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A Tik-Tok of Ahmed's Clock
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Readers discuss the famous story in the wake of Ahmed Mohamed’s decision to move to Qatar for a full scholarship.

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He Didn't Build a Clock, Cont'd

A reader quotes an earlier one:

The kid didn’t “make” anything; he just pulled an old clock apart and put the remains in a box and brought it to school.

Well, yes, the clock that made Ahmed famous wasn’t much of an invention. The blogger you linked, Ian Tuttle, isn’t exactly much of an investigator, because Ahmed himself said the same thing: “He told Larry Wilmore on The Nightly Show that it took him ‘10 or 20 minutes’ to put it together and that he has built more complicated items, but that the clock was simple, using some parts that were scrapped off so that it was easier.” [CB note: that Nightly Show appearance occurred after Tuttle’s post.]

The clock is the thing that made Ahmed famous, but the reason people are calling him an inventor is because he was:

Many readers are noting that fact—it wasn’t technically a homemade clock—in response to the news that Ahmed Mohamed is moving to Qatar, where he was awarded a full scholarship from the Qatar Foundation to “follow their aspirations in education while fostering a culture of innovation and creativity.” As one reader puts it:

The kid didn’t “make” anything; he just pulled an old clock apart and put the remains in a box and brought it to school.

Bill Maher tackled the homemade clock myth in the segment seen above. A blogger first exposed it a month ago. Ian Tuttle took a shot at analyzing some broader context:

Ahmed’s father, Mohamed Elhassan, is something of a self-appointed Islamic activist. After he debated Koran-burning Florida pastor Terry Jones in 2011, the Washington Post wrote: