"I tried to kill a turkey, but instead nearly killed a goose." Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin was nearly killed by his early experiments with lightning; he survived only because he luckily didn't receive a strong enough charge. Twice he was knocked senseless - once when he attempted to treat a paralyzed man with electric shock, and another time preparing to kill a turkey by electric shock. In both cases Ben managed to take the whole charge through his hands and arms. He described the feeling as an "unusual blow throughout my whole body from head to foot after which the first thing I took noticeof was a violent quick shaking of my body, which gradually remitting, my senses as gradually returned".
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