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ONLY IN FLORIDA: A Festivus For The Rest Of Us At The State Capitol

We're airing our grievances in this week's edition of ONLY IN FLORIDA.ONLY IN FLORIDA is our weekly roundup of the strange, bizarre and just plain ridiculous headlines from right here in the Sunshine State.

ONLY IN FLORIDA do people seek closure to the end of their relationships by setting fire to their ex-partner’s homes.

26-year-old Kaelyn Partenza faces arson charges after allegedly setting fire to her ex-boyfriend’s door.

Police say she set the conflagration after confronting her ex at the Deerfield Beach apartment they used to share. (CBS Tampa Bay)

ONLY IN FLORIDA do bank robbers try to conceal their identities by faking a cold.

Orange County deputies say a man walked into a Fifth Third Bank Wednesday with a tissue around his nose and mouth acting like he was coughing and sneezing.

The man then walked up to the counter and handed the teller an envelope with writing on it saying he had a weapon.

The teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash and the man "casually" walked out of the bank, according to the report.

Video surveillance did give police a pretty good look at the guy despite his faux sniffles. (Click Orlando)

ONLY IN FLORIDA do atheists make a statement by erecting a Festivus pole at the state capitol.

Yes, on Wednesday, Chaz Stevens put up the six foot pole made of empty Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer cans.

It's a nod to the unadorned aluminum pole that is part of the secular Festivus holiday invented by Frank Constaza, George Costanza's dad, on Seinfeld.

The celebration involves feats of strength and an "airing of grievances" during the family meal, in which each person describes disappointments experienced over the course of the year.

Stevens says when he heard about the nativity scene on the first floor rotunda of the Florida State Capitol, it was just too much. So he applied to the state to install his own display and got permission.

The state also has a pending application from a group called the Satanic Temple. (NPR)

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Melissa Ross joined WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her career as a television and radio news anchor and reporter, Melissa has won four regional Emmys for news and feature reporting.
Patrick Donges served as WJCT's Digital Content Editor from August 2013 - August 2014.