7 real bombs that are definitely bombs and not clocks

On Wednesday morning, the Internet converged on a story that left many observers baffled and enraged: Texas police arrested Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old Muslim student, for bringing a homemade clock to his high school, on the grounds that it constituted a “hoax bomb.”

The incident sparked renewed discussion about Islamophobia in the U.S. Expressions of support for Mohamed poured in from engineers, as well as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and President Barack Obama, both of whom offered to meet with the enterprising young student.

But all of this ignores the elephant in the room: How many other clocks out there might be bombs?

1) Big Ben

Actually, “Big Ben” is the name of the giant bell inside this clock, not the clock itself. What other secrets is this clock hiding?

2) Cuckoo clock

This clock hasn’t exploded and killed anyone just yet—but that doesn’t mean we can trust it, even for a split second.

3) Sundial

Just an innocent timepiece of yore? More like an ancient bomb.

4) Alarm clock

Sure, it didn’t detonate when it went off this morning. This morning.

5) Pebble Watch

Honestly, we’re not even sure if a smartwatch counts as a clock. What we do know is that each one is a potentially deadly wearable bomb.

6) Grandfather clock

Why do you never see any grandmother clocks? Probably because they were all incinerated by bombs disguised as grandfather clocks.

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7) Atomic clock

A single clock like this could wipe out an entire city. Be afraid.

Photo via nathanmac87/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Miles Klee

Miles Klee

Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions,  and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'