Su­per­sti­tions of the Rich & Fa­mous

From the book RECIPES FOR GOOD LUCK

Reader's Digest - - Front Page - IL­LUS­TRA­TIONS AND TEXT BY ELLEN WE­IN­STEIN FROM THE BOOK RECIPES FOR GOOD LUCK

Ben­jamin Franklin

AN ODD MORN­ING RIT­UAL

Au­thor, in­ven­tor, diplo­mat, and sci­en­tist Ben­jamin Franklin (1706–1790) swore by air baths. Be­fore he started his work­day, Franklin would sit with­out any clothes on for up to an hour in front of an open win­dow on the first floor of his build­ing. He wrote that the shock of cold wa­ter was too vi­o­lent for him and it was more agree­able for him to bathe in cold air. Franklin would ei­ther read or write dur­ing his “bath.”

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