This Could be the Setting for "The Midwestern Shining"

EDGERTON, MN (Sept 29) - Wowzers. Minnesota really kicked the corn-maze competition up a notch! Read on...

Flooding In Cedar Rapids:

CEDAR RAPIDS (Sept 22) - Okay, so we don't have a calculator handy, but Mike's oldest son was born in 2008, the last major flood in Cedar Rapids, and unless his 100th Birthday is coming up, we may need to re-calibrate the "100 Year Flood" meter. Read on...

Bowl of Skittles

(Sept 21) - Just when this election seemed like it had wandered into the strangest territory, now subtle xenophobia is infecting our candy?! We're learning so much about our fellow Americans this year. Even more bizarre, the photo that Trump Jr used in his Tweet was taken by a photographer who was once a refugee: NPR Story. Wow! And just because... Read on...

What a Parent of Toddlers Sees when He Watches 50 Shades of Grey:

As a parent of little kids who has a house, bills, etc etc, I find myself watching shows or movies in a different way than I used to. HGTV has two people looking to purchase a $600,000 fixer-upper and my first thought isn't the stain of hardwood to use but: "What are their mortgage payments gonna be like?!" I watch Curious... Read on...

Steve King: Mr 535

IOWA (Sept 15) - If you see modern America as a conspiracy to turn kids gay and take rights from White-Christian-men, we could see the appeal of Steve King. Just THIS week, Steve said that Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the National Anthem shows that he is "sympathetic to ISIS", and he also said that child care tax credits should only go to "normal" families (he... Read on...

The RAYGUN Guide To: Tinder in Des Moines.

(Sept 8) - Some of the swinging single folks at RAYGUN in Des Moines showed some of the married folks Des Moines Tinder. All of them decided to stay married ... and to never take their sons fishing (apparently they'll be single forever with hobbies like that). Read on...

MidWexit!

(Sept 6) - The Midwest has been pulling MORE than it's share of the weight in America for quite a while now. We've won all the major wars (Illinois' Grant in the Civil War, Missouri's Pershing in World War I, Kansas' Eisenhower in World War II); we've supplied all the best presidents (Lincoln, Reagan, Obama); and we've brought the country mobility... Read on...

For Maximum Yields, Remember to Practice:

(Sept 5) This one has no real point, but was inspired by a Twitter message asking us to make agriculture-themed crop-tops. Then we joked that if you had a corn crop-top and a soy bean crop-top, changing them would be crop-top rotation. Duh-dum-ching. And some people call what we do "work." Read on...

Mascot Expressions

IOWA CITY (Sept 2) - A University of Iowa professor worries that Iowa's Herky should have more expressions than just constipated (or is that angry?). We think Herk can just be a little tough to read. But if you know him, you get it. PS: This artwork is inspired by the great "Far Side" comic strip.  Read on...

Business Lessons from the EpiPen Price Hike...

I'm a business man. I'm always on the lookout for good business ideas. So when I read that Mylan Pharmaceutical's popular EpiPen was now $600 -- up from $95 in 2007 -- I yelled out, "Eureka! We just need to sell our shirts for $114!" The staff was a little suspicious at first: "Sell our shirts for over $100?" Me: "Listen guys, trust... Read on...

From the RAYGUN Traffic Desk...

(Aug 26) - Our live cam on I-80 is showing that millions of lesbians are descending on Nebraska just before the election. Rush was right!!! Comrade Obama has truly betrayed America this time! Read on...

Rush Limbaugh Warns of a Federally-Backed Lesbian Farmer Invasion

(Aug 25) - So file this under: "Uhhhh .... What?" Rush Limbaugh is warning his listener that Comrade Obama's latest move to undermine Red-State-America is to train and pay lesbians to become farmers. Those lesbian farmers would then flood rural states and tip their electorate to the left.  Tip an entire state's electorate? How many lesbian farmers will their be?!... Read on...

The Upside To Not Watching Your Kids...

Watching Stranger Things lets me know that I can't stay up until 10:25 PM like I used to. And also: if we want to save our world from an evil parallel universe, maybe we should let our kids wander alone for long stretches of time. Set in early 1980's Indiana, the kids in Stranger Things stay out late with their friends,... Read on...

Kanye West's Pablo Pop-Up Coming to ... Iowa?

MIDWEST (Aug 19) - Kanye West Tweeted out a map of of all the places his "Life of Pablo" pop-up shops would go. And it looks like one of those dots may be in ... Iowa? Actually, it's probably Chicago. And Detroit. So The Mighty Midwest scores as many Pablo Pop Ups as Asia, Africa, and South America COMBINED! Truly... Read on...

1928 Chicago Olympian

CHICAGO (Aug 19) - The Chicago Tribune has a great article about Betty Robinson, the Chicago Olympian who set a world record 100-meter-dash time in the 1928 Olympics, at only 16. She had been discovered by a high school track coach who saw her running to catch a commuter train, and for a moment, became the fastest woman in the... Read on...

Move Over, Vikings, Giant Rubber Ducks Now Rule the Seas

DULUTH (Aug 19) - A replica Viking ship ran out of money by Green Bay and couldn't make it to the Duluth Tall Ship Festival. But a Giant Rubber Duck made it. Seriously, that image isn't Photoshopped. In fact, it turns out that Giant Rubber Ducks may have landed on the Americas BEFORE the Vikings did.  Read on...

United States of Kansas City & Lawrence!

KANSAS CITY (Aug 17) - A couple of fellas are trying to get a flag designed for the entire Kansas City-area. Forget just a flag, we've been pushing for full-blown state-hood! Buy US of KC and Lawrence Read on...