What we learned while making the August issue, from how to judge goats' form at the Ohio State Fair to the 200 bird species that flock to the Scioto River

As magazine editors, we write about an ever-changing array of topics month after month, from crime to crème brûlée. Here are some of the most interesting things we learned while researching our August issue, with links to the full stories.

1. Acclaimed author Wil Haygood once played basketball for Miami University’s junior varsity squad.

2. Goats in the state fair’s livestock competitions are judged on their musculature, which they show off by getting into certain stances, known as “bracing.”

3. Local hospital systems create an annual economic impact of $4.22 billion, according to the Ohio Hospital Association.

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4. It only took about five minutes for pro jump-roper Tori Boggs to complete 412 triple unders, the women’s world record for that skill.

5. The Ebenezer Methodist Episcopal Cemetery in Pleasant Township includes the gravesites of veterans of the Revolutionary War.

6. As of last spring, the local housing market would have been depleted in less than a month and a half if no new inventory was added.

7. Xi Xia Western Chinese Cuisine in Kenny Centre Mall is named after an 11th-century empire that once covered northwest China’s Ningxia region.

8. A 3-mile stretch along the Scioto River was designated an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society because it hosts more than 200 species.

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