What we learned while making the November issue, from the local museum with a piece of Jesus' cross to Africentric's absurd margins of victory

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 November issue, with links to the full stories.

1. The Jubilee Museum and Catholic Cultural Center in Franklinton has pieces of wood believed to be from the original cross of Jesus.

2. A 2.8-ton segment of the Berlin Wall was too heavy for the floor where it was displayed at Capital University’s Blackmore Library.

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3. Sen. Sherrod Brown and former Sens. George McGovern, Robert Kennedy and Al Gore Sr. all sat behind the same desk on Capitol Hill.

4. The 2003-04 Africentric middle school girls’ basketball team had an average margin of victory of 63 points.

5. There are almost 800,000 podcasts available today, according to Columbus podcasting company Blubrry.

6. Thousands of years ago, a botanical mixture called gruit—not to be confused with the Vin Diesel-voiced “Guardians of the Galaxy” character Groot—was used in flavoring and bittering beer.

7. Howard Dwight Smith, the Columbus architect who designed Ohio Stadium, also drew up the plans for West High School.

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