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Daily Comedy 3.13.15

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: Daylight Saving Time – How Is This Still A Thing?




Published on Mar 8, 2015

” Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Daylight Saving Time – How Is This Still A Thing? (HBO)

Daylight saving time doesn’t actually benefit anyone. Strangely, it’s still a thing! “













A Ridiculously Long and Incomplete List of Things Ben Franklin Invented 

 ” We all remember Ben Franklin as a pretty bright guy who discovered some pretty important stuff. The real question is, what didn’t this polymath genius invent?

1742: Observing the wasteful use of firewood in inefficient colonial fireplaces, he designed the Franklin Stove, which used its iron body to diffuse a much larger proportion of the heat. The stove enabled poor families to save money and be warmer in the winter.
1749: Noticing that lightning was attracted to metal and tall objects, Franklin hit on the idea of attaching vertical metal rods to the tops of tall buildings to attract the lightning, thus sparing the roof a direct hit.

1787: Although he never actually built them, during one of his eight Atlantic crossings, Franklin came up with a design for watertight bulkheads that would help limit flooding below deck if a ship’s hull was breached.

Along the way, he also helped develop America’s first fire department, the first library, and the concept of daylight saving time. But perhaps the most remarkable thing about Ben Franklin the inventor was his refusal to patent any of his ideas, so that the widest possible number of people could benefit from them.