Where to Find Smallmouth Bass and other Random Facts

Chris Gaitten
Fishing at Alum Creek

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 June issue, with links to the full stories.

1. An agitated cow once knocked a gun away from a farmer in Ashville, just south of Columbus, killing the man.

2. In the city of Delaware, the street-level vacancy rate was about 40 percent between 2005 and 2007; it’s now around 4 percent.

3. Joel Slaven, an animal trainer for Jack Hanna and the Columbus Zoo, has a note from Jim Carrey addressed “TO JOEL BEASTMASTER!”.

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4. The Scioto River has the highest concentration of smallmouth bass in the state.

5. Ohio Valley-style pizza was invented in 1945 by Primo DiCarlo in Steubenville, inspired by a dish he had in Italy during WWII.

6. Among large cities in Ohio, only Toledo had fewer deaths than Columbus during the 1918 flu pandemic.