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In celebration of Black History Month, it’s only right we recognize some of the amazing contributions African Americans have made to society. Here are 5 awesome things you probably had no idea were invented by black people.


Lonnie Johnson

Lonnie Johnson, a nuclear engineer, stumbled upon the technology for the Super Soaker while working on a completely different project that involved a cooling device that ran on water instead of freon.

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