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What you missed: A burger made of gold and hidden roads that take us back in time4 min read

July 25, 2021 3 min read


What you missed: A burger made of gold and hidden roads that take us back in time4 min read

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Missed Out is a lowdown on all the whacky, wonderful and sometimes, plain weird, happenings in the world around us. Little videos, facts and tidbits that make for an ideal, fun and educational break.

This week, we’ve got the world’s tallest hotel, a burger that will definitely burn a hole in your pocket, something super old, and more. Scroll down for more!

A meal in the clouds

Unscramble this puzzle below to uncover which the tallest building in the world is! Hint: The hymenocallis or spider lily – a flower – is the inspiration behind this building.

All that glitters is this burger!

Owliver’s Obscure Observations

Do you know what the most expensive food in the world is? It is White Pearl Albino Caviar. Made from rare albino fish eggs, this caviar can be as costly as $300,000 (Rs 2,2333,050!) per kilogram. The fish, called albino beluga, produces this very rare caviar. It lived in the Caspian Sea originally, but they are now almost extinct in their native environment.

The Albino Beluga fish. Credit: Twitter

A road to history

A computerised version of the ancient path that was discovered. Credit: A Calandriello and G D’Acunto/SWNS

Do you know what’s so cool about this (virtual) road? It’s centuries old, and opens the doors to some fascinating history. The discovery of the remains of a Roman road in the Venice lagoon could prove there were permanent human settlements in the area, centuries before Venice was founded, researchers say.

Credit: Giphy

This is what Venice looks like >>
Venice is a city in the country of Italy that is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals.
So, can you imagine that there ever were roads and paths below all that water? Scientists say yes! This experiment, for which researchers used a sonar device mounted on a boat to create 3-D images of the landscape on the lagoon floor, revealed a lot. In the 1980s, scuba divers tried to get to the bottom of the canals to investigate what lies beneath. They had found what appeared to be paving stones in the lagoon. The new research was able to confirm that they were large, flattened stones used in the system of roads that ran throughout the Roman Empire.

Owliver’s Obscure Observations
What is sonar? The word sonar is derived from the phrase “sound navigation and ranging.” Sonar uses sound waves to detect and determine the location, size, and relative motion of underwater objects. Sonar was first proposed as a means of detecting icebergs at sea, so that disasters like what happened to the Titanic can be avoided. Sonar was still being experimented with when the Titanic sailed in 1912.

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