Thursday, January 12, 2012

Faith, Hope, and Charity

If America's founding fathers were anything, they were critical thinkers.
Note: f = German "s" so fenfe = sense &c.

Old Ben Franklin was at the top of his game when America was being hatched.
Some of his most creative writings - as published in the Pennsylvania Gazette or Poor Richard's Almanack - were collected in the above book which I recommend to everyone who is not recovering from a recent surgery.

An excerpt is posted for your edification. Click on each image for a larger view.

Ever the wise-guy, Franklin declared the timely death of his competition in the "Courteous Reader_," (forward) of:
Poor Richard's Almanack, 1733
Poor Richard's Almanack, 1734
Poor Richard's Almanack, 1735
Poor Richard's Almanack, 1736
a joke that lasted FOUR YEARS running!
“Richard Saunder” was an astrologer and almanac writer of the previous century in England! Even THE AUTHORSHIP was a twisted parody. It's not Leeds, but Saunder that is dead!
Note the "year of publication" above. From the beginning, Franklin was making a parody of both the "errors in astrology" and "since the creation" beliefs.

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