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Lonnie G. Johnson

When a homemade faucet shot water from NASA engineer Lonnie G. Johnson's bathroom sink through the air and into his tub, he was inspired to invent the world’s first pressurized water gun, the Super Soaker. Every year since its inception, the high-performance squirter has ranked among the top 10 best-selling toys of the year.

(Photo: Courtesy of Hasbro) 

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