Things You Didn’t Know Were Invented By Benjamin Franklin

One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, a drafter and signer of the United States Declaration of Independence, and the first United States postmaster general, Benjamin Franklin was a lot of things. He was a writer, scientist, statesman, diplomat, printer, publisher, political philosopher, and inventor. Some of his most famous inventions are the lightning rod, bifocal glasses and the Franklin stove – but there are so many other things that you may not know were created by Benjamin Franklin.

Swimming Fins

His first documented invention was swimming fins. At age 11, Franklin made a pair of oval wooden planks with holes in the center for his thumbs. He used those for extra thrust while swimming.

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