What we learned while making the January issue, from the Kahiki's battered but beloved statue to the people who teach painting like Bob Ross

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 January issue, with links to the full stories.

1. The number of Chinese students at Ohio State increased from 1,411 to 4,441 in the last decade.

2. Prenatal allergies in the mother can prompt changes in sexual behavior in offspring, according to OSU researchers.

3. George, the monkey/pig statue from the long-gone Kahiki restaurant, was made by the same sculptor who created Lazarus’ Mr. Tree and COSI’s Street of Yesteryear.

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4. The Columbus Golden Seals, a defunct minor league hockey team, set a record for most losses in a season—twice in a row.

5. Erie is the smallest of the Great Lakes by water volume, but it beats Ontario in surface area.

6. Women constitute 53.1 percent of Franklin County’s elected officials, up from 39.6 percent in 2011, and nearly twice as many serve on public companies’ boards.

7. More than 4,000 people worldwide have been trained in the art of teaching how to paint like Bob Ross—known as Certified Ross Instructors.

8. “Flytown,” a bygone neighborhood where Goodale Park sits today, was named for the small, wood-frame houses that seemed to fly up overnight.

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