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Benjamin Franklin wrote “Fart Proudly”, a scientific essay about farts.
Elvis Presley bought Franklin Roosevelt’s presidential yacht, the Potomac, for US$55,000.
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.
Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first presidential candidate whose mother was legally eligible to vote for him.
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.
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.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt kept a total of 11 dogs at the White House during his 12 years and one month in residence.
Photographers were not allowed to take pictures of Franklin D. Roosevelt in a wheelchair.
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.