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17 Awesome Facts About Batteries to Celebrate National Battery Day

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1. The word "battery" was used by Ben Franklin to describe multiple Leyden jars.

Leyden jars are an old-timey power source. Also, remember when he flew a kite in a storm? That was great.

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2. Ol' Ben borrowed the word from the military word to describe a bunch of weapons working together.

This is a battery of cannons.

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3. Alessandro Volta was the first person to describe an electrochemical battery, though.

When Italy still used the lira, he was on their money! Science money!

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4. John Frederic Daniell, though, made the first practical source of electricity.

He called it the Daniell cell, because all scientists want is GLORY.

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5. Two of the many types of batteries are wet cell and dry cell.

This is nu metal band Dry Cell. They broke up. :(

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6. Today, batteries come in lots of sizes.

Turns out there IS a size B battery - we just don't really have many products that need it!

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7. The southern shore of Manhattan is called The Battery.

As in, "the Bronx is up and the Battery's down." There is a lovely park there called Battery Park.

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8. There is a fish and chip shop in NYC called A Salt and Battery.

Get it? BATTER-y?

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9. There used to be one in St. Lucia, but it closed.

Possibly due to poor typeface choices.

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10. Assault and battery is the combination of two violent crimes: assault (the threat of violence) and battery (physical violence).

Jean-Claude Van Damme frequently commits both in his films, but here he is holding a chihuahua.

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11. *batteries not included is a 1987 film starring Jessica Tandy.

Probably the best film featuring adorable robots until Wall-E gave it a run for its money.

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12. You can make a battery out of potatoes.

A weak one, but it'll power a clock!

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13. Lemons will work well too!

When life gives you lemons, make them into a battery.

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14. A "battery battle" is when you see who's got the least juice.

To determine who gets the charger first. I have my doubts that this is a real thing people do.

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15. The Energizer Bunny began as a response to its rival, the Duracell Bunny.

Duracell Bunny?!?!?! Yup. Duracell forgot to file a renewal on its US trademark, making Energizer North America's only battery brand with a pink bunny mascot.

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16. The world's smallest battery is the size of a grain of sand.

It was made with a 3D printer!

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16. These are cake batteries.

Yum!

To help you really appreciate batteries, try going a whole day without using that something has a battery. Maybe tomorrow - since if you're reading this on your computer, it might be too late!

image: 365 Cake Pops
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