What we learned while making the November issue, from the very first veterans memorial to the flames above BD's Mongolian Grill

One of the best things about being a magazine editor is learning tons of interesting facts as we put together each issue. We also have a unique role as generalists—we get to learn about a wide and ever-changing array of topics. One month we may be writing about crime, the next about crème brûlée. Here are some of the most interesting things we learned while researching our November issue, with links to the full stories.

1 Jeff Smith, creator of the acclaimed Bone comic books, first began sketching the series’ characters around age 5.

2 The city once employed pigs to eat its excess trash, as Anietra Hamper discovered while researching her new book, “Secret Columbus: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure.”

3 Local artist Tony Ball created the flame sculpture above BD’s Mongolian Grill at Easton.

4 It’s been more than 2,500 days since The Team Up North beat the Buckeyes in football. (Editor’s note: We wrote this on Oct. 1. The dominance continues—2,558 days and counting; check this handy website for updates.)

5 According to the Franklin County Municipal Court system, 92 percent of those arrested for solicitation are identified as victims of human trafficking.

6 One of the country’s leading psychiatrists in the field of transgender youth is the medical director of the THRIVE program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. One in 137 American teenagers identify as transgender.

7 Janelle Coleman, wife of former Mayor Mike Coleman, started her career as a college intern at L Brands.

8 The Bryn Du Commission has been working for 16 years to preserve the historic Granville mansion and seven other buildings on the estate. More than $2 million has gone into this ongoing preservation effort.

9 It requires 50-60 gallons of maple sap to produce 1 gallon of maple syrup.

10 The very first veterans memorial in Columbus, completed in 1906 on East Broad Street, could seat upwards of 5,000 people—it was said to be second only to Madison Square Garden in capacity at the time.

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