It’s been kinda hot lately. Fortunately not consistently swelteringly hot, but warm enough that I’ve broken sweats just walking down the street (then again, I sweat on cold days). Today, for example, was deceivingly hot.
When I was a kid, I had something I used an awful lot to stay cool on days like today, though. Well, I used it to keep cool and have water fights with my neighbour… And later to terrify my dog.
What was this wonderful device? It was a Super Soaker 50!
— SoBros Network (@SoBrosNetwork) July 5, 2017
By now, Super Soaker is a very well-known brand name. When I was a kid in the early 90’s seems to be when they really took off. I remember seeing the commercials on TV for all the latest models. Maybe those types of commercials are still running for all their latest products – I wouldn’t know, I don’t really watch kids TV anymore. Anyway, the Super Soaker 50 was the model that started it all, and we’ll get a bit more of the history of it in the video I’ve shared below.
Now at the time, my trusty Super Soaker did the job just fine for me. If I were to pick it up now, though, I’m not sure I wouldn’t try to find a way to make it shoot water a little bit harder than it does on its own. That was the same idea inventor Mark Rober had. He’s got a bunch of videos of him building stuff on his channel, and it was this giant Super Soaker that really caught my eye.
Have a look:
That’s no children’s toy. With water spraying out at 272 mph, you could easily hurt yourself by getting too close to that stream. For comparison, he says in the video that the stream from this beast is 8 times as powerful as that of a fire truck. So yeah, stay clear. That being said, he was able to spray folks at his party without anyone becoming injured (as far as I could see).
If you’re interested in finding out more about just how they built the giant Super Soaker, here’s the video he mentioned in that video:
And if you saw that giant Nerf gun in there and were curious about that, here’s his video on that project:
Man, it would have been nice to know this guy back in the day. Just imagine all the bullies you could destroy with that thing!