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Resident Evil 4Browsing my way across the web this afternoon I came across a news article about a secret little town near Starke, FL that is primarily a massive correctional facility (i.e. prison).  The article makes the area sound like a little southern Area 51 where the people keep to themselves, convicts mow the lawns of the prison staff, and nobody talks about the place with outsiders.

When we asked [a resident] how long she had lived in the mobile home she declined to answer. When asked why she wouldn't answer she said, "I'd rather not because I don't want to lose my house." When asked why she would lose her house, she said, "For doing something against the rules." We asked if she was doing something against the rules and she said, "By talking to you."

The article makes the place out to be strange enough, but as someone who drove through this town last year during a hurricane evacuation that led me off the main highways and on to the backroads, I can confirm that it's a very private, very quiet, very unsettling community.  The more I thought back on the drive, the more the truth started to sink in.  In a case of art imitating life, the prison town seems to be a real-world version of Resident Evil 4's small simple town where the people keep to themselves and distrust outsiders with a violent and paranoid passion.  Starke has less parasitic monsters, however.  At least, as far as I know.

(via Fark)