florida. It's easy to get those confused.
Johnny Yen brought up an interesting point when he picked # 11 as Germany, saying that someone that size would "only have lasted 3 years in Florida." Now, here's where it gets counterintuitive: a logical person would think that the insane heat and humidity of Florida would do in the morbidly obese faster, and that would seem to be reasonable. But if you've spent any time in the deep south, especially in Florida (although I'll put Louisiana up against any state in the union in the Gilbert Grape's mom-sized character department) you know that epic obesity goes with heat and humidity like Yoo Hoo goes with Moon Pies.
Finally, I'm pleased that two contestants went with the "it's all Florida" technique. Not a bad bet. Big Orange went with the straight "all Florida", which brought him 7 correct answers. Grant Miller, clearly taking advantage of his background in journalism, picked "all Florida" with the added caveat of identifying #6 as a German story. Well-played, Mr. Miller!
For those of you who got fewer than 5 correct...make sure you get on my mailing list so you can sign up for the Official S.R.C. Euro-Freak or Gator Trash Home Correspondence Course when it's released.
Thanks for playing the game!
Not today, terrorists. Not today.