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Surely all Ricochetois have read (or at least heard of) I, Pencil, Leonard Reed’s 1958 fable about the necessity of trade and how nobody could actually create a pencil on their own from scratch. If not, read it now at the above link.
Well, Reed was a lightweight. He merely talked about this principle. He never actually tried to make a pencil from scratch, all by himself. YouTuber Andy George puts Reed to shame. No, he didn’t try to make a pencil from scratch. He set out to make a simple chicken sandwich from scratch.
It took him 6 months and $1,500 to pull it off, and after all that the end product wasn’t even really that great a sandwich (“Six months of my life for not bad.”):
Also, even after six months and $1,500, he still had to cheat
a little a lot. He didn’t raise the chicken himself, for example, though he did kill it.