Lightning Rod

That’s the great thing about scientific experiments: if it succeeds, you win praise and a page in the history books. If it fails, you gain superpowers. And several pages in the comic books.

Random piece of trivia:
As a teenager, Ben Franklin wrote letters to a newspaper under the pseudonym “Mrs. Silence Dogood,” a middle-aged widow. Apparently, her writings were so popular that she received several marriage proposals.