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Benjamin Franklin wrote “Fart Proudly”, a scientific essay about farts.
“Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God” was Benjamin Franklin’s suggested motto for the Great Seal of the U.S.
Benjamin Franklin wasn’t trusted to write the Declaration of Independence as it was feared he would put a joke in it.
Benjamin Franklin had an illegitimate son who remained loyal to the British and fled to London after the war. He stayed there for the rest of his life.
Benjamin Franklin published a paper saying America’s population growth was so fast, it would surpass Britain in 100 years. This alarmed British leadership and was a factor in their oppression of the colonies.
Benjamin Franklin was an advocate of “air baths”, during which he would spend up to an hour reading or writing in his house completely naked.
Benjamin Franklin invented the bifocals eyeglasses in 1784.
In 1781, Benjamin Franklin attended a concert in which he narrowly escaped death when the opera house caught fire and burned.
When Benjamin Franklin invented his own harmonica, it became so popular in Europe that Mozart and Beethoven composed music for it.
Benjamin Franklin made 8 voyages across the Atlantic Ocean and was the first to map the Gulf Stream.
Benjamin Franklin never patented any of his inventions. He reasoned that “we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours; and this we should do freely and generously.”
At the age of 11, Benjamin Franklin invented a pair of swim fins. He was later recognized by his induction into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
Benjamin Franklin lived his life by 13 rules which he called “the 13 virtues.” He wrote them when he was 20.
In 1785, Benjamin Franklin was the richest person in the United States.
When electricity was installed in the White House, President Benjamin Harrison and his wife, Caroline, were scared to use the light switches for fear of getting shocked.
Benjamin Franklin proposed a phonetic alphabet that got rid of the letters C,J, Q, W, X, and Y, but the American public refused to adopt it.
When the Declaration of Independence was being drafted, Benjamin Franklin suggested that the word “sacred” be replaced with “self-evident” because he believed that the nation should be founded on reason, not faith.
Benjamin Franklin and Napoleon Bonaparte were beaten by a chess robot, the Mechanical Turk, who toured the world, beating masters and novices alike. However, in reality, it was just a man in a box.
It is believed that London’s Big Ben was named after Sir Benjamin Hall, First Commissioner for Works, whose name is inscribed on the bell. Others attest that the bell was named after Ben Caunt, a champion heavyweight boxer.
Benjamin Franklin left the cities of Boston and Philadelphia $2,000 in his will, but they could not draw the full balance for 200 years. In 1990, the cities received $6.5 million.