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St. Patrick’s Day started in Florida, not Boston, USF professor says


The history was written and accepted.

The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration on U.S. soil happened in Boston in 1737. The first parade? That other epicenter of Irish American immigration, New York City, 1762.


A very Tampa-centric taste test of Arby’s new Miami Cuban


Arby’s, like many fast food places, occasionally rolls out limited-time, special-edition menu items to drum up excitement (see: Arby’s

Interview: Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero have a new movie, and it’s serious this time


Tell people there’s a new movie starring The Room’s Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero.

Assuming they’re fans of "the greatest bad movie ever made," or at least familiar with The Disaster Artist, you’l...

7 Stephen Hawking quotes to make you feel tiny, insignificant and a little freaked out


Genius theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking said some inspirational things in his 76 years, including famously reminding people to “look up at the stars and not down at your feet.” And, no doubt, his entire ...

Man fired from cannon at Raymond James Stadium


There’s nothing unusual about cannon fire at Raymond James Stadium. Shooting a guy out of a cannon? Unusual.

To promote it’s new, pirate-themed, multiplayer video game game Sea of Thieves, Xbox w...

March For Our Lives events planned for Tampa and St. Petersburg


More than 700 "sibling" March For Our Lives protests are planned across the U.S. on March 24, including several in Tampa Bay, the same day half a million people are expected to march on Washington, D.C.

Students fr...

Angry Chair angers some Tampa neighbors with giant beer-seeking crowds for Beer Week


TAMPA — By high noon, the Angry Chair beermageddon was over. It began about eight hours earlier, as fans of the Seminole Heights craft brewery started lining up to purchase newly released bottles of barrel-aged Imp...

Tampa ranked among best US cities for St. Patrick's Day


Is Tampa among the best cities in the U.S. for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day?

According to personal finance site Wallethub, which seems to put out one of these city rankings lists daily (see:

Performance artist’s latest: A traditional Shabbat at a Wawa picnic table in Tampa


You might remember award-winning performance artist Brian Feldman from last year’s Fresh Squeezed exhibit at the Morean Arts Center in which he

‘The Room’ stars Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sesteros to appear at Gasparilla film fest


Get your footballs and plastic spoons ready, Tampa.

Why, Lisa, why?

Because Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero, stars of the cult classic The Room, are coming to town for the Gasparilla Internatio...

That time USF almost built the world’s largest concrete sculpture with Pablo Picasso


For decades, the odd, little sculpture with the sort-of inquisitive looking eyeball carved out over what could be nostrils was just sitting on a shelf at the University of South Florida.

Art historian and archaeolo...

Couple whose dream boat sank gets a bigger, better boat for a buck


It has been three weeks since the Lagniappe sank. 

Szechuan Sauce returns to McDonald's with a podcast about their 'Rick & Morty' fiasco


If you were among the disappointed masses who lined up at McDonald’s restaurants across the nation last year in hopes of snagging some special edition Rick & Morty-themed szechuan sauce packet...

World Liquors sign will live on in St. Petersburg


The World Liquors sign at the corner of 16th Street and Central Avenue in St. Petersburg since 1961 will live on as a beacon of the city’s retro hipness — three blocks to the west.

Mark Ferguson, owner of Ferg’s S...

Marvel's Black Panther says he trained to fight in Tampa


Millions of people watched Chadwick Boseman battle for the Wakandan throne in Marvel’s

It's been a long week, but tonight there’s a French Fry Festival


We’re gonna need more ketchup.

The St. Pete French Fry Festival, the one that was such a golden, crispy, rousing success in 2017 that you could barely move between bites of fried potato-ey goodness, returns t...

I sat through Disney’s Hall of Presidents five times. It says more about us than Trump.



Next time you’re at the Magic Kingdom, walk up Main Street USA and hang a left at Cinderella’s castle.

Enter the faux colonial Liberty Square, with its exact replica Liberty Bell and "liberty...

These animations of a single day of Coast bike rides in Tampa and St. Pete are very cool


When a very cool looking GIF visualizing a single day of Coast bike share bike rides in Tampa started getting attention online this week, we reached out to the creator to ask him how he made it, and if we could share it ...

What if ‘Seinfeld’ was back on TV? 'It's possible,' teases Jerry Seinfeld


What if Seinfeld was back on TV in 2018 with new episodes and not reruns?

What would it be like? Would Jerry get an iPad? Would Elaine use Tinder?

“It’s possible,” responded Jerry Se...

Out of time this Valentine’s Day? Five ways to still have a romantic meal


Valentine’s Day is Wednesday, and that means your odds of scoring a reservation at a popular restaurant are roughly equal to the odds of you opening your own restaurant in time for dinner.

Thinking about showing up...

Couple whose dream boat sank in John’s Pass raises $11,000 to get back on the water


MADEIRA BEACH — The couple who left their jobs and sold it all to buy a boat and sail the Caribbean — only to watch it sink to the bottom of John’s Pass on the second day of the voyage — has now raised more money than th...

Hulk Hogan and sober Ric Flair recount glory days and alcohol-fueled nights at Tampa show


For one night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa the crowds were roaring again for pro wrestling legends Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan.

First over the sound system as a loop of their 1994 Bash at the Be...

'Guardians of the Galaxy' star Dave Bautista trolls City of Tampa on Twitter over a gate


It’s not unusual for people to send off-topic replies to tweets from the official @CityOfTampa account, publicly airing their grievances over garbage pickup or potholes or whatever they think the mayor should be do...

Why won’t Rick Scott ride the giant slide at the Florida State Fair?


UPDATED: It appears that Florida Gov. Rick Scott will end his tenure as governor without ever taking a ride down the giant slide at the Florida State Fair.

Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam t...

Florida man Jerry Springer says Florida’s no weirder than anywhere else


Jerry Springer has been many things in his 73 years.

Born in a London subway station during World War II, not long after his parents escaped Nazi Germany, Springer grew up in the U.S., studying politics before wor...

Bubba the Love Sponge is back on FM radio in Tampa Bay


Radio host Bubba “The Love Sponge” Clem can once again be heard on the FM airwaves in Tampa Bay.

The Bubba the Love Sponge Show will be simulcast on 98.3 FM, which broadcasts across Pinellas County, beg...

RateBeer ranking puts Cigar City and Cycle Brewing among 10 best breweries in the world


Two Tampa Bay breweries — Cycle Brewing in St. Petersburg, and Cigar City in Tampa — have landed on RateBeer’s list of the 10 Best Brewers in the World.


Here’s how to recycle your Gasparilla beads in Tampa


For the first time ever, Tampa will take part in recycling some of the millions of plastic beads tossed to the clamoring crowds during Gasparilla celebrations.

The program was started independent of the city in 201...

The life of Gasparilla’s beads: from China to treasure to trash


Nothing else goes from treasure — bodies jostling, arms toward heaven, screaming-til-you’re-hoarse, give them to me now so I can pile them on my neck, treasure — to garbage, accumulated in the street, puked on,...

'American Pickers' is coming to Florida, and wants to pick through your stuff


Know someone with a cool collection of antiques, collectibles or dust-covered old “junk” they’ve been holding onto for years in the hopes of someday cashing in?

The time may be now.

Record cold and arctic sea smoke: Florida reacts to freezing weather


How cold was it?

In Tampa, thermometers dipped to 29 degrees overnight heading into Thursday morning, tying with the record low temperature for Jan. 18 in 1981.

It hasn’t been this...