Benjamin Franklin Discovers the Secret Behind Electricity

January 2, 2013

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Most of us know the story of good ole Benjamin Franklin whose constant curiosity led to some of the biggest inventions and discoveries including that lightning is electrical by nature. Apparently, Ben went out one dark and stormy night armed with a kite with a metal key attached to it and poof this led to him inventing the lightning rod.  Which is….?

The lightning rod provides the path of least resistance for electricity to travel from from the air to the ground. Ummm, okay.

There is the myth that Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity which is NOT true. Electricity had already been around for awhile before Franklin became interested in it and started conducting experiments. Harnessing electricity has become essential in the way that we power our modern lives. How do you think batteries work? Or your tv? We live in a world where most of our conveniences are dependent on electrical currents.

Anyway, wouldn’t it be more fun to think of Ben Franklin acquiring the secrets of electricity in an epic duel with Zeus? That’s exactly what the artist Jason Heuser aka sharpwriter thought when he created the image above. Here is the inspiration for his this piece of art.

In 1752 before Ben Franklin invented Pizza, Gameboy, the iPad2 or Mexican food he was contemplating how to conquer electricity. Being the genius he was he  decided go get it at its source, this being Zeus. Strapping himself to a kite, and equipping some homemade lightning claws he ascended through the clouds   and into the realm of the Gods to battle it out with Zeus. This is a 
painting capturing the exact moment the battle started.

I don’t know about you but that sounds pretty cool. Prints of this painting and other historically altered works of art can be found in Jason Heuser’s etsy store.


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