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Chuck Bean


If Tiger King has taught us anything it’s that there is a ferocious appetite for news stories about people and animals acting badly and the wild happenstance of life. In that spirit each night during the 10 o’clock hour I enjoy playing a game with you, the listener, called Florida or Australia. The rules are simple: I’ll tell you about a news story on the air and you text or call in and tell me if you think the story happened in Florida or Australia.(because those two places seem to have a high concentration of craziness.) Here are tonight’s stories:

Australian bar forced to ban famed emus for stealing food and drinks

An emu walks into a bar...well, not anymore. An outback Australia watering hole has barred the big birds from the premises following a series of flaps, according to reports. The emus, Australia's largest native bird, were originally raised near Queensland's remote Yaraka Hotel, and have become a local tourist attraction, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Florida Man on cover of 'Abbey Road' with Beatles said they were 'kooks'

It was 48 years ago today, Sept. 26, 1969, that the Beatles released their last masterpiece, Abbey Road. But proving that there's a Florida connection to everything, especially a Florida Man, here is former staff writer Charles Passy's 2004 story on Paul Cole, the man standing on the sidewalk in the background as John, Paul, George and Ringo do their famous street crossing.

Be sure to tune in Monday through Friday nights at 10pm if you want to play along.