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Steve Wozniak Was Arrested for Building a Fake Bomb

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Would you believe that Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak was arrested for building a fake bomb while he was in high school? For such an innocent and cheerful looking man, this would at first seem impossible, or at least improbable. But if you take the word of the man himself, and some others, this really happened.

Steve Wozniak is best known as one of the co-founders of tech giant Apple. It was his personal development of the Apple I computer, and the genius of Steve Jobs in identifying that Wozniak’s homemade computer was something that had never been seen before, that launched him to fame. But if he was born only 35 years later, one event from his high school years could have prevented this from happening.

Perhaps one of the most recent events of tech being taken the wrong way that springs to mind is the unfortunate event that saw a young Muslim teenager arrested for making a clock and taking it to school to impress his teacher. As just about everyone in the world knows, when Ahmed Mohamed presented his engineering teacher with his clock that he constructed at home, it didn’t really impress his teacher. It did quite the opposite instead. For some weird reason, the teacher and authorities thought that the homemade clock was a homemade bomb. Even though Ahmed presented it as a clock. He was promptly arrested.

Now, as we know, young Ahmed’s story ended well. The story travelled around the world, and gained a huge amount of traction on social networks. The US president, celebrities and scientists from around the world applauded Ahmed on his work. But did you know that Ahmed’s story is a little similar to one of the world’s great engineering minds? Back when he was a teenager himself, Steve Wozniak of Apple fame went through a similar experience. But it’s worth pointing out that unlike Ahmed, he probably deserved what he got.

Not long after the story of Ahmed surfaced, Steve Wozniak revealed that he was arrested for making a fake bomb while in high school. Far out, right? Not true and surely made up. Well, it’s unbelievable true.

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