Newly Discovered Cave Drawing Reveals Early Man Used Reciprocating Saws

Additional evidence suggests plumbers were overcharging customers as far back as 25,000 years ago

cave drawing

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.”

 

 

SPRING SUPER SAVINGS FEATURED ITEM: 5 MIL NITRILE POWDER-FREE GLOVES 100 PC

Nitrile Glove

Whether you’re an arts & crafts hobbyist or a professional contractor, you’ll want to keep several boxes of the 5 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 100 Pc on hand. And there’s never been a better time to get your hands on them (and in them) then at the Spring Super Savings event running through March 30th at all Harbor Freight stores!

Nitrile gloves provide better chemical resistance compared to latex gloves and won’t trigger latex allergies. The gloves come in multiple sizes and provide a protective barrier against dirt, grime and oil as well as many chemicals and solvents. The gloves universally fit right or left hands with a comfortable fit and feel. They’re ideal for food processing, janitorial, painting, maintenance and light shop work.

Pick up the 5 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 100 Pc today and remember that just because you work hard doesn’t mean your hands have to show it!

5 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 100 Pc (Medium, Large and X-Large)
item #: 68496, 68497, 68498

THE ADVENTURE OF HERCULES’ BROTHER…

1 In Roller Ball Bearing

We all know the legend of Hercules—half god, half human, and the strongest man on Earth. Hercules embarked on many adventures, including the “12 Labors” which were near impossible tasks meant to test his strength, endurance and courage. But lesser known is the singular adventure of Hercules’ kid brother, Doofus…

Doofus worked for the Ancient Greece Post Office delivering scrolls and parcels to his fellow countrymen. His life was pretty ordinary. While his brother was busy slaying the Nemean Lion, Doofus was busy slaying a gyro with steak fries. Such was the life of Doofus. All that changed one day while making a delivery to the Parthenon. He was suddenly confronted by the god Carpenterus in the form of a 2 x 4. “Doofus!” said the deified wooden post, “You must travel to Seriphos Island—there you will find a piece of furniture, a golden buffet, that needs to be returned to Athens. I must warn you that your journey will be fraught with peril. On the island lives four Cyclopes—foul, one-eyed giants who like to eat human flesh. Also, the buffet itself is quite heavy. Not even your brother Hercules could lift it! No pressure but if you fail in this task, Greece’s populous will be turned into Erymanthian rock slugs. Good luck and Zeus-speed.”

Doofus set sail right away and traveled through tumultuous seas for the better part of a month before arriving at Seriphos. The oldest of the Cyclopes saw Doofus’ ship coming from a mile away, hence the phrase “good eye” was coined for someone with sharp vision. When Doofus landed on the island, he was immediately greeted by the uniocular beasts. “Foolish mortal!” they bellowed in unison, “we are going to eat you!” Doofus had only a pocket knife as well as a handful of peanuts—the latter of which he offered to the creatures. Not wishing to be impolite before devouring this measly human, the one-eyed giants ate the peanuts. It is well documented in Greek mythology that Cyclopes have terrible nut allergies. Having not read their own mythology and thus lacking epinephrine pens, they dropped dead on the spot. Phew! Doofus searched the island and discovered the golden buffet, which was made of some sort of immortal substance colored gold but not actually gold itself—“laminate” they called it and it was heavy beyond belief! If only the buffet had wheels or something. An idea hit Doofus like a flash and he pulled out his pocket knife.

He used the eyes of the Cyclopes like roller ball bearings and placed one each under the corners of the buffet. Moving it then became a breeze! Doofus returned to the mainland with the buffet, prevented Greek citizens from being turned into slugs and was promoted to Ancient Greece Post Office Master General. At least that’s how mythology tells the tale. But nothing is mythological about the benefits of the 1″ Roller Ball Bearing (item #: 67060) from Harbor Freight Tools! The roller ball bearing is an essential component to building your own mobile base and rolling work table. The bearing is multidirectional for optimal maneuverability once in use. This handy roller ball bearing is just what you need for constructing moveable surfaces in the home, garage or professional workshop!

Mortals should visit one of Harbor Freight’s peril-free 500+ stores nationwide to get the 1″ Roller Ball Bearing. Please wear tunics and sandals in the stores and no three-headed dogs allowed.

1″ Roller Ball Bearing
item #: 67060

THE NO LONGER 8-IN-1 DEVICE…

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Darn lawyers! Originally, we called this amazing new device the 8-In-1 Blower Vacuum Mulcher Paperweight Personal-Self-Defense-Weapon Anti-Yapping-Dog-Apparatus Confetti-Storm-Maker Modern-Art-Piece. We had this great ad all designed – it pictured a typical family gathering set in a typical suburban backyard—a set of divorced parents with their new spouses, step children and birth children—each member holding the new device and performing one of the eight functions. The youngest child, a preschooler, is made up like Andy Warhol and is holding up the device next to a can of Campbell’s soup. His quote bubble reads “I had a lot of dates but I decided to stay home and dye my eyebrows.” Everyone in the ad is laughing at the comment, including the social worker who’s checking in on the family.

Where was I? Oh yeah, darn lawyers! Everyone here loved the ad until it found its way to the legal department… All of a sudden, there were “issues” with five of the eight functions, and did we have the rights to include a can of Campbell’s soup in the ad and what did a child imitating Andy Warhol have to do with selling this incredible new device from Harbor Freight Tools? As if they weren’t involved enough, the lawyers also questioned whether the social worker in the ad was sending the wrong message. They secured red pens and started drawing lines through stuff. They crossed out five functions, the social worker and all the family members including the mini-Warhol. What we were left with was a great product with three solid functions—the 3-In-1 Electric Blower Vacuum Mulcher (item #: 62337).

With its three legally approved functions, this baby is awesome! The efficient leaf blower converts to a vacuum with the flip of a switch. In vacuum mode, you can capture leaves, shred and bag them for mulch. Features include two speed settings for big or small jobs, a 12:1 mulch ratio and a lightweight balanced design. Accessories include a blower tube, mulcher tubes, concentrator nozzle and collection bag. Available at any one of Harbor Freight’s 500+ stores, the Portland® 3-In-1 Electric Blower Vacuum Mulcher will definitely become your go-to for yard work! And hey, if you happen to weigh down a stack of papers with it or whip up a confetti storm, not even those darn lawyers can stop you, though you will have effectively rendered your warranty null and void…

3-In-1 Electric Blower Vacuum Mulcher
item#: 62337

YES, YOU CAN ALSO USE IT TO MEASURE THE INSIDE OF A WALNUT SHELL

6 in Digital Caliper

We get some interesting questions here at Harbor Freight about our products. VERY interesting… Take the 6 In. Digital Caliper (item #: 47257) for example. This versatile tool features stainless steel construction and an easy-to-read display that converts from SAE to metric quickly and easily. It’s ideal for getting exact measurements of width and thickness up to 6″ of your project. The device also features automatic shut-off and a storage case. Now, you’d expect the usual questions about accuracy, batteries, etc. You wouldn’t expect a question like “Can I use it to measure the inside of a walnut shell?” Without mentioning names, (Beverly Smith of Burndt Corn, Alabama), someone asked that question.

Since it wasn’t the “usual” question and we always want to provide safe guidelines for product usage, we consulted our crack team of lawyers, quality assurance personnel, two independent engineering consulting firms, seven private investigators, Steven Hawking and Odin. After much debate, analysis and ritual sacrifice, we were finally able to give this anonymous customer (Beverly Smith of Burndt Corn, Alabama) an answer: Yes, you can also use it to measure the inside of a walnut shell. We braced for impact, but alas, no negative repercussions ensued. Phew!

We love our products, like the 6 In. Digital Caliper, and we love our customers—even the ones who are nuts—or measure the inside of them…

Disclaimer: Actual product, product question, customer and customer city of origin have been changed to protect the innocent. Reference to “customers, even the ones who are nuts” is merely for entertainment purposes. We would never refer to our customers as “nuts” unless actual documentation was presented and signed by a notary public.

6 in. Digital Caliper
item #: 47257

MAN’S BEST FRIEND!

10 Ton Hydraulic Log Splitter

A recent scientific study involving scientific research conducted by scientists revealed that the “dog” is not man’s best friend. Results confirmed that the dog is man’s second best friend. Man’s first and foremost best friend is the 10 Ton Hydraulic Log Splitter (item #: 67090) from Harbor Freight Tools. (Hey, it’s science. Don’t argue with it.)

The study showed that while the log splitter can’t roll over, beg or bark on command, it can split logs up to 18″ long and 6-1/2″ in diameter. Manually, operated, you won’t have to fuss with batteries, gasoline or extension cords to power it. Simply eat a good breakfast and put a little backbone into it! The extra-long handles provide added leverage—generate up to 10 tons of splitting force—that’s Green Lantern strong—yet the compact size allows for easy storage!

The 10 Ton Hydraulic Log Splitter is sure to become your reliable, loyal, nonjudgmental best friend. You will have to clean up after it, but we guarantee cleaning up after the 10 Ton Hydraulic Log Splitter will be a lot more pleasant than cleaning up after man’s second best friend. And both are preferable to cleaning up after Green Lantern… eww!

10 Ton Hydraulic Log Splitter
Item #: 67090

IRON CHEF THUNDERDOME

2 Piece Cutting Board Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s hard not to get caught up in a good episode of Iron Chef America. The chefs are incredibly talented, the energy is frenetic and the culinary creations are divine. But like anything else that’s exciting, enjoyable and compelling, the audience will eventually get bored—unless the stakes are raised. They’ve tried doing it with the secret ingredients—the likes of scorpionfish and snapping turtle but it just won’t be enough in the long run. More risk is required. Hence, Iron Chef Thunderdome. The basic premise is that two chefs enter, one chef leaves. While preparing the 4-5 dishes utilizing the secret ingredient in an hour, they also have to endure booby traps (e.g. oven mitts filled with shish-kabob skewers  coated with the venom of poison dart frogs) as well as fend off the sous chefs from the opposing team who are allowed to attack at random with knives, corkscrews and brulee torches. If both chefs survive the completion of the dishes, the judges then determine a winner. The loser becomes next week’s “secret ingredient”. That should be good for another couple of years…

Whether you live to cook, cook to live or in the case of Iron Chef Thunderdome cook to survive, you’re always going to want good kitchen equipment, like the 2 Piece Cutting Board Set (item #: 69459) from Harbor Freight Tools! These polypropylene cutting boards are extremely durable as well as easy to clean. They’re sanitary, odorless, non-toxic and heat resistant up to 260° F. They resist knife cuts better than wood which reduces the risk of salmonella—and can be used as a makeshift shield against attacking sous chefs. Visit one of Harbor Freight’s 500+ stores to get your 2 Piece Cutting Board Set—your culinary life may depend on it!

2 Piece Cutting Board Set
item #: 69459

THE OFFICIAL ANTI-FATIGUE FOAM MAT SET OF THE BEATNIK GENERATION

Anti-Fatigue Foam Mat Set 4 Pc

When we think of the Beatnik era, iconic figures like Alan Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac come to mind. Rarely do we think of Slim Whitehead, one of the greatest Beatnik poets of all time… well, at least one of the greatest Beatnik poets of his home town of Toad Suck, Arkansas. Slim had been a soybean farmer until he read Tom Wolfe’s The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby and then traded in his chisel plow for a black turtleneck, beret and second-hand bongos. He wrote prolifically during his lifetime but having stored his collective works in a shallow ditch by a freeway onramp, little record is left of his literary legacy.

What we do know is that Slim, along with many other Beatniks, suffered from extreme foot fatigue during extended poetry readings—which explains why the Anti-Fatigue Foam Mat Set 4 Pc (item #: 94635) from Harbor Freight became the official anti-fatigue mat set of the Beatnik generation. Fortunately, one of Slim’s poems survived the onslaught of rain, car exhaust and general decay. Below is Slim Whitehead’s tribute to the Anti-Fatigue Foam Mat Set 4 Pc…

STANDING COMFORT
by Slim Whitehead

Don’t be a 25” x 25” square times 4
Unless you dare
To support my weight
Like a grassy field to an anxious kangaroo
Escaped from the zoo

Lay low
Daddy-o
Absorb that impact
Like a sailboat
Who’s lost its sail
It’s still a boat
Still afloat
Like a pineapple drifting in a vat
Of ambient coconut oil

Aching feet
These non-slip interlocking foam pieces will beat
Waterproof and easy to clean
Like a duck with neoprene feathers

Cool cats at their workbenches
Standing all day
To complete projects Z thru A
Need comfort and safety
One-half inch of foam
Oh so cushy
Like working at the DMV before cars were invented

A set of four
Hipsters can buy more
And fill the floor
Configure them the way you’d like
Indoors or out
Your heart will soar
From the feet up
And clean out that place where wanton fatigue used to make its nest
Out of twigs, forgotten lovers and shredded Post-It® notes

No longer a vagabond with accounting skills
Whose life never added up for him
Because his feet hurt too much while standing

 

Anti-Fatigue Foam Mat Set 4 Pc
item#: 94635

WETWALL AND THE FALL OF AN EMPIRE

Drywall Panel Hoist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Few are familiar with the Encryptian Empire or Ancient Encrypt, not to be confused with Ancient Egypt though they existed during the same time period. (Early directions to Encrypt – head east toward Egypt and take the first exit at Chad. It will be on your left-hand side. You can’t miss it.) The Encryptians were a very advanced society. They were actually the first civilization to invent primitive computers and more importantly, they developed protocols on how to protect the stored information, hence encryption.

Egypt started building their amazing pyramids, which were the envy of the existing world. The ruler of Encrypt, King Ihop, got jealous. He pulled together his entire staff of builders, inventors and cobra gods to devise great buildings of their own. The Egyptians had cornered the limestone market and it was limestone that they used to make the pyramids. But the Encryptians had gypsum—and lots of it! One particularly cleaver Encryptian, Phil Handymantep, made plaster out of gypsum and sandwiched it between two pieces of papyrus. When it dried in the hot desert sun, the material became strong, durable and sheets of it were easy to maneuver—with the help of yaks. They named it drai woll. Phil was promoted to demi-god and the buildings went up lickety-split. To outdo the pyramids, the Encryptians built fancy rhombohedrons. Practically overnight, Ancient Encrypt became its own empire. King Ihop was so thrilled, he threw a pancake breakfast for everyone in his realm.

Things were looking pretty good for Encrypt until a torrential rain hit the desert. Turns out drai woll was quite absorbent. The buildings swelled like ticks at a blood bank—drai woll quickly became wett woll, which is only good if you want big piles of gypsum mush. The rhombohedrons fell to pieces and along with them, the Encryptian Empire. Subsequently, Phil was demoted from demi-god to “sacrifice”.

It wouldn’t be until the late 1800s in the UK that “drywall” would make a comeback. Of course, it was only used for interior work then as it still is today. And since we don’t have the benefit of yak power anymore, when working with drywall, it would behoove builders, contractors and do-it-yourselfers to get the Drywall Panel Hoist (item #: 69377) from Harbor Freight Tools! Sturdy and stable, the Drywall Panel Hoist enables you to lift drywall and sheetrock without assistance. The durable welded steel construction holds single drywall panels up to 150 lbs. and lifts up to a height of 11 ft. The drywall panel lift features an automatic load holding brake for safety, an extendable tripod base for stability and smooth-rolling non-marring rubber casters that easily lock in place.

Whether you’re fixing a damaged wall, finishing off a new room addition or looking to bump up your civilization to empire status, start with a visit to one of Harbor Freight’s 500+ stores and get the Drywall Panel Hoist. Maybe you’ll do such a good job, your mummified remains along with your mummified spouses’ remains and mummified goldfish’s remains will be buried deep within the heart of the Great Rhombohedron…

Drywall Panel Hoist
item#: 69377

 

MUSIC TO CURE STEERS!

Personal Sound Amplifier

Jasper Jovanovich was the mayor of the quaint town of Homily, North Dakota. Jasper was a great mayor though a bit hard of hearing. Because of that, he misheard a lot of information during council meetings and ended up green-lighting projects like a hog park (was supposed to be a dog park) and a strip hall (was supposed to be a strip mall). That last one really upset the parents and church goers of Homily though revenue generated from strip hall taxes pumped up the town coffers by 750%.

The final straw came when Jasper almost agreed to allowing an Arbor Skate Stools store to be built in the center of town. He couldn’t figure out why anyone would need a store selling stools for skaters made of trees but he couldn’t think of any reason not to approve it. Besides, the bingo supplies store has just gone out of business, which left a vacant space right next to the strip hall. Fortunately, the representative from Harbor Freight Tools handed Jasper an item sold in their 500+ stores—the Personal Sound Amplifier (item #: 66863).

Featuring an impact resistant housing, this nifty device delivers clear, crisp sound at your desired volume level without disturbing others. It’s ideal for theaters, plays, church, public events and especially town council meetings! You’ll never need to muddle your way through a conversation, important business meeting or civic proposal again! Plus, the personal sound amplification device comes with Harbor Freight’s ridiculously low price—now that’s music to cure steers!

Personal Sound Amplifier
item#: 66863