Where eagles dare

In addition to being a renowned statesman and one of the Founding Fathers of our country, Benjamin Franklin was also a scientist and inventor, being credited with inventing bifocals, the lightening rod, the flexible urinary catheter, and swim fins, among many other discoveries. Although he was not overfond of the Bald Eagle (he considered it a “Bird of bad moral Character”), one thing Franklin did not do was propose that the turkey be our national bird. He only felt the turkey to be a “much more respectable Bird, and . . . a Bird of Courage.”034