Lessons pulled from this month's magazine about everything from Metro Parks' origins to plasticulture strawberries

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 June issue, with links to the full stories.

1 The striped barber pole dates back to when they were both stylists and surgeons—red represents blood, blue represents veins, and white represents bandages.

2 The Metro Parks system began 70 years ago with the purchase of $304 worth of property.

3 In the last eight years, the Columbus fire department has used 36,000 doses of naloxone, the drug that reverses opiate overdoses.

4 The Union, a clothing store that operated across from Lazarus in Downtown Columbus until 1980, got its name from the owners’ support for the north during the Civil War.

5 There are 1,103 different species of birds on the official checklist created by the American Birding Association.

6 Strawberries produced in Florida and California are often grown with the plasticulture method, which uses grow beds covered in plastic to help the fruit ripen sooner.

7 The powdery puffs of color thrown into the air and onto participants in the annual Color Run (July 21, Downtown) are made of cornstarch, baking soda and nontoxic dyes.

8 Gahanna’s new Noble Cut Distillery gets its name from the part of the spirit-making process in which distillers decide when to cut the undesired distillates at the beginning and end of a run (the “heads” and “tails”) and focus on the good stuff at the center of the run that gets bottled (the “hearts”).

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