10 Things You Didn’t Know About Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin Portrait

Founding Father? Yes. President? No. Source: Wikimedia

As one of the leading figures of American history, Benjamin Franklin is certainly one of the most interesting as well. He enjoyed a long life filled with countless achievements and colorful adventures. Franklin truly was a polymath, wearing many different hats throughout his life: politician, businessman, civic leader, inventor, author, printer, scientist etc. It’s no surprise that someone with such a distinguished career has so many fascinating stories to tell.

1. He had a knack for pranks. Franklin was never above causing a bit of mischief for his friends and family. When he was a teenager, Ben worked for his older brother’s newspaper, The New-England Courant. When his brother refused to publish one of Ben’s letters, Ben adopted a false identity – that of a widow named Silence Dogood – and started writing letters in her name. These, of course, got published and became pretty popular. Eventually, he put an end to the prank when Mrs. Dogood started receiving marriage proposals from readers.

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A much smaller version of the massive image. Source: Astro Bob

Massive Galaxy Up Close

A zoomed-in view of the Andromeda Galaxy image. Source: Hyperallergic

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