Lessons pulled from this month's magazine about everything from OSU's glacial basement to the LeVeque's LED light displays

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 brulee. Here are some of the most interesting things we learned while researching our May issue, with links to the full stories.

1. The longest ice core ever extracted from outside the poles is stored in meter-long segments in a basement freezer at Ohio State University.

2. The name Momo Ghar—the Columbus restaurant that created this issue’s cover dish—translates to “Dumpling House.”

3. Middle West Spirits’ first distilling equipment was dug up from co-founder Ryan Lang’s grandfather’s farm, where it was hidden during Prohibition.

4. Marijuana users, people from India and those being treated for arthritis are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s far less than the expected rate.

5. Chris Holtmann, the coach of OSU’s men’s basketball team, initially declined the school’s offer. He accepted after athletic director Gene Smith presented a better deal.

6. A “shoe dog” is someone who spends their life selling shoes (whereas “shoe hounds” spend their lives buying them).

7. Nearly 37 percent of U.S. households are headed by renters, the most since at least 1965.

8. Using a technique called optically stimulated luminescence, scientists can date geological formations by measuring the last time quartz sediment was exposed to sunlight.

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