Despite the fact that I can find any reliable sources stating that Ben Franklin had syphilis or any other STI, it’s rumored that he got around and had several illegitimate children. I think this potentially false rumor is more than made up for by the fact that people somewhat incorrectly attribute him with the discovery of electricity.

Comic Transcript:

Text: People say great minds of the past would be amazed by all of the progress society has achieved. But they’d probably be too excited about all the wrong things.

Ben Franklin: “We can talk about those flying air carriages later… You’re certain that you’ve cured venereal disease!?”

Text: Especially Ben Franklin