Science: Chicken Killer

One bright winter day in 1748, Benjamin Franklin staged an epochal picnic by the Schuylkill River. On the opposite bank were arrayed Leyden jars. Using the river for a conductor. Franklin electrically fired a pan of brandy. To his guests' amazement, a turkey was then electrocuted, cooked on an electrically turned spit over an electrically-lighted fire. After further experiments Franklin declared that electrocuted fowl "eats uncommonly tender."

Last week, 188 years too late to be original but still new enough to be of interest to most San Franciscans, the wholesale poultry...

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