Thank NASA for your time at Camp Super Soaker.
5 Awesome Things Invented by the Last People You’d Expect

#4. The Super Soaker Was Created by a NASA Rocket Scientist
[NASA engineer Lonnie] Johnson’s major contribution to society came in 1982 while he was screwing around at home working on something silly and trivial, like a new type of heat pump. Heat pumps normally use Freon gas, but Johnson was trying to make one that worked off of water alone. When he switched on the pump, water fired out and slammed into the shower curtain with way more force than he had expected, and the idea of heat transfer suddenly seemed a whole lot less interesting than shooting some poor son of a bitch right in the face with it.

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Thank NASA for your time at Camp Super Soaker.

5 Awesome Things Invented by the Last People You’d Expect

#4. The Super Soaker Was Created by a NASA Rocket Scientist

[NASA engineer Lonnie] Johnson’s major contribution to society came in 1982 while he was screwing around at home working on something silly and trivial, like a new type of heat pump. Heat pumps normally use Freon gas, but Johnson was trying to make one that worked off of water alone. When he switched on the pump, water fired out and slammed into the shower curtain with way more force than he had expected, and the idea of heat transfer suddenly seemed a whole lot less interesting than shooting some poor son of a bitch right in the face with it.

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