Thanksgiving is next week and people everywhere are giving thanks for all the good in their lives. That being said, I would like to give thanks for one of my absolute favorite places: Kansas. Here are just 13 reasons why everyone should be thankful for the Sunflower State:
1. Kansas farmers produce the food we eat.
Have you ever tried that awesome thing called food? Me too! Thank a Kansas farmer for it!
2. Kansas gave the world helium...
The substance was discovered after an oil drilling operation in Dexter in 1903.
3. ...pizza delivered to your door...
Ah yes, the food of my college years was founded in Wichita. (Oh, and the crust? Most likely made with Kansas wheat.)
4. ...and those bittersweet brain freezes.
The ICEE was invented by a Coffeyville Dairy Queen owner in 1958.
5. The Sunflower State has gifted the world with beloved literature...
Langston Hughes was raised by his maternal grandmother in Lawrence.
6. ...soulful jazz...
Count Basie (pictured), Charlie Parker, and countless others put Kansas City on the map with their unique, toe-tapping sounds.
7. ...memorable country ballads...
The talented Martina McBride was born in Sharon.
8. ..."Final Justice"...
Erin Brockovich, the whistle blowing, environmental activist hails from Lawrence.
9. ...and laughter.
Paul Rudd, the king of rom com and bromance flicks, grew up in Overland Park and LOVES his KC Royals. Speaking of which...
10. We taught the world that loyalty pays off.
We've had our shares of ups and downs, but by golly it paid off--we took the Crown!
11. Kansas keeps the North American ecosystem in tact.
Each spring, nearly 25% of migrating North American birds stop at the Cheyenne Bottoms State Wildlife Area in Barton County.
12. We help break up cross-country road trips.
Are you getting ready to travel across country for the holidays? Great! Stop in Kansas for a wide variety of delicious German cuisine and break worthy road side attractions (including the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson).
13. The Supreme Court ruling that ended segregation was due in part to Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.
The landmark case came after a number of African American children were turned away from area white schools, which was later deemed unconstitutional.