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(The New York Times)   We all know and love the Super Soaker. Yet, where did this marvelous water-filled funtime playtoy come from? What remarkable genius supersized (and superpowered) the lowly leaky water pistol and made it the ultimate youth backyard weapon?   (nytimes.com) divider line 66
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2013-08-04 09:50:20 AM
You know what makes a Super Soaker even more fun? Filling it with Asian fish sauce.
 
2013-08-04 10:00:51 AM
It doesn't take a rocket scientist.. oh wait.
 
2013-08-04 11:47:02 AM

Dinki: It doesn't take a rocket scientist.. oh wait.


george washington carver invented it i bet
 
2013-08-04 11:50:53 AM

PacManDreaming: You know what makes a Super Soaker even more fun? Filling it with Asian fish sauce.


Better idea

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-08-04 11:51:33 AM
I'll take a water weenie over a super soaker any day of the week
 
2013-08-04 11:54:03 AM
I remember a day long ago where....i don't like to talk about it, but......we were on routine patrol in the cul de sac, when word came over that we had some unfriendlies about a click away. I was strapped with the super soaker and had  a water pistols.  We had about a dozen water balloons each. I was on point an encountered the first group. I laid down some supression fire while Mikey and Richie established the flank to my left. Or so we thought. "Plap!" "Plap!" I got hit in the face and hit the deck.  I looked up and teenagers were on the roof, in a classic pincers counter.  They rained hell on us for what seemed lke hours. I tried to give it back but there was no hope.  I ran out of water and started with the pistols.  Yeah, they got some of us, but I tell you this, some of those boys wore some of ours that day.  We mighta taken some but we game some too. Anyways, I was trying to cover Mikey, and.....I'd heard of this kind of thing but never seen it before.....those bastards, they.....I don't like to talk about it, but.....At one point they took out  a garden hose. It was  a hell on earth.  They got a hold of Joey and....and.....those bastards.......they pantsed him in front of some girls.  Animals.  Animals, every last one of them.  He was too young for that.  He didn't know what he was getting into.  Probably why they chose him.

I managed to escape. I figure they left me for dead.  I don't like thinking about what I did but war makes you do things sometimes.  I managed to get a few balloons.  Ours, theirs?  Doesn't matter. I took out some civilians on the way home. Why?  Don't ask me.  I don't want to talk about it.

When I got back my mom tried to give me some pizza.  Said I was a hero.  You know who deserves that pizza?  The boys who didn't come back.  Go give pizza to Joey.  He earned it.  Not me.

I can still hear that "plap!" when I go to sleep.  and the sounds of screaming.

Water balloon fights are hell.  You may not believe in water balloon fights, but trust me, I've been there;  water balloon fights believe in you.
 
2013-08-04 11:58:23 AM
I invented the supersoaker in '82. Basically a soda bottle with straps worn as a backpack, with a pump on top and a hose on bottom that lead to a simple valve and nozzle as the "gun".
 
2013-08-04 12:08:17 PM
I'll stick with Cytherea, thanks.
 
2013-08-04 12:08:53 PM
I had a battery powered uzi. I still rank that above a super soaker as the the rat-a-tat-tat meant someone knew they were going down.
 
2013-08-04 12:08:53 PM

rickythepenguin: I remember a day long ago where....i don't like to talk about it, but......we were on routine patrol in the cul de sac, when word came over that we had some unfriendlies about a click away. I was strapped with the super soaker and had  a water pistols.  We had about a dozen water balloons each. I was on point an encountered the first group. I laid down some supression fire while Mikey and Richie established the flank to my left. Or so we thought. "Plap!" "Plap!" I got hit in the face and hit the deck.  I looked up and teenagers were on the roof, in a classic pincers counter.  They rained hell on us for what seemed lke hours. I tried to give it back but there was no hope.  I ran out of water and started with the pistols.  Yeah, they got some of us, but I tell you this, some of those boys wore some of ours that day.  We mighta taken some but we game some too. Anyways, I was trying to cover Mikey, and.....I'd heard of this kind of thing but never seen it before.....those bastards, they.....I don't like to talk about it, but.....At one point they took out  a garden hose. It was  a hell on earth.  They got a hold of Joey and....and.....those bastards.......they pantsed him in front of some girls.  Animals.  Animals, every last one of them.  He was too young for that.  He didn't know what he was getting into.  Probably why they chose him.

I managed to escape. I figure they left me for dead.  I don't like thinking about what I did but war makes you do things sometimes.  I managed to get a few balloons.  Ours, theirs?  Doesn't matter. I took out some civilians on the way home. Why?  Don't ask me.  I don't want to talk about it.

When I got back my mom tried to give me some pizza.  Said I was a hero.  You know who deserves that pizza?  The boys who didn't come back.  Go give pizza to Joey.  He earned it.  Not me.

I can still hear that "plap!" when I go to sleep.  and the sounds of screaming.

Water balloon fights are hell.  You may not believe in water balloon fights, but ...


Johnny!!
i1.ytimg.com
 
2013-08-04 12:10:41 PM
an African-American in a field in which minorities were rare

African-Americans are rare in the field of high-powered weaponry?

dontforgetatowel.com
 
2013-08-04 12:16:02 PM
I remember when the super soaker 50 came out.  my brother and I were the first kids on the block to get them (rare that we ever got things first).  for a while we dominated neighborhood water fights until the local spoiled kid - an only child - got the 200... the one with TWO water tanks on it.

we learned that we could counter him effectively by closing the distance with him and going right for the eyes.

we were like the Viet Cong...countering superior weaponry with superior tactics.
 
2013-08-04 12:16:17 PM

rickythepenguin: I remember a day long ago where....I



Kids these days.  They will never understand war or what it means to see a friend go down in combat with about a dozen fragments of plastic riddled on their dying corpse, their shirts stained by the food colored water.  They have their Xbox's and their Playstations.  But we had guts.  We had glory.  We came back from those neighborhood wars that we didn't want to go into.  Why we went, we'll leave that for the civvies to figure out, but we knew we had a job and it wasn't done until the sun went down.  War is hell.  With the constant streams of water flying over the trenches, lunch in and lunch out, you never knew if you were gonna go home dry or soaking wet.  The lucky ones had one or two sprays.  The cowards went home dry.
 
2013-08-04 12:18:47 PM
We all know and love the Super Soaker.

I have never seen a super soaker except in movies or television. I guess I still "know" it but for a weak value of "know", I don't know the super soaker in the biblical sense.
 
2013-08-04 12:20:19 PM
As an African-American in a field in which minorities were rare, he was often underestimated, he says. "Most of my career as an engineer, I was put in environments where I was the only person of color in the room."

That article works just as well without the last two sentences of the second paragraph. You invented something cool. Only an idiot gives a shiat about the color of your skin.
 
2013-08-04 12:20:44 PM
Bloomberg has decided to ban water guns.
 
2013-08-04 12:21:34 PM

talkertopc: We all know and love the Super Soaker.

I have never seen a super soaker except in movies or television. I guess I still "know" it but for a weak value of "know", I don't know the super soaker in the biblical sense.


But the question is, has it known you.
 
2013-08-04 12:21:37 PM

talkertopc: We all know and love the Super Soaker.

I have never seen a super soaker except in movies or television. I guess I still "know" it but for a weak value of "know", I don't know the super soaker in the biblical sense.


Well, you probably shouldn't know the super soaker in a biblical sense unless you're really a freak.
 
2013-08-04 12:22:46 PM

Gifted Many Few: I had a battery powered uzi. I still rank that above a super soaker as the the rat-a-tat-tat meant someone knew they were going down.


Child of the 80s here.  I had two of those uzis.   I don't recall how far they shot water, but the sound and realistic look were incomparable.    In fact, our backyard clubhouse was served as the neighborhood armory.  Kids who didn't have toy guns could come by our place prior to the battle and get properly outfitted.
 
2013-08-04 12:24:12 PM

bhcompy: water weenie


i.imgur.com
 
2013-08-04 12:25:05 PM

lazymojo: I remember when the super soaker 50 came out.  my brother and I were the first kids on the block to get them (rare that we ever got things first).  for a while we dominated neighborhood water fights until the local spoiled kid - an only child - got the 200... the one with TWO water tanks on it.

we learned that we could counter him effectively by closing the distance with him and going right for the eyes.

we were like the Viet Cong...countering superior weaponry with superior tactics.


But then I got goggles.
 
2013-08-04 12:25:39 PM

PacManDreaming: You know what makes a Super Soaker even more fun? Filling it with Asian fish sauce.


Or gasoline!
 
2013-08-04 12:25:44 PM

InternetSecurityGuard: As an African-American in a field in which minorities were rare, he was often underestimated, he says. "Most of my career as an engineer, I was put in environments where I was the only person of color in the room."

That article works just as well without the last two sentences of the second paragraph. You invented something cool. Only an idiot gives a shiat about the color of your skin.


that is the point of the artical
i've seen more stories on the supersoaker than any other toy.
 
2013-08-04 12:26:46 PM
And I remember Boston trying to sue the hell out of Super Soaker when one idiot was squirted with one and returned fire with a real one.
 
2013-08-04 12:28:30 PM

InternetSecurityGuard: As an African-American in a field in which minorities were rare, he was often underestimated, he says. "Most of my career as an engineer, I was put in environments where I was the only person of color in the room."

That article works just as well without the last two sentences of the second paragraph. You invented something cool. Only an idiot gives a shiat about the color of your skin.


You don't find that important? The man's state of mind in that room?

Yes, only an idiot gives a shiat about the color of one's skin, but this guy has had to deal with those idiots his whole career.

Not everyone has lived the same privileged life as you.
 
2013-08-04 12:28:32 PM

SithLord: rickythepenguin: I remember a day long ago where....I


Kids these days.  They will never understand war or what it means to see a friend go down in combat with about a dozen fragments of plastic riddled on their dying corpse, their shirts stained by the food colored water.  They have their Xbox's and their Playstations.  But we had guts.  We had glory.  We came back from those neighborhood wars that we didn't want to go into.  Why we went, we'll leave that for the civvies to figure out, but we knew we had a job and it wasn't done until the sun went down.  War is hell.  With the constant streams of water flying over the trenches, lunch in and lunch out, you never knew if you were gonna go home dry or soaking wet.  The lucky ones had one or two sprays.  The cowards went home dry.


I'm right with you two.  Can you imagine today some punk screaming because some kid got his smartphone wet?  I think we called that collateral damage, when some ninny (neighborhood kid no one liked) decided to stroll into cross-fire.
 
2013-08-04 12:29:32 PM
Major pumping required.
sites.google.com
 
2013-08-04 12:30:10 PM

LeroyBourne: SithLord: rickythepenguin: I remember a day long ago where....I


Kids these days.  They will never understand war or what it means to see a friend go down in combat with about a dozen fragments of plastic riddled on their dying corpse, their shirts stained by the food colored water.  They have their Xbox's and their Playstations.  But we had guts.  We had glory.  We came back from those neighborhood wars that we didn't want to go into.  Why we went, we'll leave that for the civvies to figure out, but we knew we had a job and it wasn't done until the sun went down.  War is hell.  With the constant streams of water flying over the trenches, lunch in and lunch out, you never knew if you were gonna go home dry or soaking wet.  The lucky ones had one or two sprays.  The cowards went home dry.

I'm right with you two.  Can you imagine today some punk screaming because some kid got his smartphone wet?  I think we called that collateral damage, when some ninny (neighborhood kid no one liked) decided to stroll into cross-fire.


People in the 90s and early didn't regularly carry around $600 electronics that get ruined when wet. Hell people would have laughed if you told them 80% of the popular would be carrying around electronic that expensive everyday.
 
2013-08-04 12:34:17 PM

Carth: 80% of the popular


Of the popular what?
 
2013-08-04 12:36:06 PM

SithLord: They have their Xbox's and their Playstations. But we had guts. We had glory. We came back from those neighborhood wars that we didn't want to go into.


We could also fearlessly (for the most part) run through the yards of people we didn't know, hide in their bushes, and even fill up with their hoses.  Nobody called the cops or wondered if we were up to no good.      I lived in a subdivision when I received my first high-powered pellet rifle.  I set up a pellet trap target in our garage, opened the garage door, and went to the end of the driveway next to the street to practice shooting from different positions.  Nobody ever said a word.  If the cops were ever called, the dispatcher probably said something like "Call us back when he points the gun at your house."
 
2013-08-04 12:36:44 PM
Water gun fights were for pansies. Bottle rockets were where the real playground warriors made their names.

/Although a well timed water balloon could devastate the enemy's arms supply.
 
2013-08-04 12:38:25 PM

doglover: Carth: 80% of the popular

Of the popular what?


80% of the popular kids at school.
 
2013-08-04 12:40:35 PM

Carth: People in the 90s and early didn't regularly carry around $600 electronics that get ruined when wet. Hell people would have laughed if you told them 80% of the popular would be carrying around electronic that expensive everyday.


Exactly.  When's the last time anybody got pushed into a pool?  You just DO NOT DO THAT these days.
 
2013-08-04 12:41:52 PM
Bro and I both have birthdays in the summer, and consistently one of his presents was just about the biggest supersoaker or nearest facsimile his six-year-old body could handle. One year, they got one that if you stood it up, it was taller than he was. He still ran out and soaked half my family before anyone knew what was going on. The previous years' presents and water balloons would then be handed out to everyone, and we'd all hunt bro down for some water-boarding-esque revenge. :)

/food fights were also common
//god I miss my family
 
2013-08-04 12:42:14 PM

Carth: LeroyBourne: SithLord: rickythepenguin: I remember a day long ago where....I


Kids these days.  They will never understand war or what it means to see a friend go down in combat with about a dozen fragments of plastic riddled on their dying corpse, their shirts stained by the food colored water.  They have their Xbox's and their Playstations.  But we had guts.  We had glory.  We came back from those neighborhood wars that we didn't want to go into.  Why we went, we'll leave that for the civvies to figure out, but we knew we had a job and it wasn't done until the sun went down.  War is hell.  With the constant streams of water flying over the trenches, lunch in and lunch out, you never knew if you were gonna go home dry or soaking wet.  The lucky ones had one or two sprays.  The cowards went home dry.

I'm right with you two.  Can you imagine today some punk screaming because some kid got his smartphone wet?  I think we called that collateral damage, when some ninny (neighborhood kid no one liked) decided to stroll into cross-fire.

People in the 90s and early didn't regularly carry around $600 electronics that get ruined when wet. Hell people would have laughed if you told them 80% of the popular would be carrying around electronic that expensive everyday.


Do kids even push each other into the pool, creek or lake anymore?

The best thing about having a son was he was at the right age when all the big waterguns hit their stride so of course Dad has to have one also.  Got lucky walking thru Target near the end of Summer and they had them marked down to $5 a piece. Good Times

In high school we made our own, we acquired one of those big chrome fire extinguisher and found we could fill it with water and compressed air and drive around squirting people who were walking down the street. dang we were jerks.
 
2013-08-04 12:44:10 PM

LongWindedMute: Bottle rockets were where the real playground warriors made their names.


You have a funny way of spelling Roman Candles and BB guns.
 
2013-08-04 12:47:30 PM

Carth: LeroyBourne: SithLord: rickythepenguin: I remember a day long ago where....I


Kids these days.  They will never understand war or what it means to see a friend go down in combat with about a dozen fragments of plastic riddled on their dying corpse, their shirts stained by the food colored water.  They have their Xbox's and their Playstations.  But we had guts.  We had glory.  We came back from those neighborhood wars that we didn't want to go into.  Why we went, we'll leave that for the civvies to figure out, but we knew we had a job and it wasn't done until the sun went down.  War is hell.  With the constant streams of water flying over the trenches, lunch in and lunch out, you never knew if you were gonna go home dry or soaking wet.  The lucky ones had one or two sprays.  The cowards went home dry.

I'm right with you two.  Can you imagine today some punk screaming because some kid got his smartphone wet?  I think we called that collateral damage, when some ninny (neighborhood kid no one liked) decided to stroll into cross-fire.

People in the 90s and early didn't regularly carry around $600 electronics that get ruined when wet. Hell people would have laughed if you told them 80% of the popular would be carrying around electronic that expensive everyday.


I know.
 
2013-08-04 12:50:11 PM

Superjew: Carth: People in the 90s and early didn't regularly carry around $600 electronics that get ruined when wet. Hell people would have laughed if you told them 80% of the popular would be carrying around electronic that expensive everyday.

Exactly.  When's the last time anybody got pushed into a pool?  You just DO NOT DO THAT these days.


I doubt it. The kids  today do seem to have pretty epic airsoft gun wars though if the number of little 'bullets' i find in the woods behind our house is any indication. One day i stumbled upon an entire trench system they dug.
 
2013-08-04 12:52:05 PM

Superjew: Carth: People in the 90s and early didn't regularly carry around $600 electronics that get ruined when wet. Hell people would have laughed if you told them 80% of the popular would be carrying around electronic that expensive everyday.

Exactly.  When's the last time anybody got pushed into a pool?  You just DO NOT DO THAT these days.


"Hey,  can see your phone for a sec?"

"Huh? Yeah,  sure..."

*shove*

*splash*
 
2013-08-04 12:58:32 PM

Carth: Superjew: Carth: People in the 90s and early didn't regularly carry around $600 electronics that get ruined when wet. Hell people would have laughed if you told them 80% of the popular would be carrying around electronic that expensive everyday.

Exactly.  When's the last time anybody got pushed into a pool?  You just DO NOT DO THAT these days.

I doubt it. The kids  today do seem to have pretty epic airsoft gun wars though if the number of little 'bullets' i find in the woods behind our house is any indication. One day i stumbled upon an entire trench system they dug.


Maybe there is some hope left
 
2013-08-04 01:06:56 PM
I refer to my penis as my super soaker.
 
2013-08-04 01:08:26 PM
SuperSoaker is dead to me. Ever since the Nerf brand merge and the CPS lawsuit. Kids these days don't know a real watergun from a squirt gun. /CPS 2000 mk1.
 
2013-08-04 01:12:28 PM
What I don't understand is why in the movie Signs after the "water destroys aliens" discovery there is not a super-soaker-fuelled orgy of alien head exploding violence set to Thus Spake Zarathustra. That's how to end a god damned alien invasion movie.
 
2013-08-04 01:13:17 PM

InternetSecurityGuard: As an African-American in a field in which minorities were rare, he was often underestimated, he says. "Most of my career as an engineer, I was put in environments where I was the only person of color in the room."

That article works just as well without the last two sentences of the second paragraph. You invented something cool. Only an idiot gives a shiat about the color of your skin.


Unfortunately there are a lot of idiots. White Nationalists have an absolute hard-on for this guy. He somehow destroyed the narrative that "no black person has ever invented anything".
 
2013-08-04 01:22:19 PM

Carth: Superjew: Carth: People in the 90s and early didn't regularly carry around $600 electronics that get ruined when wet. Hell people would have laughed if you told them 80% of the popular would be carrying around electronic that expensive everyday.

Exactly.  When's the last time anybody got pushed into a pool?  You just DO NOT DO THAT these days.

I doubt it. The kids  today do seem to have pretty epic airsoft gun wars though if the number of little 'bullets' i find in the woods behind our house is any indication. One day i stumbled upon an entire trench system they dug.


Ah, The next generation of Heroes.

/ probably terrorists in training. I'd call the cops.
 
2013-08-04 01:30:15 PM
i189.photobucket.com
 
2013-08-04 01:36:23 PM

Cyno01: Superjew: Carth: People in the 90s and early didn't regularly carry around $600 electronics that get ruined when wet. Hell people would have laughed if you told them 80% of the popular would be carrying around electronic that expensive everyday.

Exactly.  When's the last time anybody got pushed into a pool?  You just DO NOT DO THAT these days.

"Hey,  can see your phone for a sec?"

"Huh? Yeah,  sure..."

*shove*

*splash*


This is exactly how it goes down now.
 
2013-08-04 02:12:15 PM
For pure firepower, nothing (other than a hose or bucket) beats a piston (aka syringe) style water gun.

www.popularmechanics.com

Put nozzle in water and pull back plunger to load, push plunger to fire. Of course you are tempted to empty the whole thing in 2 seconds if you have a good target so you need facilities for frequent reloading. Best used near swimming pools, creeks, etc. If you set up a base-camp with buckets of water the fights may devolve into the enemy trying to destroy your water supply.

(sometime around 1991 I shipped a bunch of different waterguns to an adult friend in France because such advanced models were then not locally available)
 
2013-08-04 02:16:53 PM

HairBolus: For pure firepower, nothing (other than a hose or bucket) beats a piston (aka syringe) style water gun.

[www.popularmechanics.com image 470x150]

Put nozzle in water and pull back plunger to load, push plunger to fire. Of course you are tempted to empty the whole thing in 2 seconds if you have a good target so you need facilities for frequent reloading. Best used near swimming pools, creeks, etc. If you set up a base-camp with buckets of water the fights may devolve into the enemy trying to destroy your water supply.

(sometime around 1991 I shipped a bunch of different waterguns to an adult friend in France because such advanced models were then not locally available)


Those are perfect for pools and lakes and cheap
 
2013-08-04 02:17:21 PM
piston style

epswww.unm.edu
 
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