Exactly 261 Years Ago, Ben Franklin Flew a Kite in a Lightning Storm

Benjamin Franklin first shocked himself in 1746, while conducting experiments on electricity with found objects from around his house. Six years later and exactly 261 years ago today, the founding father flew a kite attached to a key and a silk ribbon in a thunderstorm and effectively trapped lightning in a jar. The… » 6/10/13 4:42pm 6/10/13 4:42pm