Not many people remember that Franklin was an inventor . . . and a good one, too! He also did some pioneering work in physics.
Zap... zap... zap... No, Ben Franklin was not struck by lightning.
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What Ben actually did in his famous 1752 experiment was to cause some excess electrical charge near a storm cloud to ground out through his kite string–still an impressive demonstration, but a much less powerful prospect than an actual lightning strike.