The History of Aquatic Warfare

Colin Patrick

There was a time when water fights were much more civil. A time when your only option in liquid warfare was to form a cup with your hands, fill it with water and then clench your fingers together as tightly as you could as you ran toward your target "“ lest all of your ammo should drip through your fingers.

Then, one glorious day, the water gun was born "“ and water battles were never the same. After that, things quickly got out of hand. Water pistols gave way to more and more high-powered aquatic artillery "“ leading ultimately to the Super Soaker era.

Now, thankfully, we have a way to keep track of and memorialize all of the many water gun innovations the world has seen over the last 100-plus years "“ thanks to Good Magazine and artist Jason Polan.

Click here to see the complete, full-size version of his all-encompassing history.