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23 Things That Look Totally Bizarre Under A Microscope

Table salt looks terrifyingly spaceship-like. Photos taken with an electron microscope, via ZEISS Microscopy.

1. Nylon.

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2. White sugar.

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3. Fine salt.

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4. Peppercorn.

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5. Ground black pepper.

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6. Coffee grounds.

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7. Wood.

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8. Ballpoint pen.

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9. Printed paper.

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10. A staple in some paper.

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11. A grain of pollen.

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12. Pollen caught in fabric.

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13. Needle and thread.

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14. The edge of a razor blade.

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15. A moustache hair.

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16. Lots of moustache hairs.

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17. The surface of an old copper penny.

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18. A fruit fly.

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19. More of a fruit fly.

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20. A cloth.

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21. The surface of a ball bearing.

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22. The sticky bit of a post-it note.

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23. Cotton.

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