Dale Earnhardt Jr., Dog Biscuits and Cryptomnesia

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly
Dale Earnhardt Jr. takes a selfie at Nationwide Children's Hospital with Maddie Delaney to send to his wife, Amy.

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 October issue, with links to the full stories.

1 The Greater Columbus Antique Mall has previously served as a funeral home, an Elks Lodge and the home of a soap magnate.

2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. owns a replica of the bus from the movie “Bull Durham,” which he keeps on his property in North Carolina.

3 A 1976 court ruling blamed cryptomnesia—unknowingly ripping off someone else’s song—for the similarities between The Chiffons’ “He’s So Fine” and George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord.”

4 From July 2017 to July 2018, rental rates in Franklinton rose 12.8 percent—the most of any Central Ohio community.

5 Cheddar gets its name from a village in England’s Somerset County, where it’s believed the cheese originated 900 years ago.

6 Spent grain from North High Brewery, which produces nearly 8,000 pounds a week, is now being used to make dog biscuits.

7 The Ohio History Center’s architect, W. Byron Ireland, also worked on the St. Louis Gateway Arch before founding a firm in Columbus.


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