July 09, 2014

In 1982 Lonnie Johnson made a discovery that would change his life and the future of toys. He’s a nuclear engineer by training who was working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NASA’s Galileo Mission at the time of his discovery. He always dreamed of being an independent inventor, but knew he had to keep his day job to pay the bills. He loved his job, but he hoped his idea for a powerful squirt gun would be his ticket to freedom. In the latest installment of our series, "Brought to you by," we look at the happy accident that changed squirt guns forever: The Super Soaker.

And, interns at top firms in Silicon Valley and related tech firms can, reportedly, make between $5,000 and $7,000 per month. Some of them are still in high school. It might appear insane for a high school intern to make more pay, annualized, than his or her teacher before even leaving said high school. But it’s not. It’s a reflection of the tech sector’s realities.

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