How It Works

What On Earth Is It? – #10

After travelling back in time from How It Works’ 100th birthday celebration in the year 2109 I learnt two things. Firstly, Editorbot and Copybot sure know how to party and, secondly, What On Earth Is It? is now a global eSport. So not wanting to tear a hole in the space-time continuum, here is the first of this month’s specimens.

Oh crumbs! The How It Works time machine must have short circuited and brought back a baby stegosaurus from the Late Jurassic period. Oh no! It’s found the office’s stash of fresh apples! Back baby stegosaurus! Back! This is going to get messy…

Anyway, if you think you know what it really is, or – even better – you have a hilariously silly concept of what it might be (but definitely isn’t), drop us a line and get your suggestion printed in the magazine next month.

All aboard HMS Clue: Guessing at what this really is may make you a little crabby.




  • Mustafa

    It’s a limulus!

  • William Rendall

    A part of a Spinosaurus!!

  • Overly complicated toothpick holder?

  • Ben Swindell

    A fish with a spiky hair style?

  • Don Knight

    Anyone for horseshoes? Not sure how you would play horseshoes with this horseshoe crab
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_shoe_crab

  • Hannah E.

    A spiny, man-eating monster fish

  • Farzaan Malik

    A demented Hedgehog?

  • isaac

    a man eating crab

  • Arron

    Is it a triop

  • Andreas

    I know one thing: it has thorns!

  • FK Goff

    Microscopic close up of a louse.