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"Human beings hardly ever learn from the experience of others. They learn; when they do, which isn't often, on their own, the hard way."
- Robert Heinlein

Water Bulb  
  A zero-gee dispenser of liquids.  

This particular device was used on a Moon shuttle.

I held up my bulb of water and my ration box. The seal had clearly been tampered with on both containers, and visibly there was water missing.
From The Space Merchants, by Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth).
Published by St. Martin's Press in 1952
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Compare to the drinking bulb from Larry Niven's 1966 short story The Warriors (although most readers probably remember it from his 1971 novel Ringworld). In Niven's Known Space, drinking bulbs were used by everyone, even on planets.

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