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 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.”

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.

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.