#1 By: Mark Frauenfelder, August 20th, 2013 12:37
#2 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, August 20th, 2013 12:43
That's Hays, America, sir.
#3 By: Phasma Felis, August 20th, 2013 12:53
What's the point of a toy you can't play with? Might as well display a bunch of vinyl records you're not allowed to listen to.
#4 By: John Fleming, August 20th, 2013 13:07
Really? I'm Canadian, and when I see 'Toronto, Canada' or similar in an American publication, it always seems wrong.
To each his or her own!
#5 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, August 20th, 2013 13:22
It's actually just a joke stuck in here for the benefit of western Kansans, eastern Coloradans, etc. There's a lot of references in local media to "Hays, America", for reasons I've never quite been able to discern. Over the years, it's become something of a running gag that helps identify you as "from around these parts".
It's even turned up in the URL for the Ellis County economic development coalition: http://www.haysamerica.net/
#6 By: Tim, August 20th, 2013 13:32
I assumed that was to indicate that a geographic region bore the Sarah Palin Seal of Real America-ness®, thus distinguishing it from places like New York or San Francisco which are only part of the same country due to a technical oversight.
#7 By: Robert Johnson, August 20th, 2013 16:27
Man, I spent the most boring weekend of my entire life in Hays, Kansas, back when I was 12 years old.
#8 By: John Fleming, August 20th, 2013 18:21
Ah! By the way, I should have out a smiley or something in my earlier comment. It came off as peevish, when I intended it to be lighthearted.
#9 By: Garrett Gottschalk, August 20th, 2013 18:46
I would have squealed with delight had this been a part of my childhood in Hays, America. While it could be argued that it's a rather boring town, it was a great place to grow up.
Despite Brownback's gutting of public art funding, it warms my heart to see that independent Kansas artists are still making Kansas beautiful.
#10 By: Mark Frauenfelder, August 25th, 2013 12:37
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