Thursday, October 11, 2007

Benjamin Franklin and his Electric Tricks

By our Historical Information Officer

There was a Dutchman, in the time of Benjamin Franklin, who was living in the city of Leyden, Holland. He found a way of bottling up electricity in jars which were called Leyden Jars. Franklin had one of these jars, and he never got tired of seeing what he could do with it. One time, he made a picture of the King of England, with a removable crown on his head, with a cord connected to the jar. When he wanted to have some fun, he would ask a man to come and remove the crown. The man would say, "that is easy to do." But when he touched it, he got an electric shock, and he would jump back, not knowing what had hurt him.
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