For reasons that escape us, the state of Florida has produced, on a consistent basis, some of the worst headlines in America. It's inexplicable; do crazy people flock there, or is it something about the state that just possesses them?

Not a month went by where we weren't shaking our heads at something that happened in the Sunshine State. In a year where bath salts were alarmingly popular and a "zombie apocalypse" really seemed possible, we figured we'd be left jaded by Florida's propensity for the awful at some point. That moment never arrived.

With the year drawing to a close, we feel obligated to recall the 25 worst things to happen in Florida in 2012. Some are ridiculous, some are national tragedies, but they're all bad.

This is not a celebration.

Written by Julian Kimble (@JRK316).