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Our dumb state

Yet another installment of our semi-regular compendium of idiocy

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It was bad enough back in 2007, when Florida had to endure the ignominy of yet another one of its residents gaining morning television notoriety via an exaggerated physical anomaly, but Jennifer Mee, now 19, seemed to embrace her sympathy celebrity when she popped up on the Today Show with the darndest case of the hiccups. Later to be known, inevitably, as the “Hiccup Girl,” Mee received sacks and sacks of sad-lady suggestions to remedy her 50-hiccups-a-minute malady and, just a month later, it all ended when her final diaphragmatic flutter – and her 15 minutes – climbed back down her throat. In the ensuing few years, Mee tooled around in a Chris Crocker afterthought haze: She pierced her tongue, ran away from her St. Petersburg home, occasionally worked herself back into a hiccup fit and waited for the cameras to roll again.

But that kind of lightning never strikes twice, not even in Our Dumb State.

No, Mee’s return to the trashtastic spotlight would only come with the October 2010 headline everybody was waiting for: “Hiccup girl charged with murder in Florida.”

Thanks, Mee. Allegedly, Mee had fallen in with a rough crowd of hooligans and when given the chance to be the bait in a St. Pete robbery scheme, she jumped at it. In the end, 22-year-old Shannon Griffin took three shots to his upper body and died for just $60 in loot. At a November bond hearing for her first-degree murder charge, Mee started crying. And then, guess what? Her hiccups returned! This is how lessons are learned in the Sunshine State.

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