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.