Benjamin Franklin facts

Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God” was Benjamin Franklin’s suggested motto for the Great Seal of the U.S.

In 1781, Benjamin Franklin attended a concert in which he narrowly escaped death when the opera house caught fire and burned.

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 wrote “Fart Proudly”, a scientific essay about farts.

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 attempted to abolish slavery already in 1790.

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.

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.

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