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Author Topic: Ben Franklin's Lightning Experiments Digitized  (Read 4653 times)

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Ben Franklin's Lightning Experiments Digitized
« on: September 17, 2006, 11:59:03 AM »
Benjamin Franklin's 1752 paper, describing his lightning experiments with a kite, is now online (in .pdf format) for a limited time.

Included in this document is Ben Franklin's recipe for cooking a tender turkey.  :D




Note: When reading this document it will be necessary to replace many f-like characters, in your mind, with 's'. (I am sure glad we don't spell like that any more)

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Re: Ben Franklin's Lightning Experiments Digitized
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2006, 06:25:58 PM »
To me that raises the following question:

Why are some of the S letters written like an F but not all of them? There are places that it has both right next to each other. Such as the word "less" written as "lefs." Makes no "fense" to me.


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Re: Ben Franklin's Lightning Experiments Digitized
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2006, 12:38:17 PM »
There were certain rules, obviously and if I remember correctly, it's always the first 's' gets it. I remember a friend of mine and I used to smoke hand-rolled cigarettes and his favorite tobacco brand came in a marshmallow-green tin and was called "Three Castles" except the first 's' looked like an 'f' so we pronounced it (on purpose) "three caftuls"
 Ahh... memories ;D

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Re: Ben Franklin's Lightning Experiments Digitized
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2006, 07:40:24 PM »
if I remember correctly there are three places where "S" can be in a word:

  • at the beginning of a word
  • somewhere in the middle of a word
  • at the end of a word

And for some reason the typesetters of that time chose to make each of those cases look differently.

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Re: Ben Franklin's Lightning Experiments Digitized
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2006, 01:20:44 PM »
Very interesting.