What we learned while making the July issue, from world record tweets to ultra-high-scoring baseball
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 July issue, with links to the full stories.
1 Some survivors of the 1913 flood that devastated Franklinton sought refuge in a nearby mental institution.
2 The Blue Danube, the beloved University District dive for cheap food and drinks, has served both Donovan and Pearl Jam.
3 Carter Wilkerson, a Nevada teenager, wrote the most retweeted tweet of all time: a plea to Wendy’s for a year’s supply of free chicken nuggets.
4 The Columbus Washboard Co. in Logan is the last factory in the country that still regularly produces washboards.
5 Since the 1970s, there have been more than 30 alleged Bigfoot sightings at Guernsey County’s Salt Fork State Park, which also holds the annual Ohio Bigfoot Conference.
6 At 20 years old, Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder became the first wrestler in history to win an NCAA championship, a world title and an Olympic gold medal.
7 The statue of Arnold Schwarzenegger in front of the convention center was originally commissioned by none other than The Governator himself.
8 When brewers are making sour beer, they often use a strain of yeast called Brettanomyces, or simply “Brett.”
9 The colorful carnival mural inside the Clintonville Condado pays homage to Olentangy Park, a defunct amusement park popular around the turn of the last century.
10 In 1866, the Buckeye Baseball Club played the first baseball game in Columbus, an intramural matchup that ended 95-44.
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