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The famous story of Ben Franklin flying a kite in a lightening storm is not his only experiance with kites. Growning up along the Charles River with a love for swimming, he tinkered with ways to swim faster including making oval paddles for his hands and "a kind of sandals" for his feet as flippers.
One day, he also got a kite up in the air, stripped, then wadded into a pond on his back and let the kite pull him across the pond with another boy carrying his clothes to the other side.
story from Benjamin Franklin: an American Life by Walter Isaacson
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