Seeds of the Super Soaker
From the Web site SkoolDays: "(Aerospace engineer Lonnie) Johnson named his first prototype the Pneumatic Water Gun, and he patented it in 1986. Because it proved so expensive to make, the gun's manufacturer would wait a few years until he sat down with executives from the Larami toy company. The newly named and slightly altered Power Drencher was patented in 1988, and in 1990, the water gun that was capable of firing up to 50 feet away hit the shelves. Three years later, the Drencher was re-named the Super Soaker, and this was the name that stuck."