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Episode 2.15 6/10/16 - Let’s Go Fly a Kite - Those Lying Bastards

Episode 2.15 6/10/16 - Let’s Go Fly a Kite - Those Lying Bastards

A couple years before a snot nosed George started a war that cost the lives of millions, Bennie was thinking about electricity. We’d had some understanding of electricity for some time, the Egyptians, spoke of a thunder fish that protected other fish with their shocks. The Parthians were believed to have rigged up an electrode cell to electroplate gold onto silver. But it wasn’t until William gilbert was able to manufacture a static charge on an amber rod that scientific inquiry began on the electrical phenomenon. It took another hundred forty odd years before anyone figured out how to store the damn stuff.

Pieter van Musschenbroek of Leiden invented a jar that contained an electrode, connected to another electrode on the outside of the jar. Toss your’ spark at the exterior contact, and it is transmitted inside to be stored for later. Ben found this fascinating, and began experiments of his own. He’d been a successful printer to that point, but tired of the racket. So he sold h

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