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MYSTICLAND PRESENTS THE WEEK THAT WAS: Episode 5

MYSTICLAND PRESENTS THE WEEK THAT WAS: Episode 5

After episode 1, episode 2, episode 3, episode 4, let's move on to what news MysticLand World Discovery has in store for us this week!

ANCIENT TABLET REVEALS MATHS

The Gifted Four stood silently in one corner of the Istanbul Archaeology Museum. Felix asked, “Why are we here, and what is this?” pointing at a circular small clay tablet.

“Why does this tablet have rectangles, squares, triangles, and such geometrical figures?” said a curious Scorch.

“This is Si.427, a small circular clay tablet from Babylonia (present-day Iraq) that is almost 3,700 years old. It was dug out in 1894 in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq. The figures on it are called trigonometry. It is a sub-branch of geometry.

It was earlier believed that these figures were developed by ancient Greeks, such as Pythagoras. But a math professor named Daniel Mansfield recently concluded his study of this tablet and found out that they were created 1,000 years before Pythagoras was born!” said an excited Verum.

“So, trigonometry was actually from Babylonia. Should we pay a visit?” said Orak.

“According to Daniel, yes! Let’s go there,” said Verum with a smile. In no time, the Gifted Four were in Babylonia, 3,700 years in the past. Despite being a desert area, the Mysticals could see fertile land all around. Mud-houses were scattered in the region. The Gifted Four looked around in awe.

“So, where is mathematics?” said Felix.

“Oi, could you fly high enough to get an aerial view of this area? Compare the markings on the tablet to the land around,” said Verum, who was projecting the clay tablet on her crystal ball.

They were surprised that the markings matched a piece of land.

“Now you see! This tablet here is just like the map. In Babylonia, lands were marked with boundaries using trigonometry. It shows that 1,000 years before the Greek civilization, Babylonia people used Math to chart out lands on such clay tablets,” concluded Verum.

“Wow, every day, I learn something new,” said Orak, “Thank you, Verum.”

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WHY YOU SHOULDN'T WASTE YOUR FOOD
It was dinner time in MysticLand. The Gifted Four rushed to the dining hall with their rumbling tummies in tow. Verum said, “Oh, I wish there’s soup tonight!”

A shivering Felix replied, “Yes, some soup will be so comforting in this chilly weather!”
“It’s not that cold, is it?” said Scorch, “Anything less than blazing heat is cold for Felix.”

“Anything more than subzero temperatures is too hot for Scorch,” shot back Felix.
“Ay, let’s all calm down,” said Orak as he opened the doors to the dining hall.

The Gifted Four strolled into the room and sat at their usual table. Soon, dinner was served. Scorch crinkled her nose and said, “Is that broccoli I see?”
“Yes! Broccoli is yummy!” said Felix, munching on some.

“Ugh, I cannot bring myself to eat it,” said Scorch, turning away from her plate.

“Hey, Scorchie, please don’t waste food,” said Verum, “Recently, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report based on the data collected in 2019. It is called the Food Waste Index Report 2021.

According to it, the world wastes about one-sixth of the food produced every year. That means about 931 million metric tons of food is wasted every year.”

“That is not nice at all,” said Orak, sipping a spoonful of mushroom soup, “Despite being a basic necessity, food isn’t always readily available. At least 690 million people go hungry every year because they don’t have enough food. Over 3 billion people can’t afford healthy and nutritious food.”

“Exactly,” said Verum, “Moreover, when you waste food, you also waste the water, energy, farmers’ hard work, and money that goes into cultivating this food.”

“Martina Otto from the UNEP says that wasted food can contribute to global warming,” added Verum, “The work that goes into producing this amount of wasted food releases at least 8% to 10% of all greenhouse gas emissions.”

“Okay, okay, I’ll eat the broccoli,” said Scorch.

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HEINZ LAUNCHES 'MARZ EDITION' KETCHUP

It was nighttime at MysticLand. All the Mysticals and MysticBeasts were fast asleep. The evil Bruha was probably tinkering around her cauldron of no-good. Back on the grounds of MysticLand Elementia School, a low rumbling noise was steadily growing. Luna, the MysticBeast, was snoozing close by and woke up when the ground slightly shook.

“Stop it! Or you will wake up everybody,” whispered Orak loudly climbing into the Tempus machine. The Gifted Four were up for their next adventure and this time it involved space.

"Do you have the bottle? Don't forget the bottle, Felix,” said Verum strapping on her seat belt. They were all set inside the Tempus machine. With a whoosh, they were off .... to planet Mars!
"Hey Verum. Why am I carrying a bottle of tomato ketchup to Mars,” asked Felix.
"This isn't just any ketchup. It's the Heinz 'Marz Edition' ketchup, you silly pixie. For the past 150 years, Heinz, an American company, has been making delicious ketchup for humans. They have a team called the 'Tomato masters' who are experts on ketchup tomatoes. The masters have the power to approve or reject tomatoes that finally become Heinz ketchup. Only the finest are picked.

Humans have been going on so many space missions that one must wonder what if they shifted to Mars? What would food grown on Mars taste like? A team of 14 scientists at the Aldrin Space Institute in Florida were intrigued by the idea and became space tomato farmers! They set up a lab called 'The RedHouse' and began by making the soil found on Mars.

Mars, also known as the Red Planet, has very poor nutrients in its soil. It's also about 100 degrees Fahrenheit colder than Earth. While our atmosphere has a lot of oxygen, Mars' atmosphere has mainly carbon dioxide. These were the challenges that this team conquered and grew tomatoes that were approved by the tomato masters! And it only took them nine months."

"What's the big deal? It's just tomato ketchup", said Scorch squirting some out of the bottle onto her sandwich.

"No no no, Scorch. This bottle of tomato ketchup has helped humans understand how to grow food on the Martian soil. Imagine if they actually decided to live on Mars. Now they can take these learnings and grow their own food. Maybe moving to Mars isn't that far away, all thanks to a bottle of tomato ketchup!” said Verum looking at the twinkly stars from the Tempus machine.
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