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BRISTOL ZOO ENGLAND
From the London times: "A Well-PLaned Retirement" a perfect example government mismanagement.
Outside England's Bristol Zoo there is a parking lot for 150 cars & 8 buses. For 25 Years, it's parking fees were managed by a very pleasant attendant. the fees were cars 1 pound 40, for buses about 7 pounds.
Then, one day, after 25 solid years of never missing a day of work, he just did not show up; so the Zoo management called the City Council & asked it to send them another parking agent.
The Council did some research & replied that the parking lot was the zoo's own responsibility.
The Zoo advised the Council that the attendant was a City employee.
The City Council responded that the lot attendant had never been on the City payroll.
Meanwhile, sitting in his villa somewhere on the coast of Spain or France or Italy...
is a man who'd apparently had a ticket machine installed completely on his own & then had simply begun to show up every day,commencing to collect & keep the parking fees, estimated at about 560 pounds per day for- - 25 years.
assuming 7 days a week,this amounts to just over 7 million pounds... & no one even knows his name.
Shaw & Churchill
George Bernard Shaw extended an invitation to winston churchill to the opening nite of one of his plays.
Shaw sent the following note:
"have reserved 2 tickets for opening nite. come and bring a friend if you have one."
Churchill upon receiving the invitation, not to be undone promptly fired back with his own missive:
"impossible to come to first nite,but will come to 2d nite if you have one".
BEN FRANKLIN DISCOVERY OF ELECTRICITY
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WAS ONE OF THE MOST INOVATIVE AMERICANS OF ALL TIME.
IN DEED, HIS WORK & EXPERIMENTS RESULTED IN MANY IMPORTANT DISCOVERIES & INVENTIONS INCLUDING ELECTRICITY,BIFOCAL GLASSES, A USABLE BATTERY & MANY MORE.
BEN FRANKLIN BELIEVED ELECTRICITY COULD BE HARNESSED FROM LIGHTNING.
IN 1752,HE DEVISED AN EXPERIMENT TO TEST HIS THEORY.
FRANKLIN ORIGINALLY WANTED TO TEST HIS THEORY ATOP A SPIRE THAT WAS TO BE BUILT ON A PHILADELPHIA CHURCH.
AS HE GAVE THOUGHT TO CARRYING OUT THE EXPERIMENT, HE REALIZED THAT HIS THEORY COULD BE BETTER TESTED BY USING A MOBILE KITE,RATHER THAN A STATIONARY SPIRE.
FRANKLIN PREPARED THE KITE BY TYING A HANDKERCHIEF TO 2 CROSSED STICKS OF PROPER LENGTH. EXTENDING VERTICALLY ABOUT A FOOT FROM THE VERTICAL STICK WAS A WIRE.
THE KITE WAS LAUNCHED INTO THE AIR HELD BY A STRING. ALONG THE STRING HE SECURED A METAL KEY THAT HE HOPED WOULD CAPTURE & CONDUCT ELECTRICITY.
FRANKLIN'S THEORY WAS THAT THE WIRE WOULD DRAW iN HIS WORDS "ELECTRIC FIRE" FROM THE THUNDER CLOUDS WHICH WOULD THEN BE CONDUCTED THROUGH THE KITE & BE CONTAINED IN THE METAL KEY.
FRANKLIN SELECTED A RATHER SECLUDED FIELD IN PHILADELPHIA EQUIPPED WITH A SHED TO CONDUCT HIS EXPERIMENT.
FRANKLIN'S FEAR & VANITY
FRANKLIN FEARED HE WOULD BE RIDICULED & MADE THE SUBJECT OF LAUGHFTER IF HIS EXPERIMENT FAILED. TO AVOID THIS HE ONLY TOLD HIS 21 YEAR OLD SON WHO HAD HELPED HIM WITH THE KITE'S CONSTRUCTION.
THEY WENT TO THE SECLUDED FIELD FLEW THE KITE INTO THE SKY WHILE SOME MENACING CLOUDS PASSED OVERHEAD & NOTHING HAPPENED. HE CONTINUED TO WAIT WITH NOTHING NO RESAULTS.
FRANKLIN BECAME DISCOURAGED & WAS ABOUT TO GO HOME & CALL IT A DAY
WHEN SUDDENLY,HE OBSEVED SOME THREADS OF THE KITE STRING STANDING ERRECT.
HE CORRECTLY BELEIVED THE CAUSE TO BE THE ELECTRICAL CURRENT HE SOUGHT.
HE EXTENDED HIS KNUCKLE TO THE KEY & HIS SURPRISE RECEIVED A SCHOCK.
WITH PROOF OF HIS SUCCESS IN HAND HE THEN CALLED IN WITNESSES & REPEATED THE EXPERIMENT SUCCESSFULLY.
BASED ON THIS LANDMARK EXPERIMENT,FRANKLIN WENT ON TO CONSTRUCT & INSTALL THE THE FIRST LIGHTNING ROD IN HIS OWN HOUSE.
THE LIGHTNING RODS FRANKLIN BUILT IN HIS HOUSE TO ATTRACT ELECTRICITY
WERE ATTACHED TO A SYSTEM OF BELLS THAT WOULD RING THROUGHOUT HIS HOUSE EACH TIME ELECTRICITY HAD BEEN ATTRACTED. THE SPARKS PRODUCED WOULD ILLUMINATE HIS HOUSE.
FRANKLIN'S EXPERIMENTS WERE VITAL TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COMMON BATTERY IN USE TODAY.
"A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS"
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WAS NOT ONLY A SELF MADE MAN BORN 1 OF 11 CHILDREN INTO A POOR FAMILY HE WAS "A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS". BY HIS 40'S HE WAS ONE OF WEALTHIEST MEN IN THE COLONIES.
A PRINTER BY TRADE,HE WAS A PUBLISHER OF NEWSPAPERS,POOR RICHARDS ALMANAC ETC,AUTHOR,DIPLOMAT,SCIENTIST& INVENTOR.
ONE OF THE FOREMOST OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS WHO TOOK PART IN DRAFTING THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE WITH THOMAS JEFFERSON.