While L. Frank Baum never specifically mentioned where Dorothy lived in Kansas, he did leave some vague and/or misleading hints
. They don't quite point anywhere, but two home inspectors did some digging and claim Dorothy's house was near Troy, Kansas
, but they're not the first to claim a home for Dorothy. That credit goes to Max Zimmerman, an insurance agent from Liberal, Kansas, who thought of capitalizing on this lack of location
. Oliver Brown, another resident of Liberal, knew of a house that resembled Dorothy's
, and this was the start of Dorothy's House Museum & Land of Oz
. But over 300 miles away
, Wamego, Kansas has its own little land of Oz
, where you can attend the annual OZtoberfest
, or check out the Oz Museum
, with its collection of Oz memorabilia
on permanent loan from Friar Johnpaul Cafiero
. And then there's the abandoned Land of Oz theme park
in the resort town of Beech Mountain, North Carolina
, about a thousand miles from Wamega.
posted by filthy light thief
on Jun 28, 2013 -
From the mid 40s to the mid 50s Coronet Instructional Films
were always ready to provide social guidance for teenagers on subjects as diverse as dating
, preparing for being drafted
, and shyness
, as well as to children on following the law
, the value of quietness in school
, and appreciating our parents
. They also provided education on topics such as the connection between attitudes and health
, what kind of people live in America
, how to keep a job
, supervising women workers
, the nature of capitalism
, and the plantation System in Southern life
. Inside is an annotated collection of all 86 of the complete Coronet films in the Prelinger Archives
as well as a few more. Its not like you had work to do or anything right? [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb
on Nov 1, 2012 -
Before Joy Adamson went to Africa, before Margaret Mead sailed to Samoa, before Dian Fossey was even born
, a Kansas teenager
named Osa Leighty married
Martin Johnson. Whether dancing to jazz
in Congorilla or meeting headhunters
in Borneo, her life with Martin
ultimately led to hours of pioneering documentary
, movies and more
. Her autobiography
inspired a Kate Spade purse
, a perfume
and her marriage an entire line
of clothing while her joie de vivre
put her on the cover of a book
on trailblazing women
of history. Osa Johnson went on to become a character in a play
, in a poem
while her married life gave birth to a museum
(or two). When
Osa met Martin, she married adventure
posted by infini
on Apr 19, 2012 -
Kansas: The First Abortion-Free State?
"The law also requires the health department to issue new licenses each year, and it grants additional authority to health department inspectors to conduct unannounced inspections, and to fine or shut down clinics ... the department wasted no time in drafting the new rules, issuing the final version on June 17 and informing clinics that they would have to comply with the rules by July 1. The new requirements require facilities to add extra bathrooms, drastically expand waiting and recovery areas, and even add larger janitor's closets, as one clinic employee told me—changes that clinics will have a heck of a time pulling off by the deadline. Under the new rule, clinics must also aquire state certification to admit patients, a process that takes 90 to 120 days, the staffer explained." Previously, George Tiller
posted by geoff.
on Jun 23, 2011 -
This past week, in an open letter
to Fred Phelps and his controversial Westboro Baptist Church, the hacker activist group Anonymous issued an ultimatum
: "... we give you a warning: Cease & desist your protest campaign in the year 2011, return to your homes in Kansas, & close your public Web sites. Should you ignore this warning, you will meet with the vicious retaliatory arm of ANONYMOUS." Yesterday, the Westboro Baptist Church took up the gauntlet, telling Anonymous, "Bring It
]. [more inside]
posted by ericb
on Feb 20, 2011 -
Even one of the greatest lines ever spoken in a movie can become hopelessly clichéd when repeated enough times, right, Toto
? (SingleYouTubeContaining58Clips) [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop
on Dec 17, 2010 -
His radio station was shut down. His medical license was revoked. So he ran for Governor
, 1932), and almost won. Twice. "Dr". John R. Brinkley
, the goat gland doctor, (previously
on Metafilter) had six weeks. He also had a plane, a huckster's skills, a staff skilled in promotion, and lots of chutzpah. [more inside]
posted by julen
on Dec 16, 2010 -
The old lady always called me her boy... and she kept me in her room from the time that I was born until her death, then willed me to her son Samuel. When she was dying she called me to her bedside... Taking my hand in hers she told me to be a good boy and stay with Samuel. To Samuel she said, "Keep my boy as long as you live to remember me by." Larry Lapsley
began life as someone else's property, but he managed to break free from his mistress' dying wish by way of a remarkable journey that would lead him to becoming the first black homesteader in Saline County, Kansas: When I came to Salina I was twenty-five years old and was without schooling. I had never gone to school a day in my life and I haven't any education yet but there is one thing I have, a good home and plenty of friends. [more inside]
posted by amyms
on Sep 18, 2010 -
Though her nomination was a joke
, instigated by a group of men hoping to inhibit the local activities of the Women's Christian Temperance Union by embarrassing female voters, Susanna Madora "Dora" Kinsey Salter
surprised the pranksters by winning two-thirds of the vote in the mayoral election of 1887 in tiny Argonia, Kansas, becoming not only America's first female mayor, but also earning the distinction of being the first woman elected to any
political office in the United States. Her official notice of election read: Madam, You are hereby notified that at an election held in the city of Argonia on Monday April 4/87, for the purpose of electing city officers, you were duly elected to the office of Mayor of said city. You will take due notice thereof and govern yourself accordingly.
Though she only served one term and had no further political ambitions, she became a hero of the early women's suffrage movement. [more inside]
posted by amyms
on Sep 1, 2010 -
"For the month of March 2010, the city of Topeka will be known as Google, Kansas
." Mayor Bill Bunten says the proclamation is an attempt to stand out from the crowd
, as cities around the United States have until March 26 to tell Google they're interested in participating in the Fiber for Communities
program, part of the company's recently announced plans to build a series of superfast broadband networks across the country [previously on MetaFilter
]. Other cities are trying to get Google's attention, but Duluth, Minnesota, has upped the ante
by pledging to name its firstborn sons "Google Fiber" and its firstborn daughters "Googlette Fiber" in a video [YouTube, 3:34]
spoofing Topeka's efforts.
posted by amyms
on Mar 4, 2010 -
Metafilter's own Sean Tevis made history with his run for Kansas House of Representatives in 2008. Read more here
, and here
. Sean is back and ready to commence 'Option 4'
, once again changing the way politics is done in Kansas. From his website "Sean Tevis is visiting more than 50 politicians who can make open government a reality. He wears a different shirt with each politician. Eash shirt is unique and displays the names of 100 people like you. These shirts also have messages on them, which are Twitter-sized: 140 characters or less. The politician receives a copy of this shirt, too, for meeting with Sean. You get an account of this visit."
posted by jlowen
on May 6, 2009 -
Today Kansas became one step closer
to raising its state minimum wage and shedding its embarrassing position as lowest set state minimum wage in the nation at $2.65 per hour. (Kansas minimum wage is lower than Puerto Rico
, and the Virgin Islands
, though 5 states
currently have no minimum wage whatsoever.) The Kansas Department of Labor estimates that over 20,000 Kansans earn less than the federal minimum wage. After passing the Kansas Senate by a vote of 33-7, will the Speaker of the House
allow a vote on Senate Bill 160
posted by jlowen
on Mar 18, 2009 -
Elizabeth "Grandma" Layton
was coaxed by her sister at the age of 68 to take a blind contour drawing
class in Ottawa, Kansas, in order to possibly help alleviate her 35-year bout with clinical depression. By the time of her death in 1993, her work (article includes quicktime link of Elizabeth discussing her work and photo gallery)
had been shown in several museums, including the Smithsonian's National Museum of American Art, and celebrated as an honest depiction of aging, mental health, and feminist issues (google book link)
in the US. [more inside]
posted by sleepy pete
on Oct 4, 2007 -
Orphan Trains of Kansas
. A collection of histories, personal stories, newspaper accounts, pictures and other references. Beginning in 1854, charitable institutions in New York City began sending orphans on trains to the west to find new families, feeling that the children would fare better out west than on the streets of New York. Orphan trains arrived in Kansas between 1867 and 1930, and some 5000-6000 children were placed in Kansas homes.
posted by amyms
on Sep 22, 2007 -
The Harveyville Project,
located in Harveyville, Kansas, is a small town and getting smaller: There are only about 250 residents, and most are elderly. But after an artist bought an abandoned school to live in two years ago, there are some colorful new faces in town.
Conveniently located at the corner of No and Where. Nary a McDonalds nor Starbucks as far as the eye can see, but still a comfy drive from civilization.
Housed in two mid-century school buildings on nine acres on the edge of a tiny rural town, the Harveyville Project offers a quiet, secluded, distraction-free environment to jumpstart your creative work.
Such a cool idea. If I was still single I'd move there in a second to soak up the creative vibe.
posted by Hugh2d2
on Jun 5, 2007 -
"A bad way to make a living."
A series on the history and ecological impact of strip mining
in southeast Kansas during the early 20th century that includes articles, photo galleries with sound files, and video slideshows about the region. The area, known as the "Little Balkans,"
because of the large Eastern European population that worked the mines, was a large mining community
that has given the US the second largest electric shovel in the country
, a home to one of the largest socialist newspapers in the country
(called Appeal to Reason
and founded by Julius Wayland
) as well as the Little Blue Books series
started by Emanuel Haldeman-Julius
in 1919. Oh yeah, it was also
--second paragraph-- the place that most of the bootleg alcohol
that fueled the Kansas City Jazz Scene
of that time
was from as well. Of course, if you should ever find yourself in SEKS, and you eat meat, go to either Chicken Annie's or Chicken Mary's
[transcript] since they're only a few miles apart in their modern incarnation. The legends you hear growing up there aren't always true
, but it doesn't matter because the onion rings are fantastic. And yes, in some ways all Kansas has left is history
posted by sleepy pete
on Mar 22, 2007 -
The Libertarian candidate for the 24th District of the Kansas House was canvassing the local Mission, KS Arts and Eats festival, speaking with attendees and distributing campaign literature. Suddenly, a councilwoman approached him with a police officer and informed him he had to leave and would be charged with trespassing if he returned, an action which the Mayor has publicly denounced and has launched an investigation into.
posted by deusdiabolus
on Sep 30, 2006 -
Dada is a virgin microbe which penetrates with the insistence of air into all those spaces that reason has failed to fill with words and conventions. .
The mayor of Lawrence, Kansas proclaims February 4, April 1, March 28, July 15, August 2, August 7, August 16, August 26, September 18, September 22, October 1, October 17, and October 26, 2006 as International Dadaism Month.
posted by billysumday
on Feb 28, 2006 -
"If God does not exist, and if religion is an illusion that the majority of men cannot live without...let men believe in the lies of religion since they cannot do without them, and let then a handful of sages, who know the truth and can live with it, keep it among themselves. Men are then divided into the wise and the foolish, the philosophers and the common men, and atheism becomes a guarded, esoteric doctrine--for if the illusions of religion were to be discredited, there is no telling with what madness men would be seized, with what uncontrollable anguish."
posted by empath
on Dec 6, 2005 -
Traces of this epic masterpiece of creation can be found in all religious writings and traditions. It is to them that Moses, Jesus, Buddha and Mohammed referred. It is now time to welcome them. To your child's classroom.
posted by Otis
on Nov 18, 2005 -
Flying Spagetti Monster expelled from Kansas
The Kansas School Board has decided that it knows much more about the origins of life than the combined intelligence of all the scientists on the planet, and that fiction can be taught as fact. But seriously, if you don't even understand the scientific method, what business do you have setting academic policy?
posted by gallois
on Nov 8, 2005 -
Kansas Supreme Court ruled on Friday that homosexuals cannot be treated differently.
In what conservative homophobes decry as another instance of judicual activism, the Kansas Supreme Court unanimously
struck down a state law that punished underage sex more severely if it involved homosexual acts, saying "moral disapproval" of such conduct is not enough to justify the different treatment. In the decision
the court ruled: 1. K.S.A. 2004 Supp. 21-3522 violates the equal protection provisions of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and § 1 of the Kansas Constitution Bill of Rights. 2. The equal protection violation inherent in K.S.A. 2004 Supp. 21-3522 is cured by the severance of the words "and are members of the opposite sex" from the statute.
posted by three blind mice
on Oct 22, 2005 -