WYSO Curious

WYSO Curious
6:13 am
Fri June 27, 2014

What Is The Economic Impact Of Street Fairs? WYSO Curious Hits The Pavement

Yellow Springs resident Joseph Minde-Berman (right) plays music at street fairs for spare cash. He has made as much as $300 in a day playing music. He's pictured with his friend Corbin Rogers, also of Yellow Springs.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Strawberries, sauerkraut, asparagus, popcorn, beans, bacon and moonshine—aside from usually being edible, what do they all have in common?

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WYSO Curious
6:00 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Who Put The 'GON' in Oregon? WYSO Curious Pronounces The Answer

Credit Jerry Kenney

Dayton’s Oregon Historic District has a controversial aspect to it: the sound of the word. Unlike the state of Oregon, the end of which is pronounced like “begin", the proper noun used by Daytonians is pronounced Oregon—with an ending that rhymes with John. Dayton resident Jesse Clark asked WYSO Curious—why?

Why is it called the OreGON District? Why don’t we pronounce it the same way people do in Oregon state?

Jesse says he’s been trying to answer the question for quite some time.

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Around the Miami Valley
9:45 am
Tue April 29, 2014

How Did Indian Ripple Road Get Its Name? WYSO Curious Investigates

This 1855 atlas of Greene County (reprinted in 1979 by the Greene County Historical Society) shows the road that became Indian Ripple before it was formally named.
Credit courtesy of Nancy Campbell

When Converse Griffith’s question, How did Indian Ripple road get its name? won our April WYSO Curious vote, the investigation seemed simple enough.  This question and subsequent questions about the difference between Indian Ripple and Indian Riffle, an older name for the road, turned out to be quite a mystery for the local and statewide experts we consulted. Not many clear records exist, but we’ve been able to draw several conclusions.

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WYSO Curious
6:00 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Why is that lake next to Route 4 in Dayton so blue? WYSO Curious takes a trip to Dayton's "Florida"

At the lime recycling plant in Dayton, four more ponds have that blue "Florida" glow.
Lewis Wallace WYSO

In just a few months, WYSO Curious has gotten four questions about the same topic: that bright blue lake off of Route 4 in Dayton.

John Todd of Fairborn was the first to write in to our site:

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Around the Miami Valley
9:43 am
Mon January 27, 2014

What's That Smell In Harrison Township? WYSO Curious Sniffs Out The Answer

Cargill's plant in Dayton
Credit Emily McCord

When Jude Whelley walks her dog in her front yard in Harrison Township, she often detects a syrupy-sweet smell, particularly on moist, foggy nights. Jude has lived in this neighborhood since 1985,  and while the generally accepted wisdom is that the smell comes from the nearby Cargill factory, for years she's wondered "does [the smell] depend on what they’re making? Or does it depend on the weather? Is it dangerous, or is it just unpleasantly sweet?"

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