Dom, a wiley purple diamond, balls his fist as he glares at a watermelon in his other hand.

"Men and melons are hard to know."

- Benjamin Franklin

It's bananas how impressive Benjamin Franklin was and how famous he became during his lifetime. He ran away from Boston as a teenager with lint in his pockets and became one of the most wealthy, influential men on the planet.

Newspaper man and Post Master that controlled the flow of information in the American colonies? Check. ✅

Inventor of a heat efficient stove, bifocal lenses, and a totally new kind of musical instrument played for royalty and used by Mozart? Check. ✅

Mozart’s Bega Tricks
Deep cuts from the Salzburg wunderkind.

Scientist that rocked existing theories of electricity, was a major influence on the new fields of demography and physics, and mapped the Gulf Stream? Check. ✅

Writer, humorist, philosopher, diplomat, and intellectual that brought us phrases we still use today? Check. ✅

Even now his accomplishments trounce the efforts of your average modern celebrity. Compared to his contemporaries? Benjamin Franklin had the bingo card of life fully stamped and was doing wheelies in the parking lot.

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