Stiltwalking's Not Just for Circus Performers, You Know

By Alexis C. Madrigal

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The Atlantic is housed in The Watergate. Yes, that Watergate. And we're moving floors right now, so there's a lot of construction going on. Today, as I walked down the hallway, I spotted this guy bopping around the office in stilts that are maybe 30-inches tall. I was struck by the agility he displayed. Dude might as well have been walking around in his socks he was so good on these things.

Where have I been? I thought stilts were for circus performers and people with unusual sexual predilections. Turns out, the construction industry makes substantial use of stiltwalking in drywall and overhead ceiling tile work. Has anyone tried these leg enhancements on? Is this a tough skill to learn?

Should you care to try some, they'll set you back at least 120 bones.

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