The night after Easter.

One night several years ago, Joe Baker and his family went for a scenic drive along the ocean near Boca Raton, Florida and admiring the sunset. They were visiting from New Jersey and were repeatedly warned by the locals to leave Florida the morning after Easter. It was already the night after Easter and they were still in Florida, thinking the warnings to be rubbish.

Suddenly, up ahead and standing in the middle of the road was a mysterious, shadowy figure. Joe slowed down and honked his horn for the figure to move out of the way. That proved to be a mistake. The mysterious figure waved his arms and the Bakers’ car suddenly took off in flight, executing nonstop somersaults through the air and not stopping until the car reached the Bakers’ hometown of Trenton, New Jersey where it landed a block away from where they lived. They have not returned to Florida since.

Easter may be a joyous holiday, but by stark contrast the night after Easter is one filled with terror all over Florida. Tourists make every attempt to leave the state before sundown but those who stubbornly stay behind to see for themselves what happens during the darkness of night.

On the night after Easter, dark clouds form and descend to the ground where dark, shadowy figures emerge to embark on a fearful march across Florida as they seek out and evict tourists and snowbirds alike to their homelands. With a simple wave of their arms, these shadowy figures send hundreds and hundreds of cars somersaulting through the dark sky with their occupants trapped helplessly inside during the dizzying ride home. Those trying to hide in boats far offshore also get caught and sent to join the cars with their boats flipping across the sky. Of course, no one has even seen the flying cars and boats with the dark clouds everywhere.

No one can explain these dark figures and why they chase out tourists and winter residents the night after Easter while leaving the rest of the residents alone. Some say they are remnants of an extinct Indian tribe from centuries ago who detested the early settlers who landed on the shores of Florida. Others say they were conjured by a mystic who hates tourists, but we may never know where they came from. What we do know for sure is that if you’re visiting Florida and it’s the day after Easter, you too will be on your way home whether you like it or not.

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