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All seeing eye: This symbol is the eye of God, also known as the eye of providence. On the dollar bill, the eye is floating above an unfinished pyramid with 13 steps, meant to represent the original thirteen states of the Union.

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At 12, Franklin became an apprentice to his brother James, a printer, who taught Ben the printing trade. When denied the chance to write an essay for the paper, Franklin, 17,  adopted the pen name of "Silence Dogood", a middle-aged widow. He slid his essays under the door and his brother unwittingly published them.  Mrs. Dogood's letters were widely praised and became a subject of conversation around town. 

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Ben Franklin’s curious nature led him to many scientific experiments. To test his theory about electricity and conductors, Ben and his son, flew a kite with key in a lightning storm. When the kite collected ambient electrical charge from the storm, the charge transferred to the metal key. Ben felt a zing of electricity, confirming that lightening is in fact electrically charged and that metal is a conductor.

Despite creating some very popular inventions of the modern world, Franklin never patented any of them. He believed any invention that can improve the life of man should be shared freely: "That as we enjoy great advantages from the Inventions of others, we should be glad of an Opportunity to serve others…”

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Ben Franklin spent many of his later years living in France, alongside John Adams, politically representing the United States. John Adams pointed out that “I taught myself the French language through reading textbooks by candle-light, Ben learned the French language from the pillow-talk of his French mistresses.”

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Pennsylvania winters in colonial times were brutal. Franklin designed a stove to heat homes better, with less smoke and using less fuel. “The Franklin Stove” is still used to this day.

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The ‘Join or Die’ drawing by Franklin was published in his own newspaper and then spread with its message to other colonial periodicals. This image is still relevant, depicting our need to be united against any enemy.

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The Declaration of Independence was signed with a goose flight feather quill.  Ben Franklin was left-handed, and as a writer, writing in wet ink was tricky. Quills for left-handed writers are made from the right wing. 

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“It’s all about the Benjamins Baby.” -Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs. 

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The time on this Rolex Daytona is 7:04. The secondary dials point to 17,7,6.