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8 Ordinary Everyday Things That Look Insanely Cool Under A Microscope

Ask any doctor friend what's the most important invention in the field of medical science, and there's almost 100 % chance that he/she will say that it's the microscope. Over the years microscope helped us to understand the complexities of cellular world and thanks to its utility, it made us uncover various solutions of diseases which were plaguing the mankind. We've seen quite a few microscopic illustrations of cells over the years but have you ever wondered how your daily objects look under a microscope? Orange juice, a sperm, a chalk, just exactly what would they look like? Well, today's your lucky day as we would like to show you what these eight everyday objects look under one.

Chalk when seen from naked eyes

For decades, chalk was used in classrooms to spread knowledge to large groups of students, and in the recess to spread the myth that hopscotch was fun. It turns into powder when you use it, so up close it probably just looks like, what, sand or something? It can't be too exciting. But wait?

Chalk under the microscope 

Huh. Apparently, chalk is a bunch of tiny little soccer balls ... if soccer balls were made out of dead bodies, that is.Yes, those weird things are the shells of dead microscopic organisms like foraminifera mixed with the corpses of sea algae. So the next time you see a chalk outline of a murder victim, just know that it was created with the help of about a billion teeny-weeny corpses. It's pretty much the ultimate counter to that circle-of-life crap that Disney likes to shove down our throats.

Kosher Salt when seen from naked eyes

Kosher salt is the slightly chunkier cousin of regular salt, so named due to its ability to soak up the blood of various meats, rendering them kosher. It's pretty much Dracula in salt form.

Kosher Salt under the microscope 

Wait, when did Dracula leave Transylvania and move to an ancient temple? Because that's exactly what a crystal of kosher salt looks like. This isn't food; this is something a tiny little Indiana Jones would invade while searching for long-lost religious artefacts that will melt Nazis' faces off.

Orange Juice when seen from naked eyes

No false advertising here: This is juice, and it is very much orange. No other juice is that straightforward. If you ever call tomato juice "red juice," for example, you're either a baby, insane, or a straw-man we just created for the sake of this joke.

Orange Juice under the microscope 

As it turns out, orange juice only contains the slightest hint of orange. In fact, it looks more like Jackson Pollock's busted windshield than something you pour down your gullet whenever you're sick with the flu.This picture is courtesy of our old friends at Bevshots, who magnify dried droplets of various drinks and then photograph the results. They tend to stick to alcoholic beverages mainly, but occasionally venture into the world of non-booze, as long as you can easily mix it with booze, as is the case here.So now you know; enjoy a tall glass of yellow-purple-blue-green-red-pink-orange-brown-silver glass shards, liquefied into juice form and then turned solid orange somehow, in the morning. It's part of a complete breakfast.

Snow  when seen from naked eyes

Beautiful, precious, unique specks of icy poetry, perfect to romp around in with childlike joy. Or miserable little tundras that cause mass chaos at the grocery store!

Snow under the microscope 

Oh, bullshit; no way that's real. That's one of those construction-paper deals that schoolchildren make when the teacher has a migraine or a hangover, right? Nope, it's very much an actual snowflake in all its microscopic glory.But here's the kicker: It doesn't even look like a real snowflake. 

Mosquito under the microscope 


Mosquito under the microscope 

Let's just say that if you weren't running away from these unlikable pests beforehand, you're about to start real soon. Insect body parts, as seen through a microscope, are pretty much the stuff of horror flicks. Take the tiny fruit fly, for example. Annoying, but hardly menacing, right? But then you look at the above close-up photo of their feet, and they suddenly look like they can fuck up you and everything you love with one well-timed swing.


That's the black-eyed tick, not that it matters much. A tick is a tick, and they all hate you. Now observe the mouth-knife of the deer tick.

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So yeah, ticks fucking stab you, in case you needed one more reason to despise them. But at least their weapon looks cool. 

Sea when seen from naked eyes

It's water. Pretty much the entire planet is made out of it. It's the reason Earth isn't just some barren rock dancing lonely around a gigantic space furnace. It's the No. 1 reason you're alive today unless you drown in it.

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It's not so much the water itself that's freaky; it's the inhabitants. All 247 quadrillion of them (give or take). These are diatoms, a catchall term for the various dead algae bits floating around the ocean and, almost inevitably, down your throat. Yep, if you've ever swallowed seawater, this was your dinner. And, to be fair, some of it looks delicious, especially that doughnut-looking fellow slightly above centre. 

Fly ash when seen from naked eyes

Fly ash is one of those things you see all the time, but probably have no idea what it does. It's ground-up coal that we use to reinforce concrete. So even though it just looks like a bunch of dirt, it's pretty much the only reason sidewalks, streets, and the foundation of your house are still standing. So the next time you see a pile of ash just hanging around, remember to thank it. Just don't get too close, because it's incredibly radioactive.

Fly ash under the microscope 

Fly ash, underneath it all, looks exactly like a dead planet. Its surface is littered with craters and barren, rocky islands of varying shape and size, the lack of atmosphere and sunlight result in a cold, all-black surface. Either that or it's a whimsical bubble machine party.

Shark skin when seen from naked eyes

Sharks are fascinating creatures: They die if they ever stop moving, they can smell one tiny drop of blood in a body of water the size of an Olympic pool, and babies will eat each other in the womb until only one remains. But their skin? It's just dull gray flesh, so who cares, right? Skin has to be the one and only uninteresting part of a shark.

Shark skin under the microscope 

Nope. Their skin is extremely interesting. Namely, because it's made out of teeth. Great holy fuck. This shouldn't be part of an animal. This thing is nothing but teeth. Its teeth are probably covered in tiny teeth. Those small scales, by the way, are called denticles, and they help the shark reduce drag while it swims, allowing it to move around the ocean and eat everything as smoothly as possible.That's all, mates. You can reach out to me on drishti@wittyfeed.com. Stay tuned!