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SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 07: Beachgoers gather near dying kelp near Scripps Pier on August 7, 2018 in San Diego, California. A researcher said the area has seen above average amounts of dying patties of kelp recently which is attributed to warmer ocean temperatures. The sea surface temperature at Scripps Pier was measured at an all-time high of 78.8 degrees on August 3, the warmest since record keeping began at the pier 102 years ago. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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 I enjoy playing a game with you, the listener, called Florida or Australia. The rules are simple: I’ll tell you about 2 news stories on the air and you text or call in and tell me which one happened in Florida and which in Australia.(because those two places seem to have a high concentration of craziness.) Here is today’s stories:

Australians Get Lost at Sea While Drinking Beers on Inflatable Mattress

Photo by Getty / Douglas Sacha Two men drinking beers on an inflatable mattress off the coast of Western Australia became stranded at sea on Saturday when the wind picked up and dragged them two-and-a-half miles out into the Indian Ocean.

Florida Woman Faces 'Crippling' Fines, $165,250, For Parking On Her Own Driveway

A Florida woman faces more than $100,000 in fines, for parking violations, on her own driveway. Town officials in Lantana, a small burg on the Atlantic coast just south of West Palm Beach, have slapped Sandy Martinez with $101,750 in fines - $250 a day for 407 days - "for parking cars partially on her own grass."