Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Lonnie Johnson and The Super Soaker

As we enjoy the unseasonably warm February weather, we prepare for what might be another record breaking summer with temperatures in the triple digits!  What’s one way to find relief from the heat?  The Super Soaker! 

In early 1982, African American inventor, Lonnie Johnson was working on developing a heat pump that would work by circulating water rather than freon.  In the basement of his home, he took some tubing with a specially designed nozzle on one end and connected it to his bathroom sink.  When Johnson turned on the faucet, a stream of water shot out of the nozzle clear across the room.  His first thought was, “this would make a great water gun.”  Watch Johnson’s story below. 


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