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Thread #59418   Message #2781588
Posted By: Amos
05-Dec-09 - 05:13 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Rapaire: Well, it answers the question to a degree, but one that falls short of the ultimate Answer.

BTW, did you ever wonder why the electrical storage units in your cellphone and vibrator and toy bunny rabbit were called "batteries", which after all is a violent term? It was Ben Franklin's fault. He was playing with Leyden jars and discovered that (a) the charge was not in the conductor (water) but in the dielectric and (b) that they could be arranged in series. He called the series of Leyden jar cells a battery, borrowing the term from artillery conventions where several guns lined up in a row were called such.