The History of Aquatic Warfare

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.

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Don't Have Space For a Christmas Tree? Decorate a Pineapple Instead

Christmas trees aren't for everyone. Some people can't fit a fir inside their cramped abodes, while others are turned off by the expense, or by the idea of bugs hitchhiking their way inside. Fake trees are always an option, but a new trend sweeping Instagram—pineapples as mini-Christmas "trees"—might convince you to forego the forest vibe for a more tropical aesthetic.

As Thrillist reports, the pineapple-as-Christmas-tree idea appears to have originated on Pinterest before it, uh, ripened into a social media sensation. Transforming a pineapple into a Halloween “pumpkin” requires carving and tea lights, but to make the fruit festive for Christmas all one needs are lights, ornaments, swaths of garland, and any other tiny tchotchkes that remind you of the holidays. The final result is a tabletop decoration that's equal parts Blue Hawaii and Miracle on 34th Street.

In need of some decorating inspiration? Check out a variety of “Christmas tree” pineapples below.

[h/t Thrillist]


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