The Truss Wars



The year is 1905. Hercules Atrick, an inventor of little reknown from South Minneapolis, Minnesota, is credited with inventing the first truss.




Having suffered from a terminal hernia condition, Mr. Atrick developed a simple leather belt with pads placed appropriately to hold in his hernia while he carried on his daily inventing chores. His new invention worked like a charm.



Meanwhile, next door, Hyrum Shank was developing the Shank Truss.

Curiously enough, due to a peek hole in the Atrick laboratory wall, the Shank Truss exactly resembled the Hercules Truss.






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