was a lot cooler than most folks today realize, although back in his day he was wildly popular
. (He was even an inadvertent trendsetter in France, starting a fad for hairstyles that resembled his fur cap.) He was the ultimate polymath, a passionate scientist, inventor
, printer, writer, prankster, activist (please look into the story of Silence Dogood
) and so much more. Among other things, Franklin invented bifocals, the lightning rod, and even swim fins, and we have him to thank for modern institutions we still rely upon today such as libraries, fire stations, and even daylight saving time
. The contributions of this founding father are staggering, but perhaps it's his wisdom and his sayings that have ultimately made the greatest contribution to our society.