Additional evidence suggests plumbers were overcharging customers as far back as 25,000 years ago
Last week’s discovery at Serra da Capivara National Park in northeast Brazil reveals that early man not only hunted and gathered but also used reciprocating saws similar to the 9 Amp Professional Variable Speed Reciprocating Saw (item #: 69006) available at Harbor Freight Tools. “I was as surprised as anyone,” offered Professor Adriano Souza, head of tool archeology at Universidade Paulista. “We were familiar with early man using primitive versions of hammers and knives but fully functional reciprocating saws? We had no idea.” A hidden cavern covered by three feet of solid rock recently became accessible due to seismic activity and that’s where the cave drawing dating back 25,000 years was found.
“The drawing clearly shows an indigenous tribesman with a reciprocating saw in his hand. He appears to be cutting some sort of reed. Reeds were commonly used in early plumbing structures such as primitive faucets,” explained Souza. “We may very well be looking at the first plumber on Earth!” Within the cavern, Souza’s team also discovered an invoice overcharging for simple services. “This one refers to an installation of a new reed leading out of a hut, likely an early sewer drain. The invoice shows payment due of 12 chickens and the skins of seven Tropidurus lizards. That’s exorbitant! A job like that shouldn’t have run more than 8 chickens and two Tropidurus lizard skins.” In an adjoining cavern, another drawing shows a tribesman waiting all day for the plumber to arrive, indicated by several depictions of the sun in varying positions in the sky.
What still puzzles Souza’s team is the power source for the reciprocating saws. “Harnessing of conventional electricity didn’t happen for millennia. My theory is that they plugged the reciprocating saws into electric eels.” Considering that Serra da Capivara National Park is situated between the river valley systems of Riacho Toca da Onca, Riacho Baixo da Lima, Riacho Bom Jesus and the Gruta do Pinga, the theory is quite plausible. “That would explain the primitive extension cords we found in the cavern as well.”
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