The town of Westminsterchesterouster had a problem. The flourishing settlement was a wonderful place to live—good weather, abundant commerce and low crime. Occasionally, there was a cart jacking or suspected witchcraft but nothing being hung upside down by the toes for three days with leeches on the forehead or burning at the stake couldn’t cure. Westminsterchesterouster expanded to its very borders and there was no place to go but up. That was the problem. The buildings in the town were really short, no more than 7 ft. high because that’s as far up as the tallest construction workers in the town could reach. The “ladder” was still centuries away from being invented. The town’s elders turned to their brightest citizen, a young visionary named Bartholomew Balsa for help. Having recently discovered Ochroma pyramidale, known as the eponymous “balsa tree”, he was tasked to come up with a solution to facilitate vertical construction indoors and out. He set to work right away. What was needed was some sort of platform but adjustable. It also needed to be portable. Yet it had to be big enough to support two to three artisans or workers at a time.
After six months and 436 sketches later, he constructed an apparatus featuring a platform with 30 adjustment points and a range from 28” to 71 1/8” in height, four locking swivel casters and built-in fittings for optional toe-boards or safety rails. The towns people were thrilled. With the “portable scaffold” as Bartholomew called it, they could reach new heights, literally, and expand the town vertically. Balsa was made honorary mayor and given precious amulets, a horse and two wives as thank you gifts. Unfortunately, his portable scaffold was made of balsa wood which could barely support a potted plant, let alone three workers with tools, mortar and other materials. The first portable scaffold lasted a total of three seconds. The Westminsterchesterousterians took back the amulets, horse and wives. Bartholomew Balsa was hung upside down by his toes for three days with leeches on his forehead, then burned at the stake. But all was not lost, thanks to Edmund Steel, another young visionary who recently discovered that when you mix iron with carbon… Using Balsa’s design, Steel constructed a portable scaffold made of steel. Everything changed after that, including the name of the town. And that’s how New York City became the thriving metropolis it is today…
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