The Impossible Question

Austinites weigh in as Texas and Florida battle over which state is crazier

Austinites weigh in as Texas and Florida battle over which is crazier

If you watch the news cycle closely, you will undoubtledy begin to notice that the truly insane stories, the ones that involve flesh-eating men on bath salts, abusive polygamist cults and potato salad-induced assaults, all happen in Florida. And if they don't happen in Florida, then there is a very good chance they happen in Texas. 

This week, the question of which state is crazier echoed throughout the hallowed halls of the United States Capitol, where two lawmakers, one from Florida, the other from Texas, got into a verbal altercation about the issue. 

The two congressmen, Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) and Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), were taking part in a subcomittee on repealing the Affordable Care Act when they got into a verbal sparring match. (To be fair, Florida threw the first punch.)

"I don't know about in [Texas], which I think is a crazy state to begin with, and I mean that just as I said it," said Hastings, who then said he wouldn't live in Texas "for all the tea in China."

Outraged, Burgess countered, "There is no reason at all to impugn the people, the Governor of [a] state [in] this country and I will await the gentleman's apology," said Burgess. 

"You will wait until hell freezes over," said Hastings. Burn!

While it's impossible to know which state is "crazier" (it's Florida), that hasn't stopped local CBS affiliate KEYE-TV from riling everyone up on Facebook. Asking which state is crazier as its "Friday Fun" post, the station's super "fun" question elicited some not so fun responses. "Florida is the crazier one. They are the dung of America!!" writes one fun-loving commenter.

"Florida already caught up to the rest of the country and is recognizing the freedom to marry. Is Texas? No they're still backward and threatening to throw a cow if they have to by withholding the salaries of county clerks who do," counters another. The thread then somehow devolves into a racist dialogue proving once and for all that comment sections are the worst.

As for this age old question, much like the licks needed to get the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop, the world may never know. 

Texas State Capitol in Austin at dusk
Is Texas crazier than Florida? Photo by Stuart Seeger/Wikipedia