Steve Wozniak spent a night in jail for making a fake bomb in high school

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After the uproar surrounding the recent episode that saw Ahmed Mohamed, a young teenager, handcuffed for bringing a homemade clock that was mistaken for a bomb to school, major leaders from Obama to Mark Zuckerberg reached out to the boy to congratulate him and ask him to meet.

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Steve Wozniak spent a night in jail for making a fake bomb in high school
Portrait of American businessmen and engineers Steve Jobs (left) and Steve Wozniak, co-founders of Apple Computer Inc, at the first West Coast Computer Faire, where the Apple II computer was debuted, in Brooks Hall, San Francisco, California, April 16th or 17th, 1977. (Photo by Tom Munnecke/Getty Images)
Singer Steve Wozniak is shown during a news conference in Los Angeles, Ca., Friday, Aug. 27, 1982. US Festival organizers and performers discussed the three-day labor day weekend festival. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon)
DEVORE, CA - MAY 28 : Apple Computers Co-founder Steve 'the Woz' Wozniak gives a 'thumbs-up' during the multi-day US FESTIVAL, May 28, 1983 at Glen Helen Regional Park in Devore, California. (Photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)
10-1984, MAR 15 1987; Wozniak, Steve - Computers; (Photo By Lyn Alweis/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Steve Wozniak holds his 6-month-old son, Jesse John Clark, at a news conference in Los Angeles, Ca., Tuesday, March 22, 1983. Wozniak and the UNUSON organization announced plans for a second U.S. Festival, a giant rock music and computer technology celebration, near San Bernardino, Ca. (AP Photo/Wally Fong)
Steve Jobs, left, chairman of Apple Computers, John Sculley, center, president and CEO, and Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, unveil the new Apple IIc computer in San Francisco, April 24, 1984. (AP Photo/Sal Veder)
Steve Wozniak, creator of Apple's first computer, sits by the new Apple IIgs in Cupertino, Calif., on Sept. 16, 1986. (AP Photo/Steve Castillo)
Fred Rogers, Right, Creator Of The Famed 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood' Children's Television Show, Presents His Trademark Sweater To Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder Of Apple Computer, Friday, April 30, 1999, At The Children's Discovery Museum In San Jose, Calif. Rogers Was Awarded The First Ever Legacy For Children Award By The Museum, Of Which Wozniak Is A Major Benefactor, At A Ceremony For 750 Silicon Valley Corporate, Community And Educational Leaders. (Photo By Getty Images)
ADVANCE FOR SATURDAY FEB. 2-- Steve Wozniak, member of the board of directors of Danger Inc., holds up thei company's multi-function handheld device at Danger's offices in Palo Alto, Calif., Friday, Jan. 18, 2002. The device combines a cell phone, Web.browsing, instant messaging and e-mail in one mobile unit. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
SAN FRANCISCO - JANUARY 7: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak speaks during a panel discussion at Macworld January 7, 2003 in San Francisco. Apple announced new 17-inch and 12-inch powerbooks as well as several new software updates. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Apple Computer co-founder, Steve Wozniak, speaks to the media after donating a check for $10,000 to the Humane Society Silicon Valley on September 15, 2005 in Santa Clara, California. With almost 1,000 displaced dogs and cats set to come into the bay area for temporary shelter, people have been coming forward with cash donations and volunteering time at the shelters around the bay area. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
Apple, Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak waits outside a Santa Clara, Calif., Apple retail store to buy an iPhone on Friday, June 29, 2007. Wearing an iPhone shirt created by friends, Woziak arrived around 4 a.m. to await the first sales of the phone at 6 p.m. local time. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak poses for photographers as he arrives for a cocktail party kicking off AOL becoming an independent company at the New York Stock Exchange in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak holds up his new Apple iPhone 4S as he walks out of the Apple store in Los Gatos, Calif., Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. Wozniak waited 20 hours in line to be the first Apple customer at the Los Gatos Apple store to buy the new iPhone. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, delivers a commencement speech at the University of California at Berkeley on Saturday, May 18, 2013 in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
FILE - This is a Thursday, July 4, 2013 file photo of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak as he speaks during the digital festival TagDF in Mexico City. Scientists and tech experts including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Stephen Hawking warned Tuesday July 28, 2015 of a global arms race with weapons using artificial intelligence. (AP Photo/ Marco Ugarte/File)
Steve Wozniak on stage at National Geographic Channel 2015 Winter TCA on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 14: Drew Carey guest hosted THE LATE LATE SHOW, with guest Steve Wozniak on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 (12:37 -- 1:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - JANUARY 24: Engineer Steve Wozniak attends the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 24, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc. and chief scientist of Primary Data, speaks at Telcel's Digital Village, hosted by Telmex and powered by Infinitum, in Mexico City, Mexico, on Friday, July 24, 2015. Telcel's Digital Village - Infinitum offers visitors free courses, workshops, conferences and contests. Photographer: Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Steve Wozniak attends Outside Lands Music Festival at Golden Gate Park on Saturday, August 8, 2015, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)

Looking back a few years, a story emerged showing that Ahmed is not the first genius that got a school worried about a homemade device that looked like a bomb. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was apparently arrested when he was in high school for pranking the principal with a "ticking" device he placed in a locker.

According to Steve Jobs' biography narrating an anecdote regarding Wozniak, in twelfth grade he built an electronic metronome and after realizing it sounded like a bomb, the teenager decided to make it look like one. Wozniak taped two big batteries to the side of the device and hid the final product in a school's locker. Later that day he was brought to the principal's office, where the police confronted him and had him spend the night in a juvenile detention center.

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