Thomas Jefferson Day.

We all (probably) know that Thomas Jefferson was one of the Founding Fathers of America, its third President, and the principal author of the United States Declaration of Independence of 1776. However, did you know that he was also many other things?

A successful architect, he helped popularise the Neo-Palladian style, a form of architecture based around classical Roman symmetry and mathematical proportions. On top of this he was a gourmet and a wine lover, an ornithologist and a writer, and an inventor of various knickknacks and doohickeys.

His portable writing desk could be carried around each day; he designed a revolving bookstand capable of displaying five volumes at once; and “Great Clock” was powered by the Earth’s gravitational pull on Revolutionary War cannonballs.

Jefferson was a Jack of all trades but there’s one I wager he never managed to master: normal, everyday boredom.


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