“A party is not a party without balloons…”
We’ve scoured the depths of the internet (and Pinterest) to put together some of our favorite balloon designs and fun facts to inspire your helium balloon idea!
For over 200 years, balloons have been used for a variety of different tasks ranging from scientific research to saving lives to flight.
One may argue, however, that one of the most popular uses of balloons is to celebrate things important to us. Balloons come in all shapes, sizes and colors and can be used as building blocks for some of the most intricate designs…
And let’s not forget sculptures…
Fun facts about balloons and helium!
- The world’s first hydrogen-filled gas balloon was launched on August 27, 1783, by Professor Jacques Charles and Robert Brothers who designed and made it.
- Subsequently, that first gas balloon ended up destroyed by terrified villagers after it landed because they didn’t know what it was.
- Before toy balloons were invented, people inflated pig bladders and animal intestines.
- The first rubber balloon was made by Professor Michael Faraday in 1824, out of two sheet of rubber whose edges were pressed together.
- Helium is one of the lightest and least dense of all the chemical elements, thanks to the chemical stability and extremely small size of single helium atoms.
- Helium’s low density is what causes balloons filled with the gas to float, buoyed up by the denser surrounding air.
- Silver metalized balloons were invented in the 1970s for the New York City Ballet.
- Helium balloons were also used on other planets. The Russian space probes Vega 1 and Vega 2 used helium balloons to drop scientific instruments into the atmosphere of Venus in 1985.
- The first living beings that flew in a balloon were a sheep, a duck and a rooster. The sheep was named Montauciel which means “Climb-to-the-sky.”
- Popped toy balloons make the noise of a sonic boom. When a hole is made in a balloon, it starts to grow at almost the speed of sound in rubber which is greater than the speed of sound in the air which makes a boom.
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