Stupid? The Republican Party’s EEG trace is flatter than Kansas.
Technically, Kansas isn’t actually flat. As a person travels upstream over four hundred miles from the state’s eastern end to its western one, he rises more than half a mile higher as he approaches the great continental divide. There are actually 20 states that exhibit less change in elevation from their lowest points to their highest ones than Kansas does.
To be as annoyingly precise as possible, Florida is the most flat, barely able to raise itself out of the Atlantic or the gulf from the panhandle to Miami. At least it offers plenty of opportunities for alliteration.
Of course, Derb’s intention is to conjure up images of western Kansas, devoid of the woods and hilliness of the state’s eastern end, which, to the south, resembles the Ozarks more than it does the Kansas-Colorado border. That the state’s highest natural point, “Mount Sunflower“, is located less than a mile from Colorado and is indistinguishable from the surrounding terrain, attests to this. The gentle but steady incline across the state measures around 0.1 degree. The Derb’s point is well taken, I promise!
The rank ordering of US states by the change in elevation from each state’s lowest point to its highest:
|13. New Mexico||10323|
|15. North Carolina||6684|
|17. New Hampshire||6288|
|18. South Dakota||6276|
|20. New York||5343|
|24. West Virginia||4623|
|28. South Carolina||3560|
|33. North Dakota||2757|
|37. New Jersey||1802|
|46. Rhode Island||811|
As tangential to this post as this post was to the Derb’s article, does this guy’s photo epitomize everything that is wrong with the modern white male or what?