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A 1776 excerpt from John Adam’s diary where he describes the time he had to share a tiny bed with Benjamin Franklin and, instead of sleeping, they had an argument about whether to keep the windows open or closed. Franklin eventually won the argument when Adams got too tired and fell asleep.(r/history)
This was during the beginning of the American Revolution when both men were traveling through New Jersey enroute to negotiate with the British. Sharing beds was very common at the time, but its hilarious to imagine these two brilliant statesmen sharing a little bed together and arguing about the window like a married couple. I’m so happy Adams included this detail in his diary for posterity. It makes me think about how many other fascinating and funny little stories like this from history that we will never know about.
Edit: Since this is blowing up, I wanted to share my favorite Benjamin Franklin essay, which is actually one big fart joke. He was easily the funniest of the Founding Fathers and he loved a good dirty joke. In 1781, 5 years after sharing that tiny little bed with John Adams, Franklin was the United States Ambassador in France. 75 years old, he was huge celebrity in Paris where everyone knew of his scientific discoveries and his work in the American Revolution. He followed the scientific community of Europe, but he found it pretentious and unwilling to address practical questions that would improve society. His answer was to write a satirical…