An Open Letter to Benjamin Franklin

by Amy Lindorff

Dear Benjamin Franklin,

Hey, silly guy. Remember in 1781 when you wrote an essay about farts? Well, I just learned about it. Somehow, my beloved AP US History teacher failed to mention this back in high school. What if it had been on the test?! But at least I know now. I also now know that in the essay you referred to a fart as “a great quantity of wind” and ended the essay by calling a farthing a “FART-HING.”

Bless you, Ben Franklin.