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Benjamin Franklin, Inventor of Electricity! - FAKE NEWS

Let's face it, if Benjamin Franklin really had invented electricity, he'd be the first person to tell you not to fly kites in a thunderstorm. Yet, here we are, centuries later, still marveling at the tale of Franklin and his electrifying kite experiment.



statue of ben franklin, philadelphia

The truth? He didn't invent electricity, but he did give us some shocking insights (pun intended).

Picture this: Philadelphia, 1752, a man with a penchant for experiments and a questionable sense of outdoor safety decides to attach a metal key to a kite. Sounds like the premise for Netflix' latest Adam Sandler comedy, right? But for Franklin, it was serious business. He wasn't trying to invent electricity; he was trying to understand it. And understand it, he did. His kite experiment demonstrated that lightning is a form of electricity, a fact not widely known back then.


a building with a ben franklin lightning rod struck by lightning
Franklin lightning Rod in Action

Now, let's zap into the details. Franklin's daring foray into meteorological research led to the invention of the lightning rod, as stated by the Franklin Institute located in Philadelphia, PA. This wasn't just a stroke of genius; it was a lifesaving tool that protected buildings from lightning damage.

So, why do people still think Franklin invented electricity? Well, he made it famous. Before his experiments, electricity was like that one hit wonder band from the 90s – everyone sort of knew about it, but no one really paid attention. Shocking, right? (sorry)


For the curious minds in your elementary school who want to dive deeper into the lives of great inventors like Ben Franklin, SchoolAssemblies.com offers a school assembly program called TIME-TRAVELING INVENTORS. It's a fantastic way to spark your kids' interest in science and history, minus any risk of actual sparks.


But back to our main man Ben. He used his inventions and discoveries not just for giggles but to benefit society. His lightning rod invention didn't just prevent fires; it symbolized a new era of understanding the natural world. Imagine if Instagram were around back then – #FranklinLightningChallenge would be trending!

In conclusion, while Benjamin Franklin didn't invent electricity, his kite experiment was a key moment (pun still intended) in understanding and harnessing this natural force. It’s a reminder that sometimes, the most electrifying discoveries come from asking simple questions about the world around us.

So, parents, as you unplug from today’s tech-heavy world and tuck your little inventors into bed, ask yourself: What lightning bolt of curiosity will strike your kids next?

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