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A Florida lawmaker wants to create jobs by legalizing "dwarf tossing" — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

In 1989, Florida outlawed "dwarf tossing" — a public spectacle imported from Australia that briefly thrived in Sunshine State bars. Now, in a novel approach to job creation, state Rep. Ritch Workman (R) wants to bring it back, saying that while he's personally repulsed by the tossing of little people onto mattresses, it shouldn't be illegal. Banning the bar sport is oppressive "Big Brother government," he says. And in today's dire economy, the ban only "prevents some dwarfs from getting jobs they would be happy to get."