Originally Posted by jaxfl
Actually it is a meth that Ben Franklin with his kite and a key did anything that day. And yes if God sent a bolt of lightening big enough to blow a hole in the hot water tank a surge protector would not prevent damage, but then again, that is an act of God and not a spike in the campground electric system. Oh an by the way, I also can hit a one iron.
I am in awe. I can't hit a wedge 100 yards to the green. And Ben might have been on meth that day when "the loose threads of the hempen string stood erect...............and he applied his knuckle to the key" as described by Joseph Priestly in H. W. Brand's book the First American, page 202. But old Ben was nobody's fool and he got his son William to do the dangerous job of flying the "silken kite" into the storm. A few months later a Frenchman became the first French fry performing the same experiment. This may have been why little William tried to turn his dad into the British a short time later. It's similar to that Afghani sheik who was being interviewed by Barbara Walters who commended him for allowing his wife to lead the way in their long trek from the car to the cemetery they were visiting. She said his enlightened attitude allowing the woman to go first in violation of time honored Arab tradition requiring the woman to follow was heart warming to her. He had a two word reply, "Land Mines." But I agree with you. A grid surge does not compare with a direct lightening strike but instead of investing in a $300 surge protector with enough blinking lights to put the cockpit of the Starship Enterprise to shame I bought USAA.
This little guy is what Ben looked like when he touched his knuckle to the hempen string.
This is what the French guy looked like.