Curiosity is a powerful force that drives humans to explore the world around us. It’s the reason why we ask questions and venture into the unknown. And sometimes, it leads us to break or open things just to see what’s inside, too.
In this list, Bored Panda gathered some of the most surprising and intriguing cross-sections that we could find. From the inside of a bowling ball to the inner workings of a cactus, these pictures are sure to stir up your interest. We’ve even “cut up” a mechanical calculator to show its complex mechanisms!
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#1 My Dog Finally Finished Her Favorite Toy Tonight, Only To Find There Was A Smaller, Even More Squeaky Toy Inside
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#2 Cross-Section Of Several Different Cables
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The process of taking something apart to understand how it works is called reverse engineering, and there are many reasons why someone (or a company) might do it.
You can reverse engineer consumer products, software, mechanical parts, pieces of technology, or even architectural structures.
When companies employ this practice, engineers usually do it without the original blueprints. While there are many ways to reverse engineer a product, a popular method is to take apart a smaller part of a product and analyze it until you get a thorough understanding of it.
#3 The Squeaker From Inside Her Dog Toy Has Declared Her The Winner
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#4 Picked Up An Old Clam Beside A Lake In South Australia And Found A Small Colony Of Plants Inside, Living Off Of The Nutrients
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#5 The Inside Of This Guitar Looks Like A Really Fancy Apartment
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You can deconstruct (and reconstruct) things in many different areas. Jazz musicians can take apart a song and put the ideas together in a new improvisation of the original. Writers might look at a well-known story and retell it in a new, fresh way.
The musical West Side Story, for example, was based on the storyline from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and James Joyce’s Ulysses is a modern-day retelling of The Odyssey by Homer.
#6 My Firewood Had A Pine Cone Inside The Tree
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#7 The Wine I Ordered Online Came With A Tiny Set Of Dice Packaged Inside A Hollow Cork
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#8 The Inside Of A Cactus
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#9 A Cross-Section Of A Professional Painter’s Palette (6 Months Deep)
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In business, updating older products for current use is also one of the main reasons why people turn to reverse engineering. It could include rebuilding:
- An old or outdated product;
- An expensive product using cheaper or more readily available materials;
- A product that uses mechanical parts that no longer exist;
- Another company’s product to learn about it;
- Reverse engineering helps engineers understand the product’s function, which they can use to create an effective updated version that still meets user requirements.
#10 Inside Of A Mechanical Calculator
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#11 Had To Cut A Sunflower In Half Today At Work, Thought It Might Be Appreciated Here
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#12 The Inside Of My Inflatable Air Mattress
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#13 The Tigers On These Socks Look Like House Cats When Turned Inside Out
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Reverse engineering can also help repair products that are already on the market. This process can be especially helpful if nobody is sure what’s causing the issue. Engineers may also take these products apart to see if there are any ways to fix them or improve functionality with new technology or smarter design. For example, a company may learn that newly available technology can help improve glitching issues within a software application. Through the reverse engineering process, they may also learn that there’s a more efficient way to create the product.
#14 The Inside Of A Pine Cone
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#15 My Sister Found This Tiny Egg Inside Her Hard-Boiled Egg
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#16 The Inside Of An HDMI Cable
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#17 Cross-Section Of Our Painter’s 1-Year-Old Stir Stick
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As writer Eric Braun pointed out, deconstruction also plays a part in teaching something to someone else. In order to pass down the knowledge, you need to understand its components and how they fit together. This comes from focused learning on each aspect of the topic. If a student does not understand something and has a question, the teacher will not be able to convey the topic if they cannot answer it.
#18 This Is A Tree Burning From The Inside In Oregon, USA. Don’t Let The Rain Fool You
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#19 Cut In Half Cables Used In The Golden Gate Bridge
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#20 Elephant’s Foot
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#21 The Inside Of My Red Onion Looks Like A Lotus Flower
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As you can see, you can learn a great deal by taking things apart. However, if you decide to do it, don’t forget to take pics and share them with the rest of us!
For more similar “lessons”, fire up Bored Panda’s earlier publications 30 Photos Of Objects Cut In Half That Reveal The Unseen Side Of Things and 30 Times People Broke Or Opened Things And Were Surprised By What They Found Inside.
#22 What’s Inside The Breast Implant?
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#23 There Was A Billiard Ball Inside Of My Bocce Ball
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#24 I Cut Into A Cantaloupe And The Inside Was Square
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#25 Inside Of A CT Scanner Undergoing Maintenance
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#26 There Was A Bag Of Tiny Dice Inside My Bar Of Soap
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#27 Opened Up A Lighter And There Was Just Another Lighter Inside
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#28 Inside Of This Tomato Looks Like A Perfect Strawberry
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#29 This Cedar Wood That I Was Cutting Had Purple Inside
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#30 Bit Into A Wonderful Surprise Today And Learned About The Delicious Lucy Glo Apple. The Best Apple I Have Ever Had
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#31 Steel Core Inside A “Rubber” Bullet
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#32 Cross-Section Of A Poppy Flower Before Blooming
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#33 Cross-Section Of A Banana Tree Trunk
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#34 Cross-Section Of A Whale Rib
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#35 Inside Of A Hose Looks Like A Water Balloon
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#36 A Bowling Ball With Its Inside Exposed. I Found In The Woods
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#37 The Insides Of A Movie Theater Screen
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#38 The Other Side Of A Fast Food Soda Fountain
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#39 One Of Our Chickens Just Laid A Jumbo Egg With Another Egg Inside
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#40 Manual Focus Camera Lens
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#41 The Stacked Layers Of Anodes And Cathodes Inside Of A Duracell Battery
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#42 Accidentally Cut Open A Cheap Kid’s Baseball With My Lawn Mower
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#43 The Inside Of A Bomb
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#44 The Inside Of This Golf Ball Looks Like A Boiled Egg
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#45 The Inside Of A Fire Alarm Is Just A Simple Switch
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#46 The Die From The Inside Of A Magic 8-Ball
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#47 Repurposed. Kid’s Halloween Snap-On Bracelet Cut Opened, Is Actually A Tape Measure
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#48 The Inside Of An IKEA Desk Top
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#49 Pulled A Paper Wasp Nest From The Corner Of My Shed And It Left A Perfect Cross-Section
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#50 Inside Of The Dinosaur’s Bone
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