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. Bored Panda already did a list on how common objects look from unusual perspectives - but this time, we're making the list solely on things that are cross-sectioned. 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 bullets to hockey helmets, from pearls to baseballs - we've got it covered in this extensive list. Scroll down below to see the photos for yourself and don't forget to vote for those, which you liked the most.

#1

Fukang meteorite

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.

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diane a 3 months ago

That is amazing

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#2

Cut banana tree trunks

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.

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Marc 3 months ago

Interesting! I just learned from the internet that those are eatable and often used in Thai soups. I wonder what they taste like.

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Rattle snake rattle

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.

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Marc 3 months ago

Makes me feel uncomfortable. Don't know why. Maybe because it looks like coming from an alien. ;)

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Pearls

Pearls

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.

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Random Things 3 months ago

They look like jawbreakers!

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Bloodwood tree (Pterocarpus angolensis)

Bloodwood tree (Pterocarpus angolensis)

Native to southern Africa, the bloodwood tree is a deciduous tree, meaning that it sheds its leaves seasonally. The sap of the bloodwood is bright red, which leaves no surprise in how the tree got its name in the English language. The Pterocarpus is much valued in Africa, as it provides a beautiful timber which is easy to work with. People use it for building furniture as well as canoes, as the wood does not shrink or swell that much.

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FatBaby 3 months ago

I'm traumatized, I just saw a tree bleed

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#6

Adding machine

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.

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diane a 3 months ago

Wow - would make a cool trainer design - someone tell Kanye.

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'Mark Twain Tree' sequoia section with historical notations from year 550 to 1891

'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.

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Holly Hofmann 3 months ago

This is sad to me.

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Tortoise skeleton

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.

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Marc 3 months ago

This one actually looks interesting to me. Although I would not call it an "everyday object" as stated on the title.

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Poppy capsule

Poppy capsule

The cross sectioned capsule of a poppy may look pretty for some, while for others it may cause an irrational fear just by looking at it (the image is a perfect way to check whether you have trypophobia). Poppies are herbaceous flowering plants, known not only for their looks, but for the drug-producing abilities, as well. Just recently, some rascal parrots have made the headlines, for they have been reportedly rampaging through the poppy farms in India, sometimes making 40 visits a day. The farmers believe that the birds might have become addicted to opium and are flying to farms frequently to get their daily fix of the drug.

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Elizabeth Butler 3 months ago

The seeds turn black when ripe and we eat LOTS of them

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#10

Simulation to what happens when a small space debris object hits a spacecraft

Simulation to what happens when a small space debris object hits a spacecraft

The photograph shows the results of a lab test impact between a small sphere of aluminum travelling at approximately 6.8 km per second (approximately 4.2 miles per second) and a block of aluminum 18 cm (around 7 inches) thick. The diameter of the impact crater is 9cm (3.5 inches), while the depth is 5.3 cm (around 2 inches).

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Nikki Felix 3 months ago

That's actually terrifying...

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#11

Rock in New Zealand

Rock in New Zealand

The rock, called Tokangawhā or Split Apple Rock, is located in a Tasman Bay off the northern coast of the South Island of New Zealand. The fracture of the rock (in geology, it is called joint) has formed naturally - such joints are common in granite and occur due to the exposure to rain and waves. However, the traditional Maori mythology says that the fracture occurred when two gods broke the rock apart.

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aaromal 3 months ago

pac man!

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Tree fern

Tree fern

It is believed that ferns are some of the oldest plants in the world, and a staggering number of 10,560 species of fern are known at the moment. These plants are members of vascular plants group that reproduce via spores. Tree ferns can grow big - up to 25 meters (or 82ft) in height. One of the more interesting facts about ferns is that people during the Victorian times were absolutely obsessed with them. These plants appeared in pottery, wood, metal, textiles, printed paper and sculptures and the obsession has even got its name - a Fern-Fever or Pteridomania.

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diane a 3 months ago

Love the growth patterns.

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'Lasagna' style bulb planting

'Lasagna' style bulb planting

This type of planting is also called double decker bulb planting and it refers to the placement of bulbs within the container. Different bulbs bloom at different points of time, and by planting them all in the same container, the planter is guaranteed to have a whole spring’s worth of successive blossoming.

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Friedlander Rosenzweig 3 months ago

I don’t think this is what Garfield has in mind when he hears the word “lasagne.”

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Hedgehog

Hedgehog

This tiny and incredibly cute creature has somewhere between 5000 and 7000 quills. Muscles along the animal's back can raise and lower them as a response to threatening situations. The inside of the quills are mostly hollow, with a series of complex air chambers making them light but strong.

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3ke 3 months ago

I've never seen a hedgehog skeleton before. This is so fascinating for me in a design sense.

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#15

Firework shell

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.

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Scott Lloyd 3 months ago

I know that was how it looked but man is it still artwork on display.

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Section of Golden Gate bridge cable

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.

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Paul K. Johnson 3 months ago

I've crossed that bridge many times and never had any idea the cables were this big.

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#17

Wasp nest

Wasp nest

It is commonly believed that the wasps are not the friendliest animals out there - but in fact wasps are rarely aggressive unless provoked. There are also a lot - a whole lot - of them, as they live in every corner of the world, except for the icy Antarctica. These buzzers make their papery nests from tree bark. They strip it from certain trees, chew it all up, add certain enzymes and regurgitate it in a pulp form to create their magnificent-looking nests.

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diane a 3 months ago (edited)

Eww - huge wasp-phobia.Although I give them credit for building this from scratch.

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Military tank

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.

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diane a 3 months ago

God no - am not claustrophobic but couldnt handle that.

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Bowling ball

Bowling ball

Inside the ball, you can see an oddly shaped structure, which is called a weight block. It gives the ball the momentum it needs to roll down the lane properly. However, not all manufacturers make the same cores, therefore some are light bulb-shaped, while others are elliptical, and some are even a combination of both.

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Daniel (ShadowDrakken) 3 months ago

One of MANY different core shapes. This is on the higher performance end, but the sub $200 balls often just have an off-center spheroid core.

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#20

CT Scanner

CT Scanner

The scan itself is know as computed tomography scan (formerly referred to as computerized axial tomography scan or CAT scan). It allows the user to see inside the object scanned without doing any actual cutting. The scanner makes use of computer-processed combinations of many X-ray measurements that are taken from different angles - thus, cross-sectional or tomographic images of the scanned object are produced.

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diane a 3 months ago

Scary thing - can see the other part of it in the background. However am sure it has not actually been cut in half - just the outer cover removed.

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#21

Old style Zippo lighter

Old style Zippo lighter

The iconic American brand Zippo has been around since 1933 and due to the quality of its windproof lighters, it is no wonder why they are still so wildly popular all across the globe. The inventor of the lighter - George Blaisdell - was smoking a cigarette on the porch of the Bradford Country Club back in 1932. He noticed a man using a strange lighter from Austria, which had a protective top. George asked the man why he used such a clunky lighter, to which the man replied: “Well, it works.” George then decided to make his own version of the lighter and he called it Zippo, simply because he liked the way word 'zipper' sounds. The first Zippo models were sold in 1933 for $1.95 (a little over $35 in today's money).

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JID RN 3 months ago

My uncle used to fill his lighters with English Leather cologne so the ladies would rememder him. ;)

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#22

Subsea power cable

Subsea power cable

It is essentially a transmission cable for carrying electric power below the surface of the water. Such cables are usually carrying electric power beneath salt water - hence the name subsea, or submarine. However, such cables can be used beneath fresh water also, e.g. like they do to connect the mainland with the islands in the St. Lawrence River in US. The installation of such cables is a hard, tedious and super expensive work and, if necessary, they can be buried as deep, as the mountain Everest is tall.

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Friedlander Rosenzweig 3 months ago

Lights out tonight!

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#23

Cactus

Cactus

There are approximately 2000 different species of cactus and they differ in size, shape, color and their type of habitat. Obviously enough, cacti have spines instead of leaves. The spines have two major functions: they prevent loss of water via transpiration and keep the plant safe from animals. What is interesting though, is that certain cacti produce substance called mescaline which induces hallucinogenic effects.

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curiositee 3 months ago

Reminds me of looking at a bacteria or something

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Canon camera

Canon camera

Back in 2014, the very first Canon camera celebrated its 80th birthday. At first, the camera was called Kwanon and it was named after Kwannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. The engineers hoped this would entice the god to, “share her benevolence as they pursued their dream to produce the world’s finest camera.”

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Donald Simpson 3 months ago

Actually, it is a Nikon...

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Fragmentation grenade

Fragmentation grenade

This type of grenade got its name for a reason - such hand grenades send out lots of very fast and very small fragments when they explode. Its body is usually made of a hard synthetic material or steel - the materials provide some fragmentation as shards and splinters. However, in modern grenades, a pre-formed fragmentation matrix is often used.

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Paul K. Johnson 3 months ago

I've known how these are made for a long time and it always cracks me up in the movies when a fragmentation grenade causes a massive explosion and firebomb. They're actually pretty boring when they blow up - just a bang and some smoke. Then the fragments fly everywhere with the intent of putting enemy soldiers out of the fight.

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Vaccine Container (The "Keg Of Life")

Vaccine Container (The "Keg Of Life")

The container has two metal layers between which there is a high vacuum, which helps in reducing the convective heat losses. The material which resembles foil, is used to reduce radiative heat losses. The foam in the corners absorbs the shock from drops, while the blue plastic containers are filled with ice, and the foam in the middle is a removable element which allows the healthcare worker to reach in and access the vaccines.

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Unicornlover 3 months ago

Anti-vaxs will not like this

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Mechanical calculator

Mechanical calculator

As incredible as it sounds, the mechanical calculator with a sophisticated carry mechanism, was invented back in 1642 by Blaise Pascal. After producing fifty prototypes over the course of three years, he finally introduced it to the public. This machine could add and subtract two numbers directly and multiply and divide by repetition.

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diane a 3 months ago

Now that IS complicated. How on earth did anyone even begin to invent this?

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Leica Summicron lens

Leica Summicron lens

The full name of the lens is Leica Tri-Elmar-M 28-35-50mm and it was released back in 1998. What is special about the lens, is that they are aspherical (a lens whose surface profiles are not portions of a sphere or cylinder). They were only produced for 9 years, from 1998 through 2007, due to the incredibly complicated design and expensive manufacture of it. You can still buy used lens on Ebay, but, as you can guess, the price of it is quite steep.

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diane a 3 months ago (edited)

Expensive lens - can see now why they cost so much. Just googled it - the most costly Summicron lens I saw was $22,000. Not exactly an "everyday object"

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#29

Accordion

Accordion

It is a musical instrument which falls in the wind family. Accordion was invented in Germany, in the early 19th century by Friedrich Buschmann. In German the instrument was referred to as the Akkordeon, a name derived from the word 'Akkord' which means 'musical chord, concord of sounds'.

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Friedlander Rosenzweig 3 months ago

Poor Al Yakovic! Somewhere, somehow, he felt a ping.

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Land Rover

Land Rover

The original Land Rover was designed by an engineer Maurice Wilks who modeled it after the US-made Jeeps from the Second World War. Maurice decided to keep the vehicle's layout simple and more tractor-like, as it was conceived as an agricultural vehicle, so he put the steering wheel in the middle. It also meant that Rover could dodge the nuisance of building two different versions of the same vehicle for left-hand and right-hand drive markets.

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Jaguarundi 3 months ago

More crazy expensive salvage!

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