I hand-drew this map of Prairie City, Kansas several years ago. I’ve always been pretty proud of it because it was fairly close to the actual plat of Prairie City from 1873.
For more information about Prairie City, which I clearly spend too much time talking and thinking about, go here.
This giant metal ball is located at the Rhode Island Street entrance to the Lawrence Riverfront Plaza. Many people, new and old, often wonder what it is and why it is there.
It was originally used by the Lawrence Paper Company to make cardboard boxes. It now serves as a reminder of a prominent Lawrence business and art installation.
What isn’t cultural appropration:
• Trying/eating/making a culture’s food
• Listening to that culture’s music
• Watching that culture’s movies
• Reading that culture’s books
• Appreciating that culture’s art
• Wearing that culture’s clothing IF in a setting…
I’m glad you posted this because your economic policy needs defending. I notice that it’s also written by someone who thinks like you. Meanwhile, people from your own state including people in your own administration and reporters from Hays, Wichita, Topeka, Lawrence, Pittsburg and Kansas City have routinely been saying your policies aren’t working and are hurting Kansans.
Who are you going to believe? Someone from Missouri who just regurgitates conservative tripe or your own constituents?
I guess by posting this article, the Missourian.
A footstone for “G.R.” with no close headstone with those initials. I originally thought it may be a footstone for George Raley, the husband of Christina who was featured yesterday but George Raley remarried to Stella Baldwin and both of them are buried in Rock Creek Cemetery in Miami County, Kansas.
Clearfield Cemetery, Palmyra Township, Douglas County, Kansas
From about 1915, when the statistical record begins, until 1980, about one in every 50 babies born was a twin, a rate of 2 percent.
Then, the rate began to increase: by 1995, it was 2.5 percent. The rate surpassed 3 percent in 2001 and hit 3.3 percent in 2010. Now, one out of every 30 babies born is a twin.
That’s a lot of “extra” twins above the 1980 baseline, but how many?
When the CDC calculated the number through 2009, they pegged it at 865,000. Now that several years more data is available, I recalculated the number. I took the number of twins that would have been born if the 1980 twin rate had held, and subtracted it from how many twins were actually born.
The result: 1,009,337! That’s a million extra twins from 1981 through 2012, the most recent year for which data is available.
Read more. [Image: Alexis Madrigal]
I’ve often wondered why there are so many twins at the school I work at. I assumed something in the water or the same families reproducing constantly over several generations. It’s nice to have kind of an explanation.
Also, love the commentor who posited that twins are due to women being fatter. 
Why do people think dressing in bunny costumes is a good thing?