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A Visitor's Guide To Kansas

Basketball, Cessna aircraft and Martin-Logan electrostatic loudspeakers have their origins in Kansas. This should suggest something to you about life in Kansas.

Cow tipping is encouraged in Kansas. You should tip a cow 20%, or only 10% if you are lactose intolerant.

The lyrics to the song "Home On The Range," the unofficial official song of the Great State of Kansas, is sarcasm. This also should suggest something to you about life in Kansas.

Tornadoes from foreign countries are illegal in Kansas. The government insists that all tornadoes are to be locally made.

Kansas is often referred to by elitists, intellectuals, television commentators, and politicians as "flyover country." Kansas is grateful for this. Keep 'em flyin'!

Kansas is best known for Dust In The Wind, Dreamweaver and Fire With Fire. Unfortunately, this has nothing to do with the state.

26 Notable Kansans include abolitionist John Brown, children's advocate Arthur Capper, aviation pioneer Clyde Cessna, automotive legend Walter Chrysler, public health reformer Samuel Crumbine, artist John Steuart Curry, former Vice President Charles Curtis who served with Herbert Hoover, former Senator Bob Dole, famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart, former president and military leader Dwight D. Eisenhower; railroad restaurateur Fred Harvey, founder of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Cyrus K. Holliday, former Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum, electronics pioneer and inventor of the microchip Jack Kilby; politician and oil baron Alfred Landon; cattleman Joseph McCoy, psychiatry pioneer and sociopolitical advocate Karl Menninger; sportsman and inventor of basketball James Naismith; temperance movement activist Carry Nation, photographer Gordon Parks, native American leader of the Kiowa and treaty negotiator Satanta; immigration commissioner C.B. Schmidt, minister, peace activist, and education pioneer Charles Sheldon; paleontologist George F. Sternberg, journalist and author William Allen White; and tornado rider Dorothy Gale. If you know most of these names, you're probably not from Kansas.