I think it’s safe to say that Kansas is a fairly quiet and secure state. Pair that with unsurpassed beauty and you have an essentially perfect place to live! Well, almost perfect… Unfortunately, there are still some undesirable aspects to the state, including these 12 terrifying things that can (and just might) kill you:
L. Frank Baum didn't just dream up Kansas tornadoes when he wrote "The Wizard of Oz." In fact, according to the
National Weather Service
, Kansas saw a total of 48 tornadoes in 2014 alone.
2. Severe weather in general
Unfortunately, the bad weather doesn't just end at tornadoes, as the NWS also reported 534 instances of hail and 649 wind reports in 2014. Driving in these conditions can lead to...
3. Car accidents
You know how it feels to get into your car in the middle of the summer? I'm pretty sure that's what hell feels like...
Did you know that Kansas is home to several poisonous spiders, including the Black Widow, Hobo, and Brown Recluse (pictured)? Keep your eyes peeled for these small, fast-moving arachnids!
Spiders aren't the only venomous creatures in our neck of the woods. Snakes such as the Copperhead (pictured) also inhabit the state.
Last creepy crawly, I promise--but worth noting because of the numerous diseases they carry.
Okay, so there have been no reports of anyone dying on the 168 foot tall water slide, but I still don't trust it...
9. The Chiefs
Sure they play in Missouri, but they're OUR team... and they can break our hearts like nobody else.
10. Our college team
Our favorite college team has shattered our soul once or twice. (Or three times, depending on the team!)
11. Kissing bug
No, I'm not referring to some cutesy, puppy love... I am talking about the deadly Triatominae bug, which has recently made its way into Kansas and other southern states. To find out more information about keeping this bug away from your home and loved ones, visit the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
12. Hamburger Man
Rumor has it that a half-man, half-monster terrorizes the city of Hutchinson by kidnapping, butchering, and grinding up his victims into hamburger meat. So, if you live in Hutch, you may want to keep an eye out for that weirdo.
What other things in Kansas can kill you? Tell us your take in the comments.