Don’t look now but the Great State of Kansas is on a trajectory to nail the distinction of being most boring state in the nation…
While that may not exactly be a shocker to people from places like New York, LA, Chicago or Hawaii, it’s not exactly a spirit lifter for folks from Lawrence, Topeka or Wichita.
Because not only did Kansas not fare well in WalletHub’s recent Most Fun States in America 2017, it staggered into a lowly 43rd place behind New Jersey.
Yep, beat out by New Jersey for crying out loud.
The twin categories that spelled doom for the Jayhawks:
Entertainment and recreation and nightlife.
Which unfortunately makes perfect sense.
Anybody ever confuse Kansas with a vacation destination?
Hey, but don’t take WalletHub’s word for it!
A few years back Kansas made Gawker’s Worst 50 States.
“The geographic center of the U.S. is a flatland with few surprises,” Gawker sniped.
Kansas good points were few and far between; as in two.
KU – “one of the best college towns” and K-State – “apparently a good place to retire young.”
Now Gawker’s bad points.
“What’s the matter with Kansas? A whole hell of a lot. “ Gawker dissed. “There’s lots of religious nuttery. And then even more religious nuttery.
“Some folks in the state don’t think too much of reproductive rights. It’s flat as hell, its amusement parks are abandoned, and it’s full of tornadoes. The Kansas part of Kansas City is boring, including those snobby jerks in Overland Park. And while Dorothy might be from Kansas, the state isn’t very nice to her friends.”
There were a few highlights but you had to look pretty hard for ‘em.
Example: Did you known the ICEE was invented in Barnes, Kansas? Or that Barnes, Kansas even existed? Or that White Castle started out in Wichita? Yup.
However if you’re fishing for compliments or flattering assessments about Kansas, you best steer clear of Ask Reddit.
“I’ve lived here my whole life and personally hate it,” one commenter writes.
Adds another, “I’ve never lived there, but my Dad did. When he was discharged from the Navy, he got off the ship in San Francisco and never went back to Kansas, if that tells you anything.”
As for tourism, Kansas was “literally the worst part of my drive from Dallas to Denver,” adds another.
Take areavibes which placed Kansas at No. 3 on its list of 10 Most Boring States in America.
“If you’ve ever driven across Kansas on your way to your actual final destination, you get it – this place is practically empty,” it writes. “But it isn’t just the low population density and long (long) stretches of farm land that can put you to sleep.
“More than half of the families in Kansas tied the knot and a third of homes have kids at home. Both factors indicate that a large majority of the people of Kansas are content with a night at home, pouring over homework.
‘And most midwesterners know, the ‘more fun’ Kansas City is actually in Missouri.”
Great even Kansas clean-cut ways and family values are coming under fire.
A websuite called The Top Tens placed Kansas at No. 6, right behind Arkansas in its Most Useless States in the USA.
“Drive through Kansas on I-70. That is all I need to say,” Top Tens begins. “What is in Kansas? Seriously…It is a very backward state…the population is fearful of new ideas and diversity. It’s like stepping back in time…Too flat I feel like I am butter on a pancake.”
There you have it a new tourism slogan for the Sunflower State; “Visit Kansas and feel like butter on a pancake.”