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How Ben Franklin took a good idea of compound interest and made it a great idea, resulting in the Franklin Trusts. (Photo: Bigstock)

Of all our nation’s Founding Fathers, perhaps none was more a rascal than Ben Franklin.

That goes without saying because, unlike his fellow rebel elite, Franklin stands alone as the scientist of the group. As we all know, from Galileo to Feynman, scientists make the greatest pranksters. Indeed, if Groucho Marx hadn’t been born to a vaudevillian family, he, too, might have challenged Einstein at the Pantheon of early twentieth century scientists.

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