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Tweet Your 21st Century Aphorism and Win Tickets!

Posted by Kinsley Suer | 07 October 2009


One of the things Ben Franklin is well known for (aside from helping found a nation and discovering electricity with that whole kite trick) is the publication of Poor Richard’s Almanack- a periodical composed of lunar charts, farming tips and clever little bits of folksy wisdom penned by Franklin himself.

These “nuggets,” called aphorisms, have been quoted and re-quoted so often that you’ve probably heard them a million times without ever stopping to question where they came from.

Some examples:

“A Stitch in Time, Saves Nine.”
(what does that even MEAN?)

“Early to BED, Early to RISE, Makes a Man HEALTHY, WEALTHY and WISE.” 
(original capitalization used- I swear)

“An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure.”

Well, you get the picture.

These time-worn (in some cases threadbare) pieces of wisdom could use some updating, we thought.

So, we are offering you the chance to win a pair of tickets to Ben Franklin: Unplugged by penning your own 21st century update of one of Ben’s aphorisms and submitting it to us by either posting it on our Facebook Wall or tweeting it to us @pcsghost with the hashtag #a4ism.

Check out the other entries in the contest here. PCS staff will receive a list of anonymized entries and will vote for their favorite on November 2nd.

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