A man debunked the official story behind the “Clock Kid” by building a near-exact copy of Ahmed Mohamed’s clock in about 20 seconds using the guts of a store-bought clock and a briefcase.
As the story goes, Ahmed, a 14-year-old Muslim high school student in Irving, Texas, took his “homemade” clock to school to impress his engineering teacher and was arrested after another teacher thought the clock was a bomb.
“This video challenges that the clock was homemade by showing a nearly identical package being prepared in about 20 seconds,” the video’s description reads.
The clock in the video is a near-perfect clone of the clock Ahmed took to class, including the 9V battery hook-up, the wall cord and the snooze button.
In other words, Ahmed didn’t build a clock but rather ripped the guts out of a store-bought clock and shoved them into a suitcase he took to school.
Ahmed’s clock was likely a Micronta 63-765A sold by Radio Shack in the 1970s, according to Anthony DiPasquale, an electronics expert art Artvoice.com.
“The shape and design is a dead give away… The large screen… The buttons on the front laid out horizontally would have been on a separate board – a large snooze button, four control buttons, and two switches to turn the alarm on and off, and choose two brightness levels,” he wrote. “The clock features a 9v battery back-up, and a switch on the rear allows the owner to choose between 12 and 24 hour time (features like a battery back-up, and a 24 hour time selection seems awful superfluous for a hobby project, don’t you think?)”
“Oh, and that ‘M’ logo on the circuit board mentioned above? Micronta.”
It’s unlikely a hobbyist would silkscreen company logos and part numbers on the circuit boards in a homemade clock, DiPasquale added.
“It’s pretty safe to say already we’re looking at ’70s tech, mass produced in a factory,” he concluded.
What’s really telling is how the mainstream media is running to Ahmed’s defense despite the overwhelming evidence debunking his story.
“Whether Ahmed ‘invented’ a clock or merely reassembled the various components of what was already a clock is really beside the point,” Robby Soave at Reason.com claimed. “Frankly, it just doesn’t matter; of course a 14-year-old is going to use the word ‘invention’ a little more loosely than the U.S. Patent Office.”
Of course it matters because Amhed’s father, Mohamed El-Hassan Mohamed, is a well-known Muslim apologist who has previously been involved in other stunts to call people out for being “Islamiphobic” and the evidence suggests the Mohameds reassembled the clock to look like a suitcase bomb so they could claim Ahmed was “racially profiled.”
“If the parents were involved in the hoax, now you now have a fraud going on because money has been collected on false pretenses,” former New Jersey Superior Court Judge Andrew Napolitano said, referring to the gifts and scholarships Ahmed has since received.