He Didn't Build a Clock

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: