Ben Franklin saved countless lives when he invented the Lightning Rod.
Before Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning rod, very few people understood what lightning was. He not only realized it was a form of electricity, but he understood that lightning was a form of energy that could be controlled by redirecting it to the ground.
The most innovative part of his idea was that his Lightning Rods gave the electricity a direct path to the ground, rather than shooting through the buildings they protected. As long as the rod provided a better path to the ground than the structure itself, the building would be safe from the effects of the blast.
While running through a thunderstorm today, I wondered why there still isn't a device that uses Ben Franklin's ideas to protect p... [More]
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