Vernon, Florida —
Joe Littrell forwarded me a St. Petersburg Times article, Dismembered Again
, about the town of Vernon, Florida. It was so weird that I first I thought it was one of those joke articles, the kind that magazines such as the Phoenix New Times
sometimes run. But all the references in it check out, so now I'm pretty sure it's real.
Vernon used to be known as Nub City, because the main source of income for town residents was dismembering themselves in order to file insurance claims. People…