Have you ever had the urge to take something apart, just to know what makes it tick? So have we. Thankfully, the good people of the internet have done the hard part for us. As humans, we love symmetry, and that means the inner-workings of our creations can be revealed by neatly slicing them in half. Check out some of the coolest photos of dissected objects we’ve found around the web – from watches and padlocks to artillery shells, tanks, and even a few objects from the natural world.
British WWI 18 Pounder Shrapnel Shell
Unlike high explosives, shrapnel shells could safely be employed in tandem with an infantry assault, making them the British Army’s preferred artillery during World War I. Those little balls would fly around with lethal force after the shell detonated, suppressing the enemy until ground troops could enter the trench.