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  The entire world's population could reside in single-family houses, each with a yard, within the state of Texas. 
  Major droughts or floods in some major agricultural regions can reduce world food production by 4-5% in one year. 
  Silk was produced in 40 Kansas counties from 1889 - 1900. At one time, the State Board of Agriculture even organized a special silk station at Peabody. 
  The growing season in southeastern Kansas is 40 days longer than in the northwestern corner of the state. 
  Swathers are the mascot of the Hesston High School, Hesston, Kansas. 
  The Ogallala Formation is a water bearing rock formation underneath western Kansas and parts of 7 other states. The Ogallala Aquifer is up to 600 feet thick. 
  A shelterbelt is a strip of trees planted along the edge of a field to slow down the wind and help keep the topsoil in place. Many Kansas shelterbelts were planted by farmers after the Dirty Thirties, the 1930's. 
  George Washington Carver, the famous botanical scientist who came up with more than 300 products made from the peanut, graduated from high school in Minneapolis, Kansas in 1885. 
  The First United Methodist Church in Hutchinson, Kansas was built in 1874 during the time of grasshopper plagues. The grasshoppers came during the construction of the foundation but the pastor continued with the work. As a result, thousands of grasshoppers were mixed into the mortar of the original building's foundation. 
  1 part per trillion (1 ppt) is equivalent to the weight of 1 flea on 360,000 elephants.