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Music History #3: “Yes! We Have No Bananas”

Editor’s Note: This is the third installment of Bill DeMain’s new column, where he explores the real historical events that inspired various songs. “Music History” appears twice a month. “Yes! We Have No Bananas” Written by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn (1922) Originally sung by Eddie Cantor The Music The story goes that one day in 1922, songwriting duo Frank [...]

Kansas Is Flatter Than a Pancake

(Image credit: Flickr user Patrick Emerson) by Mark Fonstad 1, William Pugatch 1, and Brandon Vogt 2 1. Department of Geography, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas 2. Department of Geography, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona In this report, we apply basic scientific techniques to answer the question “Is Kansas as flat as a pancake?” While driving across the [...]