Most of us are familiar with the Planet of the Apes franchise. Basically, apes run the world, humans are enslaved or in hiding and bananas are worth more than their weight in gold. While many think the story is fiction, there was an incident back in 1945 that inspired the whole thing… Guy Spreckle had just returned from the war. He settled back home with his wife and two children in Sopchoppy, Florida. During a poker game one night, he won two chimpanzees named Ed and Mr. Polka Dot. Ed and Mr. Polka Dot were rather smart and could perform basic human tasks like eating with utensils and playing ping pong. They became an integral part of the Spreckle family.
Guy made his money as an auto body technician working right out of a detached garage on his property. Slowly but surely though, his auto body business dropped. Long-time customers stopped bringing their cars to him. When old customers saw Guy around town, they quickly changed direction and avoided him. Guy couldn’t figure out what was happening. A competitor must be underbidding him, but who? As far as he knew, he was the only auto body technician in town. Coincidentally, the grocery stores all around Sopchoppy were selling out of bananas almost daily.
One night, Guy was awakened by a noise out back. He put on his robe and slippers to investigate. The noise was coming from the detached garage. He crept through the door and saw a horrible sight—Ed and Mr. Polka Dot were using a pneumatic planishing hammer to fix the bumper on Old Mr. Grearson’s Studebaker while Mr. Grearson perused Reader’s Digest in the makeshift lobby. Hidden behind a hay bail, he watched how the two chimps expertly worked out the dents, reattached the bumper and then took 10 bananas as payment from Mr. Grearson. Long story short, Guy went bankrupt and moved his family to Dead Horse, Alaska, to work at his sister’s boutique glue shop. Ed and Mr. Polka Dot franchised their auto body business and made a fortune. However, after some shady dealings with a Columbian fruit cartel known as El Plátano Grande, Ed and Mr. Polka Dot were never seen or heard from again…
If you have a metal shop and boast opposable thumbs, you owe it to yourself to visit one of Harbor Freight’s 500+ stores and acquire the Pneumatic Planishing Hammer (item #: 94847). This ingenious tool is perfect for smoothing large areas of metal for welds and panel crowning. With its solid steel frame, the Pneumatic Planishing Hammer can shape steel up to 18 gauge! It also features foot pedal operation to leave your hands free to work and adjust. It’s a great addition to any metal workshop for working on auto body parts, sheet metal casing and hobbies! And the price is so low, you’ll go bananas!
Pneumatic Planishing Hammer