If you were one of those hands-on children, who would cut in half their new toys just to see what’s inside – this list is for you. There are number of random objects about which we were all wondering “what if I’d cut it open just to see what’s hiding within?” Well, you can put away your knife and scissors now as there are people around the world who have already done it and took pictures of it so that you don’t have to.
Everything from hockey helmets to pearls and baseballs – we’ve got it covered in this extensive list.
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1 Fukang meteorite
This stunning piece of meteorite was found in the mountains near Fukang (hence the name), China back in 2000. The space rock is a pallasite - a type of stony-iron meteorite with olivine crystals. Fukang meteorite is estimated to be approximately 4.5 billion years old - almost the same age as our planet Earth.
2 Cut banana tree trunks
Interestingly, the banana tree is not even a tree per se as the stem does not contain true woody tissue. It is actually a big herbaceous plant with leaves rolled up one over another. The tender core of the banana stems (the so-called banana tree trunk) is widely used in South and Southeast Asian cuisines and the local people there consider the trunk to be a nutritious vegetable.
3 Tortoise skeleton
Tortoises as well as turtles are in fact the only reptiles with hard and bony shells. To no surprise, the shell works as a protective armor from the harm of the environment. The outer layer - carapace - is the shell that we see on the animal and beneath it hides the inner bony layer, then followed (looking down) by the rib bones. The lower shell of the tortoise is called plastron. If you ever were wondering why these lovely animals walk so slow - try imagining walking around yourself with a heavy protective armor, as it most certainly weighs the animal down.
4 Rattle snake rattle
Native to North and South America, rattlesnakes are large venomous snakes, that are experts at hissing as well as their bone-chilling rattle. The rattle itself is hollow and is made of keratin (just like human's fingernails) that is located at the end of the serpent's tail. When the rattlesnake erects its tail and vibrates its muscles, these segments collide with each other, thus producing the rattling sound.
Throughout the centuries, people have deemed pearls as one of the finest materials for jewelry. Their beauty is undeniable and they have become the epitome of rarity and refinement. However, what many people may not know is that the inside of the pearl looks just as beautiful, if not prettier, as the outside of it. Essentially, a pearl is formed when an irritant (usually a parasite) works its way into some type of mollusk. The animal then defends itself by coating the irritant in a fluid. The coating is called 'nacre' and layer upon layer of this coating forms a lustrous, glistening pearl.
6 Firework shell
While we all know that the Chinese had invented fireworks, it seems as if Italians don't get enough credit for the fact that they were the ones who actually introduced colorful fireworks. Not only that, but the Italian pyrotechnicians have also developed aerial shells back in 1830s. As far as the modern fireworks are concerned, the inner anatomy of the aerial shell is the one responsible for the produced firework shape.
7 Adding machine
An essential part of almost every office up until the 1970s, an adding machine is a class of mechanical calculator and was usually used for bookkeeping calculations. As the 70s approached calculators became more widely used and by the early 90s, personal computers took over. Thus, the adding machines were phased out and left most American offices completely by the year 2000.
8 'Mark Twain Tree' sequoia section with historical notations from year 550 to 1891
The first documented sighting of the giant sequoia took place in the spring of 1852, when a hunter named Augustus T. Dowd, entered North Grove woods while chasing down a bear. The trees gained a lot of popularity and a lot of people came forward who wanted to make money out of these wonders of nature. In 1891 the giant "Mark Twain Tree" was cut down. A slice of its trunk was sent to the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and another slice to the British Museum of Natural History in Kensington, London.
9 Section of Golden Gate bridge cable
The Golden Gate Bridge has two main cables. Each cable is composed of an overwhelming amount of 27,572 wires which are bundled into 61 strands. It is not that easy to wrap your head around this fact, but if the wires were one continuous length, they could wrap around the earth over three times.
10 Military tank
Most us are familial with the concept of the military tank - however, it is not widely known that the polite Brits were the ones who introduced it during the World War I. By the early 1916 the prototype of the future tank was introduced. The heavy armored vehicle was used in combat for the first time in the Battle of Flers-Courcelette on 15 September 1916.